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Key facts

  • Magnesium Elektron was established in 1936 in Swinton, England, by IG Farben and FA Hughes/ICI.


  • Magnesium Elektron holds more patents on magnesium alloys than any other company in the world.


  • The British Aluminium Company Ltd (BA) acquired Magnesium Elektron in 1955.  BA was acquired in 1959 by a joint venture between Reynolds Metals Company and Tube Investments (later TI Group).


  • Alcan Aluminium UK Ltd acquired BA in 1982 and renamed it British Alcan Ltd, of which Magnesium Elektron was an operating unit.


  • Magnesium Elektron acquired Reade Manufacturing, a producer of magnesium powders, in 1990.


  • In 1996, Alcan sold British Alcan, including Magnesium Elektron, to a group of investors, including several former Alcan managers. The new owners briefly resurrected the name British Aluminium for their new company but a year later renamed it Luxfer Group to reflect the company’s global identity.


  • Magnesium Elektron acquired Hart Metals, another producer of magnesium powders, in 1998.


  • Magnesium Elektron acquired Niagara Metallurgical Products Ltd., a producer of location has a State-of-the-Art magnesium powders and flameless heaters for pre-cooked meals, in 1998.


  • Magnesium Elektron established Magnesium Elektron CZ in the Czech Republic in 2002 to recycle magnesium.


  • Magnesium Elektron acquired Spectrulite Consortium, a producer of wrought products and photoengraving plate, in 2003. This company now operates as Magnesium Elektron North America (MENA).


  • Magnesium Elektron acquired Revere Graphics, a producer of photoengraving metal products and chemicals, in 2007.


  • In 2014, Luxfer Group established Luxfer Magtech Inc. (LMI), a new company operating as a stand-alone business within Magnesium Elektron Powders. The same year, LMI acquired the assets and businesses of Truetech, Inc., and Innotech Products, Inc., producers of magnesium-iron heaters for meals and beverages, chemical agent detection and decontamination kits and seawater desalination technology.


  • Magnesium Elektron operates nine manufacturing facilities in England, the United States, Canada and the Czech Republic.

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