Catalina Cylinders: Quality as a reflection of automation and innovation


     In 1986, Catalina Cylinders produced its first aluminum high pressure gas cylinder in Huntington Beach, CA. Six years later, Catalina was acquired by Aluminum Precision Products Inc. (APP), an aerospace forging manufacturer, which reopened Catalina in Garden Grove, CA. Under the ownership of APP, Catalina expanded from 12 to over 250 employees, and secured a 337,000 sq.ft. footprint between Garden Grove and Hampton, VA. In 2015, Catalina split-off from APP to become a standalone ESOP (employee-owned) company, creating a new pride of ownership for Catalina’s employees.

   Today Catalina is a leading manufacturer of high and low pressure aluminum compressed gas cylinders. Catalina’s production capacity is split evenly between its East and West coast USA facilities, which collectively supply to more than 100 countries.

    Catalina’s aluminum cylinders store gases for a wide variety of applications including ultra-high purity gases for electronics manufacturing, specialty and calibration gas, industrial gas, medical oxygen, food and beverage grade CO2, SCUBA, fire & rescue, alternative fuel, and aerospace.

Investing in automation and innovation

   Catalina has constructed a 107,000 sq.ft. facility in Garden Grove, CA, for the manufacture of large aluminum (Type 1) and composite  (Type 3) cylinders. The Catalina Composites Division has the capability to produce composite cylinders with much higher service pressures than conventional aluminum cylinders, and their brand new state-of-the-art equipment can manufacture cylinders up to 26 inches in diameter. Catalina Composites commenced operations in 2017, and has already developed multiple new and innovative cylinder products for the markets of industrial and specialty gas, alternative fuel, and aerospace.

     Within the last five years, Catalina has reinvested over 80% of its profits (EBIT) back into the business and its equipment, to automate processes and to add new capabilities. Catalina’s President and CEO, Richard Hill, who has been with Catalina since day one, spoke to this point stating, “We’ve made significant investments in new equipment and automation in recent years, which have expanded our capabilities, and have taken our product quality to another level.”

     Catalina’s Vice President of Strategy and Operations, David Silva, identified specialty and calibration gas cylinders as key growth areas for Catalina, and a driving force behind their continuous improvement. “Our customers need to control their mixed gas component concentrations at the parts per billion level, which means there’s no room for error when it comes to the quality and cleanliness of our cylinders’ internal surfaces. Meeting this customer need is a focal point of our corporate strategy. We have invested significant resources in this area and the customer response has been extremely positive. We have dialed in a process for a clean, smooth, stable product that is second to none.”

Catalina Mirror Finish™ Series Cylinders

    Catalina’s team of metallurgists, surface scientists and manufacturing engineers have developed a proprietary manufacturing process for reducing surface roughness, while increasing cleanliness and stability of internal surfaces in their Mirror Finish™ Series cylinders.

    Catalina designed these cylinders for improving the stability of ultra-high purity specialty and calibration gas mixtures, and for reducing the risk of particle generation for electronics manufacturers.

    Catalina’s Director of Engineering and automation expert, Lyndon Grove, expanded on Catalina’s process, “Producing a consistent and high quality internal cylinder surface requires a holistic approach, with tight control over every stage of the manufacturing process. The only practical way to achieve this level of control is through automation.”


Catalina Cylinders Inc.

11700 Monarch St.

Garden Grove, CA 92841, USA

David Silva +1 (714) 890-0999

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