The Luxfer Story
From a glass prism company to a leading producer of highly engineered advanced materials.
The name “Luxfer” was created by blending two Latin words, lux, meaning light and ferre, meaning to carry. The use of the name dates to 1897, when British inventor James Pennycuick established Luxfer Prism Company in Chicago. The company produced glass panels with integral prisms, that would redirect the sunlight from windows to light up an entire room. In the early 1900s Luxfer transitioned to manufacturing more metal products, and in 1958 Luxfer introduced the world’s first cold-extruded, seamless, high-pressure aluminum cylinders. Less than ten years later, the company sold its remaining non-cylinder products and officially changed the company name to Luxfer Gas Cylinders.
Over the next hundred years, Alcan Aluminium UK acquired Luxfer Gas Cylinders in 1974, and the British Aluminium Company in 1982. These acquisitions of these companies brought together Luxfer Gas Cylinders, Luxfer Graphic Arts, Luxfer Magtech, Luxfer MEL Technologies and Luxfer Superform in a new company. One hundred years after its inception, the Luxfer name was adopted as the name for the global materials technology group, and Luxfer Group was formed in 1997.
In 2012 Luxfer became a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol LXFR. Luxfer’s businesses, Luxfer Gas Cylinders, Luxfer Graphic Arts, Luxfer Magtech, Luxfer MEL Technologies and Luxfer Superform, have pioneered the use of aluminum, magnesium, zirconium and carbon for over 100 years. Today, Luxfer is a leading producer of highly engineered advanced materials that help to save lives, keep the environment cleaner and make industry more productive and efficient.