Originally called British Aluminium, Luxfer Group was formed in 1996 after a £200m management buy-in of the non-core operations of British Alcan Aluminium. The subsequent name change reflects the diversification into high-pressure gas cylinders and a variety of metals and chemicals. Among other goods, it makes zinc diecast components for cars and coatings for paper. It has also made several international acquisitions. Chief executive Brian Purves and chairman Jeff Whalley head the company, which had sales of £227.1m in 2004. It is owned by CVC, Morgan Grenfell and management.
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