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About Luxfer MEL Technologies

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Luxfer MEL Technologies is part of the Luxfer Group Plc comprising of five business units – Luxfer Gas Cylinders, Luxfer Graphic Arts, Luxfer Magtech, Luxfer MEL Technologies and Luxfer Superform.

Luxfer MEL Technologies provides innovative products and solutions to customers worldwide for use in a broad range of markets, including Aerospace, Automotive, Catalysis, Oil and Gas , Ceramics and Healthcare.

Our key products are based on world-class magnesium and zirconium technology.

Who we are

Luxfer MEL Technologies, a subsidiary of the Luxfer group, is a materials technology business specialising in the design, manufacture and supply of high-performance chemical and metallic materials to customers in diversified markets; aerospace, defense automotive and medical.

Established in 1935, Luxfer is listed on the New York Stock Exchange with annual revenues of $USD 500m employing 1,800 people.

We seek to build value for our shareholders by focusing on delivering highly engineered proprietary products, while maintaining a disciplined approach to capital allocation. At Luxfer, we put safety and our customers first in a high-performance culture that values responsibility and accountability.

We employ approximately 1,800 people in 27 countries and operate 20 manufacturing plants in 7 countries. Our global headquarters are located in the UK and our North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For 2017, total revenue was $500 million. A public company since 2012, our stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LXFR.

Quality and Certifications

Luxfer MEL Technologies places great emphasis on the need for everyone to know and appreciate the Company Quality Policy and to contribute to maintaining our Quality Management System. We are committed to the continuous development of all employees including training and education in the area of quality.

Luxfer MEL Technologies utilise a Quality Management System based on the requirements of a number of quality and environmental standards such as AS 9100, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001, ISO 13485 and IATF 16949 and carry out regular Internal and Third Party audits to ensure compliance with these standards. The objective of the company is to give complete satisfaction that the organisation can produce safe and reliable products and services that continually meet or exceed our customers’ expectations.

About Luxfer

Luxfer is a leading producer of highly engineered advanced materials that help to protect lives, keep the environment cleaner, and make industry more efficient.

The group is made up of 5 business units; Luxfer Gas Cylinders, Luxfer Graphic Arts, Luxfer Magtech, Luxfer MEL Technologies and Luxfer Superform.

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Luxfer is a leading producer of highly engineered advanced materials that help to protect lives, keep the environment cleaner, and make industry more efficient.

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Luxfer Gas Cylinders are the world’s largest manufacturer of high-pressure aluminium and composite gas cylinders for a wide and growing variety of applications.

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Luxfer Graphic Artsare a leading manufacturer and supplier of Graphic Arts products, as well as lightweight magnesium sheet and plate.

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Luxfer Magtech combines the leading manufacturer of magnesium powder and specialty products with the global leader in flameless heating technology.

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Luxfer Superform specialise in Superforming, Quick Superforming and Warm Forming of Aluminium, Titanium and Magnesium alloys as a 1st Tier supplier to major OEM’s

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Corporate Social Responsibility

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Terms and Conditions

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Why us

Great people doing great things… behind the supply of high performance materials to technology industries worldwide, are the best people.

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Life at Luxfer

Our vision is to be the global partner of choice in the supply of high performance magnesium and zirconium materials.

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Our Values

Our values are our guiding principles, which focus on us working collaboratively to raise the bar. They shape our culture and define who we are, the way we do business and what we believe.

When we apply them to what we do, they are what makes us special and help guide us in the ongoing success of how we do things.

Customer First

We make it easy to do business with Luxfer, and we continually strive to exceed customer expectations and be the partner of choice.

Integrity is not a choice

We deal ethically and honestly with our customers, business partners, shareholders, communities and Luxfer colleagues.

Accountability starts with me

We embrace opportunities, rise above circumstances, accept responsibility for our actions—and deliver agreed results.

Innovation to drive competitive advantage

We continuously improve, embracing new ideas, taking calculated risks, creating better ways of working and developing new products and services that ensure our future success and growth.

Personal Development is critical for attracting the best talent

We value personal talent and potential, and we invest in our people, maximizing opportunities for individual development.

Teams with best results are engaging and non-hierarchical

We work together effectively in teams to achieve our common goals in ways that benefit our customers, local operations and global business.



1920 – Major Charles Ball

Charles Ball MC, DSO, working for F. A. Hughes, recognises the emerging potential of a new metal, magnesium, and contracts with the German company,  I. G. Farben, part of Griesham Elektron®, who had pioneered the electrolytic process that allowed magnesium to be produced in commercial volumes, to become the sole importer into the UK. F. A. Hughes rapidly built up a demand of 1,500 tonnes in the UK, which included castings for aircraft, commercial vehicles and buses.


1934 – British Magnesium (Elektonmetall) Co. Ltd. founded

Major Ball secures patent rights and know-how for I. G. Farben’s manufacturing process which was far superior to any other, in exchange for a 30% share in a new company, British Magnesium (Elektonmetall) Co. Ltd. Other co-owners of the new company were ICI (48%) and F. A. Hughes (22%).


1935 – First magnesium produced

The name of the company was changed to Magnesium Elektron® and the new magnesium production plant was established at Clifton Junction in North Manchester with an initial capacity of 1,500 tonnes per annum.


1941 – Magnesium capacity increase

To meet the rapidly increasing demand new capacity was added at Clifton Junction lifting production to 9,000 tonnes per annum.


1947 – Aerospace alloys

Even during World War II the company had maintained a significant level of research work. It was this faith in the ability of MEL's scientific strengths which led to important advances in alloy technology after the market collapsed. Of particular importance to the research team was the work in perfecting the alloying of magnesium with zirconium. This development came at the perfect time for the company as its improved properties at high temperatures were ideal for the blossoming jet aircraft industry.


1949 – The Magnet

The MEL monthly magazine (The Magnet) was created and went on to be distributed on a monthly basis.

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