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Luxfer Gas Cylinders introduces an innovation in gas containment with an advanced hydrogen transportation system that maximizes efficiency

NOTTINGHAM, U.K – 04 June 2024Luxfer Gas Cylinders, a division of Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE: LXFR), has cemented its position as a world leader in gas containment solutions with the introduction of the G-Stor® Hydrosphere, a cutting-edge collection of Multiple Element Gas Containers (MEGCs) set to revolutionize how businesses can harness the power of hydrogen.   Developed to support the safe and sustainable transportation of hydrogen via virtual gas pipelines, the high-capacity G-Stor® Hydrosphere range, which was launched during the World Hydrogen Summit in Rotterdam, will help extend access to the clean gas as the hydrogen economy continues to gather pace.Offering maximum capacity and energy delivery, the G-Stor® Hydrosphere range draws on Luxfer's trusted Type 4 (G-Stor® Go H2) cylinder technology. Available in 20-ft and 40-ft units, the MEGCs overcome infrastructure barriers currently facing the hydrogen supply chain by effectively allowing over 1 ton of hydrogen to be stored and transported. By maximizing payload, it provides the best price per kilogram of hydrogen.Nick Herbert, Sales and Marketing Director of Luxfer Gas Cylinders Europe, explains the significance of the innovation: “We believe this product range is revolutionary for the transportation of hydrogen. By using our G-Stor® Go Type 4 cylinders, which have a larger diameter, less cylinders are required to store the gas compared to other models on the market. That means our customers benefit from more efficient use of carbon fiber and reduced road weight, improving gas transportation efficiency.“We strongly believe that this virtual pipeline solution will truly make a difference to enabling the adoption of cleaner fuel.”With standardized filling and discharge couplings, exemplary safety features (including the suitability for use in the UK, Europe and other regions), an unlimited service life with periodic inspection, the design completed in conjunction with ISO 668, a cylinder approval to EN 17339, and an approval to ADR 6.8, the G-Stor® Hydrosphere range ensures effortless and safe usage.Herbert adds: “For the potential of hydrogen to be truly realized, we need better infrastructure. Our work on virtual gas pipelines is instrumental in connecting the dots between hydrogen producers, transport and storage suppliers and consumption outlets. The launch of our G-Stor® Hydrosphere range is a milestone towards the wider adoption of sustainable energy.”The G-Stor® Hydrosphere range will be manufactured at Luxfer’s new purpose-built production facility at its Nottingham, UK, base.To learn more about G-Stor® Hydrosphere visit https://www.luxfercylinders.com/product/g-stor-hydrosphere/

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PRESS CONTACT:Issued on behalf of Luxfer Gas Cylinders by The Tonic Communicationsluxfer@thetoniccomms.co.uk+44 (0) 115 8248254.About Luxfer Gas CylindersLuxfer Gas Cylinders is a leading manufacturer of high-pressure composite and aluminium cylinders. More than 70 million Luxfer cylinders in service around the world have an exemplary record for dependability and safety in a variety of applications, including firefighter and first-responder life support, medical, fire extinguishers, alternative fuel, specialty gas, beverage, aerospace, inflation, SCUBA and performance racing.An operating company of Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE:LXFR), Luxfer Gas Cylinders is based in Riverside, California, and has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., England, Canada, and China.www.luxfercylinders.com

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Luxfer Gas Cylinders Awarded Grant from Alberta Innovates for Innovative 700 Bar Type 4 Hydrogen Cylinder Development

RIVERSIDE, California – Luxfer Gas Cylinders, a division of Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE: LXFR), a global industrial company innovating niche applications in materials engineering, today announced the award of a clean technology grant from Alberta Innovates Hydrogen Centre of Excellence to support the development of an innovative Type 4 700 bar hydrogen cylinder.Under terms of the agreement, Luxfer will use the Alberta Innovates grant to develop an innovative polymer-lined high pressure hydrogen cylinder at its plant located in Calgary, Alberta that reduces the number of components and time to manufacture while also having the capability of storing gaseous pressure up to 700 bar (10,000 psi).Howard Mead, Vice President and General Manager of Luxfer Composite, notes: “Luxfer is excited to partner with Alberta Innovates on our next-generation Type 4 hydrogen cylinder development. This investment helps Luxfer demonstrate its commitment to innovative methods for hydrogen storage as well as to promote environmental sustainability."This next-generation Type 4 hydrogen cylinder will play a crucial role in growth markets requiring lightweight, high-volume hydrogen storage solutions such as fuel cell transit buses, heavy-duty trucks, vans, bulk gas transport, boats, and trains.PRESS CONTACT:Luxfer Gas Cylinders (USA and Global)Scott Andersonscott.anderson@luxfer.comTel: +1 336 306 8124About Luxfer Gas CylindersLuxfer Gas Cylinders is a leading manufacturer of high-pressure composite and aluminum cylinders. More than 70 million Luxfer cylinders in service around the world have an exemplary record for dependability and safety in a variety of applications, including firefighter and first-responder life support, medical, fire extinguishers, alternative fuel, specialty gas, beverage, aerospace, inflation, SCUBA and performance racing.An operating company of Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE:LXFR), Luxfer Gas Cylinders is based in Riverside, California, and has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., England, Canada, and China.www.luxfercylinders.com

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Hydrogen storage solutions for a cleaner future

Written by Keith Croysdale, Business Development Manager at Luxfer Gas Cylinders

The UK Government believes that hydrogen will provide between 20 to 35% of total final energy consumed across the nation by 2050. However, in order for hydrogen to support decarbonization, hydrogen producers must be connected to users. A paper recently published by the Hydrogen Energy Association (HEA) has highlighted the complexity of this issue.

Authored by the HEA’s Hydrogen Transportation and Storage Working Group, the report was entitled ‘The Role for Transport and Storage in Delivering the Hydrogen Transition’.

It calls on the Government to take accelerated action, so hydrogen can be maximized as part of the UK energy strategy. A key recommendation includes innovation around high-capacity virtual pipeline solutions. And with its recent investment in this area, Luxfer Gas Cylinders is uniquely placed to deliver on these ambitions with its hydrogen storage solutions expertise.

Bridging the gap between producers and users

A transition to hydrogen from non-renewable fuels and electric vehicle solutions is gathering pace. At the forefront of this, Luxfer Gas Cylinders is identifying ways to make the clean gas more viable in decades to come.

Considering that hydrogen availability will increase in the UK and Europe, being able to transport and store it is crucial. The objective is for hydrogen to safely and efficiently reach the businesses and operators that need it.

Individual areas of the supply chain are working in silo – despite being faced with common challenges around:- Funding- Regulation clarification- Supply chain delays- Limited gas production- Infrastructure constraints.

MEGCs – efficient hydrogen storage solutions and transportation solution

Putting our engineering prowess to the test, Luxfer Gas Cylinder has developed a way to connect hydrogen production, to hydrogen users, through a virtual gas pipeline. The result is efficient and high-capacity hydrogen cylinders, and Multiple Element Gas Containers (MEGCs).

Available in 20ft, 40ft and 45ft units, the MEGCs are available with Luxfer’s trusted G-Stor™ Pro Type 3 cylinder, or the lightweight G-Stor™ Go Type 4 technology at pressures up to 380bar (5511psi). Importantly, MEGCs tackle infrastructure barriers facing the hydrogen supply chain. They make it possible for up to 1.5 tonnes of the gas to be stored and transported efficiently. 

Our alternative fuel design team developed an industry-leading level of hydrogen storage capacity into a product offering known as the G-Stor™ Hydrosphere. It represents one of our largest innovation projects.

A new, purpose-built production facility at our Nottingham site will produce the G-Stor™ Hydrospheres. Summer 2024 will see the very first units ready to be deployed.

This construction project represents Luxfer Gas Cylinders’ global mission -- making a difference to help create a safe, clean and energy efficient world.

A mobile and lightweight hydrogen storage solution to encourage adoption

Luxfer has made innovation core to its operation, exploring a myriad of new products and branching out into new markets since 1958.

During development of our MEGCs, our design team identified a gap in the market to support the hydrogen economy through virtual gas pipeline options for smaller quantities of gas.

This paved the way for our G-Stor™ Pro Bundle. It is a multiple cylinder package (MCP) comprised of a modular, interconnected system of cylinders – and an important stepping stone for the adoption of hydrogen fuel.

Drawing on Luxfer’s trusted Type 3 G-Stor™ H2 cylinders, nine interconnected cylinders are stacked horizontally. Due to the unique cylinder liner processing, which reduces weight and increases volume, they can store a larger volume of gas in a smaller footprint compared to other available options.

These cylinder packages, launched in 2023, offer mobility and portability, enabling hydrogen to be transported via trucks, ships, or rail to different locations. They are suitable for marine applications, construction vehicles, running generators or even to fill test vehicles where a refueller or large storage may be deemed too costly for the small amount of gas required to check a fuel cell is working correctly. The MCPs:- Have a lightweight, durable, high strength frame- Can be slotted into an existing structure and onto trucks or trailers seamlessly- Have custom panel artwork as an optional extra to display customer branding- Have a booster control skid, top mount lifting aid and over pressure valves included to deliver safe operation throughout the life cycle of the product- Reduce the need to manage cylinder stocks and eliminate time lost in cylinder changeover and handling, as well as gas wastage.In fact, two G-Stor™ Pro Bundles will be used at Nottingham UK site soon, replacing our existing rental model to feed our manufacturing press. Introducing this solution into our operation demonstrates Luxfer’s commitment to minimising our own environmental impact.

Our role in the future of hydrogen storage solutions

The hydrogen industry is fast-moving. But at Luxfer we have a decades-long legacy, working with hydrogen technology when it was an outlier and it was impossible to predict the direction it would take.

While some uncertainty remains, we believe the future of hydrogen transportation will involve a combination of physical pipelines and virtual pipeline alternatives such as MCPs and MEGCs. We expect each solution will be utilised on different parts of the supply chain, meeting diverse needs in the evolving hydrogen economy.

An expanding physical pipeline, we anticipate, is unlikely to result in a retraction of the virtual pipeline. Instead, a redeployment of virtual pipeline solutions will best service the first and final miles of distribution.

What is clear is further policy planning is needed to pave the way for hydrogen to fulfil its potential for net zero. The HEA are championing this.  For our part, Luxfer will continue to lend its expertise to debates. After all, with our engineering excellence and proven track record in world-leading alternative fuel solutions, we’re well placed to do so.

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2023: a meaningful year of community engagement for the Luxfer Gas Cylinders team

As a global manufacturer, Luxfer Gas Cylinders recognises the position it is in to help the communities in which it works. By investing time, skills and experience, its teams have the ability to make a real difference across the world.Community engagement has always been a cornerstone to Luxfer’s ESG (Environmental, social and corporate governance) policy and global mission, with the company appreciating the importance of individual contribution.A formal scheme gives staff time during working hours to volunteer for charity initiatives. In fact, all full-time employees are given a one-day annual allowance to dedicate to a non-profit or charitable project of their choice.Here, we look back at the social responsibility initiatives Luxfer teams across the globe have been proud to be a part of during 2023…

TACKLING HOMELESSNESS  

In the UK, Luxfer Gas Cylinders kickstarted its 2023 volunteering programme by pledging support to a range of good causes across the East Midlands, including renovation projects and community activities at local care centres, schools and charities.One of those charities was Emmanuel House Support Centre, a non-profit organisation providing diverse and accessible services for Nottingham’s most vulnerable citizens, whether they are homeless, rough sleeping, in crisis or at risk of homelessness. The Nottingham Luxfer team volunteered for a full day at Emmanuel House, giving the centre a much-needed clean so that it can continue to support those who need it most in the city, empowering individuals to make positive changes in their lives.

In Calgary, Luxfer Gas Cylinders has built a long-standing and impactful relationship with local Christian non-profit organisation, The Mustard Seed, helping to serve lunch in its food shelters as part of the charity’s wider aim of eliminating homelessness and reducing poverty. Operating in five cities across Alberta and British Columbia for more than three decades, The Mustard Seed is a supportive haven where people can have their physical, mental, and spiritual needs met and grow toward greater health and independence.With some of the highest populations of homeless in Riverside County found in the City of Riverside, the local team at Luxfer has continued its mission, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, to support homeless people as they transition into more permanent housing. Launched in 2021, the Mulberry Avenue Project aims to build 10 cottages for transitional homeless families. This year, teams from Luxfer Riverside have continued to volunteer, working side-by-side with Habitat, professional builders and other volunteers as part of a wider community project.

RENOVATING COMMUNITY GREEN SPACES

The Luxfer Nottingham team engaged in a volunteering event at Wollaton Hall, a Grade I listed Elizabethan country house and parkland in the heart of Nottingham, supporting the renovation of the beautiful walled gardens' public space.Volunteers from the Colwick site also traded their cylinder manufacturing tools for gardening tools for a day at a local care home in Nottinghamshire, planting, painting and tidying the outdoor space and preparing it for residents to enjoy.

FOOD FOR THOSE IN NEED

In Pomona, a group of Luxfer volunteers committed time to help sort, stock, portion, package and assemble food and supply kits at the SOVA Food Pantry in Ontario, supporting local families and those facing homelessness.  Kind-hearted employees across the Nottingham office also contributed to a collection for a local food bank, with the same call-out in 2021 seeing over 400 items donated to Nottinghamshire families in need.Meanwhile, the Canadian team volunteered for Grow Calgary, a non-profit community farm dedicated to growing fresh produce through sustainable agriculture for vulnerable people in Calgary and surrounding communities. 100% of the produce grown is distributed to local social agencies with food access programs.

CHRISTMAS CHEER

For several years now, employees of Luxfer based in Nottingham have supported a local radio station’s Christmas donation program – Cash for Kids’ Mission Christmas – joining the charity in its goal of helping disadvantaged children across the region celebrate Christmas. Luxfer has gifted presents and monetary donations totalling over £250, and this year, has volunteered time to sorting out donations and helping the charity to organise items ready for distribution.

SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN HELPING PEOPLE

Recognising that its strength is in its people, Luxfer is committed to fostering an environment where its employees can champion charitable causes that are close to their hearts. This year, staff have been supported in:- Sponsorships for a variety of community efforts, including local football teams, swimming clubs and support with sporting events such as powerlifting.- Making donations to the likes of Macmillian, Cancer Research and a ward at a local Nottingham hospital, as part of the company’s charity donation program.- Aligning with local fire departments, and forging links with medical charities in relation to the SCBA and oxygen cylinders manufactured by the company.- Revamping a local school – a project which saw the six-strong Nottingham senior leadership team roll up their sleeves to repaint classrooms.While the company is always seeking opportunities to do more, Luxfer is proud of the impact it has made in 2023.Over the last 12 months, the global manufacturer has been more devoted than ever to its social responsibility efforts and there is continued motivation across the wider business to support those less fortunate in its communities.As we head into 2024, Luxfer looks forward to expanding its charitable efforts across its individual locations – all in line with its core mission, to create a safe, clean, and energy-efficient world.To find out more about the company’s charitable initiatives, see our latest news pages: https://www.luxfercylinders.com/news/

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US road and rail operators harnessing hydrogen fuel thanks to Luxfer

by Scott Anderson, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Luxfer Gas Cylinders USHere in the United States, we’ve seen a real focus on transitioning to sustainable energy. In fact, the advancement and deployment of hydrogen technologies has been supported with allocated funding into research, development, and infrastructure.This includes incentives by the US federal government. In 2021, it committed around $11 billion through legislation including the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). A year later came the Inflation Reduction Act.At the end of January 2023, it was estimated that around 170 hydrogen projects existed in North American. This accounts for approximately 15% of the total announced projects globally. By 2030, it’s expected that 135 will be fully or partially commissioned by 2030, representing $46 billion of committed direct investment in hydrogen value chains.As alternative fuels and particularly hydrogen fuel systems continue to be a high-growth market for us, we are paying close attention to how the market continues to expand and innovate in North America.Realizing the potential of hydrogenThe US has considerable potential to dominate the hydrogen production landscape thanks to factors including:- Ample production resources- Over 1,600 miles of hydrogen pipelines- Three caverns which can store thousands of tons of product- Eight liquefaction plants spread nationwide.However, there is still some way to go to make hydrogen more accessible. This is why our alternative fuel experts have been working hard to address the hydrogen infrastructure deficit by developing bulk gas transport systems (BGT).Until dedicated hydrogen pipelines are established across North America, BGT or ‘virtual gas pipelines’ can bridge the gap. Our Multiple Element Gas Containers (MEGCs) for example, are being used in Europe. They have the capacity to store up to 1.5 tonnes of gas. BGT solutions will play a vital supporting role in the US if the proposed green hydrogen-producing hubs come into effect. Energy companies will be able to rely on our hydrogen cylinders to ensure optimum safety and efficiency when moving hydrogen by road or rail.That is why we’re so pleased to be collaborating with long-term partner and renowned hydrogen specialists, BayoTech. BayoTech’s HyFill™ bulk transport trailers incorporate Luxfer’s high-capacity Type 3 composite cylinders. This produces a cutting-edge hydrogen storage system with maximized efficiency and payload. Using our Type 3 hydrogen cylinders means that more sites can be refueled from each trailer, reducing transportation costs and improving driver productivity.BayoTech recently announced a new strategic supply agreement with a major OEM - yet more evidence of the fast-growing hydrogen economy and exciting collaborations between pioneering companies, like Luxfer, in this sector. As a result of this partnership, hydrogen will be produced at BayoTech’s network of hubs. These will then fuel Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks - with BayoTech’s HyFill bulk hydrogen transport trailers transporting the gas across the country in Luxfer’s Type 3 high pressure cylinders.It’s also encouraging to hear the news that 60 refueling stations will be established by 2026 – which will provide simple and reliable access to hydrogen nationwide. This will be particularly encouraging for operators who are looking to transition towards clean fuels, but hold reservations about hydrogen availability and infrastructure.We have noticed a distinction between the European hydrogen storage market and the US. In Europe there is strong demand for MEGCs. Whereas, in the US emphasis is on smaller capacity pods, which can connect hydrogen hubs via 20-foot trailers. To meet such requirements, we can supply 25 cylinders per pod, operating at 517 bar – this is the ideal pressure to minimize trailer price and reduce the amount of compression required at filling stations.

Driving sustainability on the roadIn the US, transportation is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases (27%). It is also responsible for 21% of total carbon emissions worldwide. Therefore, decarbonization of the transport industry is critical – and hydrogen is quickly taking on a significant role.Luxfer is proud to already be involved in a variety of hydrogen transport projects, providing its trusted, lightweight and high-performance cylinders for a range of applications, including:- Working with A-1 Alternative Fuels and U.S Hybrid on hydrogen fuel cell shuttle buses.- Working with our customers on hydrogen transit bus projects to help California’s bus fleets become greener.As for HGVs, we have observed growing interest for prototypes, and we remain prepared with a variety of hydrogen storage solutions, as hydrogen access proliferates, and more operators are encouraged to make the switch.Full steam ahead for railCalifornia is widely known as a hub for green transport. From 2030 the state government will be implementing complex curbs on emissions for rail operators. Many locomotive engines, of tier four or lower, will not qualify under the new requirements and so operators must make tough choices – most immediately for short-haul journeys.Luxfer has unrivalled experience in helping to adapt existing equipment to utilize hydrogen. For example, in 2020 when CPKC (formerly Canadian Pacific) declared plans to develop North America’s first line-haul hydrogen-powered locomotive by retrofitting a diesel freight locomotive, they incorporated our new, lightweight G-Stor™ Go Type 4 cylinder technology in their prototype. The responses we received on this project, our first hydrogen Type 4 product, were brilliant.It’s also very promising to see that CPKC is continuing to expand hydrogen transport, marking its Calgary and Edmonton rail yards as sites for new production refueling stations.We’ve also successfully collaborated with multiple US-based rail operators who are leading the way on clean transport, such as Sierra Northern Railway (SERA) via Optifuel Systems LLC. One of our current projects will introduce two line-haul locomotives with a range of over 1,000 miles thanks to a Luxfer hydrogen system.In a mission to decarbonize the industry, our global network has been developing hydrogen fuel systems for trains for some time. In 2019, Luxfer Gas Cylinders was a major partner in bringing the UK’s first hydrogen-powered train to fruition.The HydroFLEX project utilized a former Thameslink electric train, retrofitted to run using a hydrogen fuel system. This was achieved through a close collaboration between Luxfer’s Nottingham-based alternative fuel experts, Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research. In September 2020 the HydroFLEX, using Luxfer G-Stor™ H2 cylinders, hit the mainline for the first time.Hot on its heels is the HydroFLEX’s successor, which began development in 2020. It includes a system containing more than 275kg of hydrogen. The train has quadruple the power of the original HydroFLEX, hitting speeds of over 80mph in UK mainline testing.

Trailblazing technologyLuxfer entered the alternative fuel sector in 2001 with our very first Natural Gas system. Fast forward 15 years and 11,000 Natural Gas systems later, and we have built an industry-leading reputation for expertise and innovation in the sector.  As leaders in cylinder technology, we recently introduced our G-Stor™ Go H2 cylinder with Type 4 technology to the North American market. The high-pressure cylinder can hold high storage volumes whilst remaining lightweight. The range is available in three sizes, from 14.5 to 19.1kg of hydrogen storage, and is capable of storage pressures up to 350 bar (5,000 PSI). Its proven boss-to-liner interface results in minimal permeation, making it a certified, cost-effective hydrogen storage solution ideal for long range rail, boats and other vehicles.Whilst our Type 4 cylinders are an excellent solution for large storage, at Luxfer we are technology neutral. Therefore, if fast fill is critical our G-Stor™Pro Type 3 is a brilliant option. Although our Luxfer-manufactured aluminium liner, fully wrapped with aerospace-grade carbon fibre, makes for a heavier product, the Type 3 technology allows for all the hydrogen involved in the system can to be used, with no wastage. We see this as one of  Luxfer’s greatest strengths - our ability to meet each of our customers’ bespoke requirements.

The future’s greenLuxfer remains, at 125-years-old and with an 80-year legacy in gas containment, at the very cutting edge of the green energy transition. Having spent over 20 years developing hydrogen solutions to fuel buses, trucks, trains, marine vessels, refuse vehicles and more, today we continue with a mission to widen access to, and applications for, hydrogen energy.Our future is very bright. The Luxfer team in the US has been receiving an increasing number of road, rail and bulk gas transport inquiries over the last three years. We have confidence in our applications and the excellence of our global team, which has delivered world-leading projects, to meet and exceed expectations in these areas.Luxfer’s proprietary cylinder technology and demonstrated alternative fuel expertise, is poised to play a leading part in developing the gas containment solutions of tomorrow.

McKinsey & Companyhttps://www.c2es.org/content/regulating-transportation-sector-carbon-emissions/

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Hydrogen storage: Making waves in the shipping sector

By Howard Mead, Vice-President and General Manager, Luxfer Gas Cylinders CompositeWhether by land, air, or sea, there is no doubt that alternative fuels have an important role to play in transforming and decarbonising the transportation sector. In fact, if urgent measures aren’t taken to move away from fossil fuels, CO2 from the shipping sector, which currently accounts for 3% global greenhouse gas emissions, could increase to 50% by 2050. Considering this, the need for reliable and renewable clean energy has never been greater. Hydrogen is a key contender in driving transformation. And, unsurprisingly, there have been increasing enquiries in recent years from marine industry stakeholders keen to explore the fuel’s potential applications.In pursuit of net zeroFor the maritime sector to reach net zero by 2050, global collaboration and cooperation is required. To this end, commercial operators around the globe are aiming to use zero-emissions vessels as early as 2030.It truly is a case of ‘all hands on deck’. All stakeholders, from ship operators to hydrogen fuel infrastructure developers and fuel cell system integrators, which include hydrogen storage cylinders, working together in pursuit of this goal.In fact, several hydrogen hubs are being established at major ports around the globe. Striving to be climate neutral by 2050, and with the goal of becoming Europe’s leading import hub for green hydrogen, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges is investing heavily in infrastructure, such as onshore hydrogen storage bunkers.Similar efforts are taking place at other ports around the globe. In North America, the Texan Port of Corpus Christi is considering a new pipeline and a green fuels hub as part of its green hydrogen production development plans. Meanwhile, Japan’s Port of Kobe features the country’s first hydrogen import terminal with plans to further develop its hydrogen storage, import and supply infrastructure.Of course, the benefits of hydrogen fuel aren’t limited to use on vessels; powering other port activities, such as removing cargo, with hydrogen has the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. Drayage truck applications utilising fuel cells have already been introduced at the Port of Los Angeles and a hydrogen fuel cell-powered reach stacker is being tested at MSC Terminal Valencia.At Luxfer Gas Cylinders we support transport operators who want to harness alternative fuel as part of their sustainability strategies. Considering not only the innovative projects being developed, but those already implemented, the 2050 goal certainly seems achievable.The clean fuel challengeAlthough hydrogen is just one of several solutions to consider on the road to net zero, it has a crucial contribution to make to the shipping industry. Leading the charge in unlocking hydrogen’s potential across the maritime sector, among others, is the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) Hydrogen Shot. It is an initiative with a clear goal – to bring down the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%, to $1 per 1kg in one decade (“1 1 1”).Additionally, in its National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap, the DoE has set ambitious production targets. It is hoping to produce 10 million tonnes of clean hydrogen per year by 2030, 20 million tonnes per year by 2040, and 50 million tonnes per year by 2050.However, given that more than 95% of the 10 million tonnes currently produced by the US annually is grey, the move towards producing clean fuel is not without its challenges.To boost the production of clean hydrogen and stimulate new markets, several initiatives have been launched and policies and investments announced as part of both the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act.In addition to the introduction of tax credits intended to lower the cost of clean hydrogen production by paying producers depending on the levels of emissions and staff wages, a $9.5bn investment in clean hydrogen development has been announced. This will enable the creation of regional clean hydrogen hubs and the advancement of the Hydrogen Electrolysis Program.However, despite these efforts to overcome some of the financial barriers to clean hydrogen take-up, a lack of infrastructure remains. For example, the US has just 1,600 miles of hydrogen pipeline compared to around three million miles of CNG pipeline. This makes it challenging to transport green hydrogen, at scale, from where it is produced to where it is needed.Innovative hydrogen storage solutionsInfrastructure is not the only obstacle to the roll-out of hydrogen fuel solutions across the global shipping sector; storage also poses a significant challenge. Both the amount of hydrogen needed by seafaring vessels and a fuel system big enough to power such ships, take up valuable space.Luxfer continues to lead the way with solutions to support the transition to clean fuel. Having supplied alternative fuel cylinders worldwide since 2007, we have established a reputation for innovation and expertise in this market. In fact, our cylinders have helped several customers bring prototypes and early proof of concept hydrogen systems that can power a range of both marine and on-road vehicles, to life.One example is Energy Observer, a floating laboratory launched in 2017. It is the world’s first vessel to both generate and be powered by hydrogen. Using a system supplied by Luxfer, the vessel creates hydrogen fuel by sucking up sea water and removing the salt and minerals before passing it through an electrolyser, which breaks it down into hydrogen and oxygen. Oxygen is released and hydrogen is compressed and kept in two storage facilities. It can store 62kg of hydrogen, the equivalent of two megawatts of energy and the annual consumption of an average household – on either side of the ship. Energy Observer is currently in the seventh year of its zero emissions journey around the world to explore practical solutions and develop new technologies to accelerate the energy transition.G-Stor H2 hydrogen cylindersOf particular importance to the shipping sector are Luxfer’s complete ‘plug and play’ systems featuring our G-Stor™ H2 hydrogen cylinders. The newest addition to the range is the G-Stor™ Go H2 hydrogen cylinder with Type 4 technology. Its key features include:- Maximisation of gas capacity, from 14.5 to 19.1kg- Lightweight carbon composite for improved fuel economy- Varying dimensions to suit a range of applications- Polymer lining to ensure gas-tight storage- Ability to withstand storage pressures up 350 bar (5,000 PSI)- Minimal permeation due to proven boss-to-liner interfaceThe G-Stor™ Go H2 is a certified, cost-effective hydrogen storage solution ideal for fuel cell transit boats and small marine vessels, as well as other vehicles such as trucks, vans and trains.There is no doubt that alternative fuels have a significant role to play in transforming and decarbonising the transportation sector on land, air, and sea. Zero emissions won’t happen overnight, but with innovative solutions supporting the sector in reducing emissions and adopting alternative fuels, it’s not hard to see how greener marine solutions are on the horizon.

References1) https://climatechampions.unfccc.int/green-hydrogen-and-green-shipping/

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Market-leading medical oxygen cylinders, making healthcare more sustainable

Written by Martin Barrs, Global Key Account Manager at Luxfer Gas Cylinders

Like many sectors, the healthcare industry has a growing commitment to make its services more sustainable, and this has manifested in a drive for planet-friendly oxygen cylinder technology. Luxfer Gas Cylinders has long established itself as a trusted supplier of high-performance, lightweight cylinders for applications including homecare, hospitals, dental clinics, and veterinary surgeries. And with over one million oxygen cylinders sold globally since 2016, and currently, more than 15 million in active use worldwide, Luxfer can offer a comprehensive range of cylinder technologies to meet diverse – and changing - needs of its customers.Embracing eco-friendly oxygen cylinder technologyLuxfer's proprietary L7X® alloy is used to produce high-strength oxygen cylinders that offer up to 50% more gas capacity than similarly sized options. At Luxfer, we have championed the adoption of 300-bar cylinders. We are observing that healthcare customers are recognising the advantages of higher gas capacity, which include:- Fewer oxygen cylinder changeovers- Reduced need for refills – and therefore reduced transportation and handling requirements- Lower operating costs- A more environmentally friendly footprint.A win-win for patient and planetOffering our healthcare customers a range of options across oxygen cylinder type and capacity is paramount. Luxfer has the capability to do this because of its engineering excellence, combined with a legacy in pioneering research and development.A core consideration in oxygen cylinder selection is weight. Lighter oxygen cylinders are more portable, and fewer oxygen cylinders with more gas capacity offer convenience because they reduce storage requirements. It makes using our L7X cylinders a win-win for the patient and the planet.Luxfer’s range includes the in-demand Type 1 aluminium cylinder, alongside the Type 2 hoop wrapped cylinder, which delivers the benefit of additional weight reduction. We also offer a Type 3 fully composite cylinder, with portable 1L and 2L variants being popular in a variety of healthcare environments.Focus on: the NLL Type 3 Oxygen CylinderThe non-limited life (NLL) M10J Type 3 cylinder is an addition to our medical line, with key benefits including:- Extending the product lifespan beyond the typical 15-year and 20-years available- Helping demonstrate value around total cost of ownership- Offering an ultra-lightweight cylinder with improved levels of performance, durability, and capacity- Using Luxfer’s L6X® aluminium alloy as an inner liner, reinforced with an aerospace-grade carbon fibre wrap. Market demand beyond the pandemicThe market for medical cylinders is mature, but with innovation in Luxfer’s DNA, we introduced two new products within two years of the pandemic. Interestingly, while hospital demand for liquid oxygen spiked during COVID-19, with vulnerable patients shielding, the need for gaseous oxygen within the homecare sector remained relatively stable. During this challenging period it was Luxfer’s dependability that most highly prized by medical customers. And while the marketplace was disrupted and demand hard to forecast, we could offer continuity of service, relying on our highly developed supply chains to support others. The task at hand was to help customers and be a trusted partner, helping them to determine what asset coverage they had, and what they needed. We were able to focus resources, creating value, supporting the market and ultimately patients.Luxfer’s commitment to sustainable manufacturingLuxfer’s corporate strategy has sustainability at its heart, underpinning Luxfer’s progressive approach to manufacturing, which has been transformational. A case in point, our Type 1 L6X® and L7X® alloy cylinders are 100% recyclable.Embedding a lean culture, supporting sustainability, is part of our global initiatives. Five ‘zero’ goals have been established, which target zero accidents (safety), zero defects (quality), zero late deliveries (delivery), zero waste (cost) and zero excess inventory (cash).This approach has generated great engagement across the organisation. This was demonstrated by a feedback exercise to encourage staff to contribute and share ideas. It attracted an impressive 150 suggestions from the manufacturing ‘shop floor’ team alone.A lean and green business for the futureAt Luxfer we consistently track customer feedback to identify how we can improve experiences. Recently, we were congratulated by a customer on the steps we’ve taken to minimise our CO2 footprint. Another global medical customer paid tribute to our communication, transparency, and trustworthiness. With customer-first a core part of our values, this kind of praise reinforces that we’re on the right track.Thanks to Luxfer’s core markets of medical – and industrial – cylinders delivering growth, they help to support new revenue streams. These streams also align with our corporate mission around creating a cleaner, greener world and making a positive difference that will impact generations to come. A good example of this is our work to explore the potential for hydrogen as a fuel to decarbonise transport. We are building hydrogen systems to power transport solutions via road, rail and river, as well as virtual gas pipeline solutions. These are significant areas of innovation. Key investments are being made based on forecasted growth in this market from 2025 and beyond.When it comes to the medical market, and particularly to the 300-bar opportunity, we predict huge shifts in demand over the next 10 years. Our focus will be upon applying our trusted technologies and continuing to roll out our lean manufacturing process with sustainability front and centre. We believe that by maintaining our robust and agile approach, we’ll be ready to deliver what the market needs.

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Clean fuel pioneers join forces to make 150-strong hydrogen powered bus fleet a reality

Luxfer Gas Cylinders collaborate with Ricardo on zero-emissions double decker, trialled in Brighton following Teesside tests An ambition to deploy 150 zero-emissions hydrogen powered buses on UK routes by 2024 could be a step closer, thanks to a partnership between Luxfer Gas Cylinders and global engineering consultants Ricardo.Joining forces for the first time, world-leading gas cylinder manufacturer Luxfer supplied its alternative fuel expertise to Ricardo, supplying a fit-for-purpose hydrogen storage solution for a Stagecoach North East prototype double decker bus.The hydrogen powered bus, which was converted from a diesel engine to run on fuel cell technology, underwent trials in Teesside for six weeks, before being put through its paces on hilly routes around Brighton and Hove.The project, part funded by the Department for Transport, through its Hydrogen Transport Hub Demonstration competition, aims to demonstrate the benefits of hydrogen as a sustainable passenger transport option by extending the life of existing diesel buses.Nick Herbert, Sales and Marketing Director at Luxfer Gas Cylinders, explains: “Supporting the UK transport sector’s shift from diesel and petrol to more sustainable fuels means we need to offer options that are not only clean and green, but commercially viable too. Many operators who have invested in diesel vehicles are now left with stock that has a much shortened lifespan. Retrofitting buses to run on hydrogen makes sense, and at Luxfer we have the capability to work with partners to bring bespoke projects to fruition.“Companies, like Ricardo, are making strides in adopting hydrogen technology, and we’re proud of our role in providing the right environment for others to do the same.”Ricardo is showcasing the hydrogen fuel cell re-powered vehicle to operators, seeking to offer it at around half the price of a new bus. The aim is to secure 50% match funding investment plus customer commitment for an initial production of 150 buses that could enter service from late 2024.Andrew Ennever, Head of Electrification, at Ricardo, said: “This project has real potential to support bus operators in their environmental strategies. With an excellent track record in the sector, we chose to partner with Luxfer because their hydrogen cylinders best aligned with the design we had in mind, and the team had experience of supplying this product to other bus manufacturers for conversion projects.“Timescales were also important. We needed a tight turnaround and Luxfer were able to get what we needed quickly, providing support to design and manufacture the cylinder frames for a complete H2 delivery system.”The vehicle features Luxfer’s proprietary G-Stor™ H2 cylinders, as part of a five-cylinder system within a bespoke modular frame, holding 24.5kg of hydrogen.The prototype has a fuel consumption of 17km/kg (5.88kg/100km) of hydrogen and produces zero emissions when using green hydrogen. This consumption is comparable with current production FC buses, with further improvements possible in the production phase. Ricardo estimates 45,000kg of carbon dioxide emissions can be avoided by extending the life of existing buses rather than building from new.Nick concluded: “This is an exciting project and we hope it is successful in convincing operators of the value in conversions, because retrofitting fleets will support the hydrogen infrastructure to scale up incrementally, which is critical.“While the hydrogen economy is now gathering pace, this is not a new area for Luxfer – we’ve been pioneering gas storage solutions for 80 years and we can bring this legacy to bear on hydrogen systems for a whole range of applications.”Luxfer’s alternative fuel expertise has been commissioned for a raft of world-first hydrogen transport projects. These include the UK’s first retro-fitted hydrogen trains, HydroFLEX 1&2, the world’s first commercial hydrogen truck fleet with Hyundai, the world’s first hydrogen tractor, 70 hydrogen double-decker buses operating across the UK, including Aberdeen and London, and Energy Observer – the world’s first self-powered sailing boat.

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£1million-plus investment in alternative fuel production facility

An investment of more than £1million in Luxfer Gas Cylinders’ European base in Nottingham has been announced, which will establish a new alternative fuel production facility to support ‘virtual’ gas pipelines that can distribute hydrogen across the UK and Europe. The Nottingham manufacturing base produces up to one million cylinders each year and is home to alternative fuel specialists who have embedded world-first hydrogen-powered systems into buses, trucks, trains, boats, tractors and even drones.

Building hydrogen storage and transport capability

This new purpose-built facility will produce Multiple Element Gas Containers (MEGCs). Available in 20-foot, 40-foot and 45-foot solutions, the G-Stor® Hydrosphere range can store between 0.5 and 1.4 tonnes of clean gas and transport it to where it’s needed, opening up access to hydrogen for companies targeting greener operations.Mark Lawday, Vice President and General Manager of Luxfer Europe, explains: “This investment is the natural next step in continuing to build our European hydrogen capability and support the development of the hydrogen economy, which is going to be essential in enabling all of us to reach our decarbonisation goals in Europe in 2030 and beyond.”With appropriate filling speeds and maximum gas capacity critical to suit different virtual gas pipeline requirements, Luxfer has drawn upon the engineering excellence of its global teams in the UK, Canada and North America, and can offer its trusted G-Stor® Pro Type 3 cylinder, or the newly launched G-Stor® Go Type 4 technology.Mark adds: “Thanks to our industry-leading G-Stor® Pro Type 3 and G-Stor® Go Type 4 core cylinder technology, combined with decades of experience in alternative fuel systems design and development, we have a product range to provide customers with a choice of technology, module capacities and features, to match current and future needs.”Ownership of core cylinder technology is fundamental to being able to meet customer needs, explains Nick Herbert, Sales Director at Luxfer Europe: “Because we can control the precise diameter of our cylinders through our proprietary liner manufacturing process, we can start with a blank piece of paper. It gives us the ability to develop the most efficient cylinder geometry to optimise our MEGC designs and deliver customers exceptional value.”

Alternative fuel hub to benefit community

Luxfer Gas Cylinders has been operating for over 80 years and has sites across the world, but makes Nottingham its European base, where it employs over 230 people from the region. The new hub will see a number of additional jobs created at the Colwick site, as the facility steps up its operation.Tom Randall, Conservative MP for Gedling, attended the event to mark the beginning of the development of the Colwick site. He said: “Climate change is one of the key challenges for our society, and I have long believed that new technologies are the key to achieving our goal of reaching net zero by 2050.“I am particularly proud that a local company is playing its part in our country’s path to net zero emissions. This new facility at Luxfer Gas Cylinders will help make hydrogen more affordable and accessible, and it will create new jobs in our community. This investment is a vote of confidence in our future, as well as demonstrating confidence in Colwick and in Nottinghamshire. I want to thank Luxfer for its leadership in this important area. It will help to make our country a cleaner and more prosperous place.”The investment is just the latest commitment from Luxfer Gas Cylinders to support the hydrogen economy and champion alternative fuel adoption though virtual pipeline solutions.The company launched its G-Stor® Pro Bundle – a multiple cylinder package (MCP) comprised of a modular, interconnected system of cylinders, earlier this year. It helps meet demand for smaller volumes of hydrogen gas, as a crucial stepping stone in the hydrogen supply chain.

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Pioneering practical hydrogen storage solutions

The upcoming months are pivotal for the UK Government as it defines the role of hydrogen in its future energy strategy. Amid mounting pressure to stay on track to reach Net Zero, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, has underscored the importance of practical and feasible hydrogen storage solutions.While hydrogen is not a catch-all solution, the Committee's report highlights its vast potential. Hydrogen can significantly contribute to clean energy solutions across several sectors. These include industrial clusters, transport, shipping, and aviation. For more than two decades, Luxfer Gas Cylinders has been at the forefront of these sectors, innovating with partners to make hydrogen storage and use more efficient.Despite the persistent challenges of infrastructure, pioneers like Luxfer Gas Cylinders are developing solutions that can have an immediate impact on emissions reduction.

Meeting hydrogen demand through virtual gas pipelines

Virtual gas pipelines are emerging as a flexible and promising solution for transporting hydrogen to areas of need. As an industry leader, Luxfer has made significant progress in making hydrogen more accessible. It has accomplished this on a large scale by offering 20-foot, 40-foot, and 45-foot Multiple Element Gas Containers (MEGC), each capable of storing between 0.5 and 1.4 tonnes of the gas.But Luxfer recognised a gap in the market - a shortage of small to medium-scale gas transportation solutions across different gaseous elements for a variety of applications. With a background in innovation design for change the Luxfer team, led by alternative fuel design manage Kevin Gilbert, focused on applying its knowledge of fuel systems and bulk gas modules into a format capable of meeting smaller volume demands.

Introducing the G-Stor™ Pro Bundle: A leap forward in hydrogen storage

Luxfer’s latest innovation is the G-Stor™ Pro Bundle, a new solution for hydrogen storage. The system, which became market-ready in less than a year, comprises Luxfer's trusted Type 3 G-Stor™ Pro H2 cylinders. These cylinders are stacked horizontally and deliver a larger volume of gas within a similar footprint to other options.Features of the G-Stor™ Pro Bundle include:- A nine-cylinder bundle, designed to provide a steady and high volume of hydrogen- A lightweight, durable frame that seamlessly integrates onto trucks and trailers- Five cylinder sizes, ranging from 150 to 322 litres- Five variations of hydrogen storage capacity, from 32.1kgs to 84.3kgsDesigned for where a volume of gas is required to be fed at a regular flow rate and pressure, without an interruption, the system offers practical applications for industrial use such as refineries, small scale H2 refuelling stations, manufacturing sites, portable power generators, and more.It benefits from overpressure valves, which guarantee safe operation throughout its life cycle, and demonstrate Luxfer’s ongoing commitment to safety at the forefront of innovation.

Deploying multiple cylinder packages (MCPS) into our own operation

Innovation has always been part of Luxfer's DNA. And with a motivation to interrogate how we can improve processes and limit the environmental impact of our own operation, an opportunity arose to deploy the G-Stor™ Pro Bundle at our Nottingham UK headquarters.During the manufacture of Luxfer’s Type I and Type II cylinders, a large hydraulic ram uses nitrogen to shape a solid aluminum billet into the hollow shell of a cylinder.Within our expanding alternative fuel facility, we also have a large liquid nitrogen tank, which pressure tests our fuel systems.  As a result of a recent trial, we have readied two G-Stor™ Pro Bundles that will feed our manufacturing press, replacing the rental model currently used.

Benefits of Luxfer implementing the G-Stor™ Pro Bundle

Benefits of implementing the G-Stor™ Pro Bundle include:- Reduction in nitrogen costs through the use of gaseous nitrogen instead of liquid nitrogen- Increased pressure containment by 150 bar, resulting a change from using four multiple-cylinder packages to feed the press, to only two- Better use of space through the horizontal stacking of cylinders

Luxfer’s legacy in gas containment and the future of hydrogen storage

With an 80-year history in gas containment and an impeccable safety record, Luxfer Gas Cylinders stands at the forefront of hydrogen storage, with alternative fuel representing the fastest-growing division across the Luxfer Group.Luxfer strives to help companies progress towards their sustainability goals during uncertain times by offering advanced technological solutions. It is hoped that economic decisions in the next few months will bolster confidence in hydrogen as a fuel of choice, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and setting a clear path to a low-carbon economy by 2050.To keep updated on the projects Luxfer Gas Cylinders is working on with international partners in this rapidly evolving sector, view our latest news: https://www.luxfercylinders.com/news/

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Luxfer Introduces G-Stor® Go H2 Type 4

RIVERSIDE, California – Luxfer Gas Cylinders, a division of Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE: LXFR), a global industrial company innovating niche applications in materials engineering, today announced the introduction of the G-Stor® Go H2 hydrogen high-pressure cylinder utilizing Type 4 technology.Designed with high volumes and lightweighting in mind, this highly engineered cylinder features a polymer liner and is capable of storage pressures up 350 bar (5,000 PSI). The G-Stor® Go H2 features a proven boss-to-liner interface that results in minimal permeation and is a certified, cost-effective hydrogen storage solution ideal for fuel cell transit buses, heavy-duty trucks, vans, bulk gas transport, boats, and trains.Howard Mead, Vice President and General Manager of Luxfer Composite, notes: “This cylinder is the result of a strategic development partnership with multiple end users who develop and manufacture state-of-the-art compressed hydrogen-storage systems for fuel cell and bulk gas transport applications. We are delighted to expand the introduction of our product to the wider market.”Three sizes of the G-Stor® Go H2 are available ranging from 14.5 to 19.1 kgs of hydrogen storage. Dimensions range from 26 to 27 inches in diameter and 90 to 108 inches in length.The G-Stor® Go H2 is available for immediate orders and is on display at the Luxfer Gas Cylinders booth #6973 at the 2023 ACT Expo in Anaheim, California or visit https://www.luxfercylinders.com.PRESS CONTACT:Luxfer Gas Cylinders (USA and Global)scott.anderson@luxfer.comTel: +1 336 306 8124About Luxfer Gas CylindersLuxfer Gas Cylinders is a leading manufacturer of high-pressure composite and aluminum cylinders. More than 70 million Luxfer cylinders in service around the world have an exemplary record for dependability and safety in a variety of applications, including firefighter and first-responder life support, medical, fire extinguishers, alternative fuel, specialty gas, beverage, aerospace, inflation, SCUBA and performance racing.An operating company of Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE:LXFR), Luxfer Gas Cylinders is based in Riverside, California, and has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., England, Canada, and China.www.luxfercylinders.com

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Sales Director 2023

Luxfer Gas Cylinders, which has its UK base in Nottingham, has welcomed a new sales director – one with ambitious plans to grow Luxfer Gas Cylinders Europe significantly over the next few years. 

Following a distinguished career spanning almost 25 years in the automotive, manufacturing and engineering industries, Nick Herbert joins Luxfer at an important time, with the world-leading cylinder-maker recently celebrating its 125-year anniversary and earning international acclaim as a pioneer in hydrogen systems for the transport sector.

“Luxfer really is Nottingham’s best kept secret, tucked away in Colwick, and when I saw the role, it ticked so many boxes,” says Nick. “There’s a great culture here. It’s a dynamic business, a growing and stable company with the strength of a global group behind it. Luxfer clearly invests in its people – high calibre, passionate individuals – and its mission is to create a safe, clean and energy efficient world. That’s inspiring in itself.”

As Luxfer continues to expand its alternative fuel offering, designing hydrogen solutions to help decarbonise the transport sector, Nick’s mix of experience was a perfect match.

An engineer by degree, studying at Loughborough University, Nick spent the first part of his career in the profession before evolving his expertise into project management. Roles with leading automotive organisations Tsubakimoto and Gates Corporation followed, working with the likes of Toyota, Ford, Jaguar and Volvo, after which Nick secured his first director position with vehicle conversion specialists Bri-Stor Systems. He then ventured into the green energy sector with a company manufacturing components for wind turbines. 

Nick attributes the move to Luxfer Gas Cylinders to being inspired by its ground-breaking work harnessing hydrogen fuel. “Before joining Luxfer, I didn’t have an appreciation of the scale and diversity of the gas cylinder industry. Nor did I realise that the hydrogen economy, from a transportation perspective, is as dynamic as it is. That was a huge draw for me.

“It was also a great opportunity to tie together all my experience as an engineer and a project manager, with my automotive experience, business development, commercial leadership, sales background, and just be a part of something inspiring, as we move forward with our growth strategy.”

Nick has no doubt that Luxfer Gas Cylinders is in good company as innovators in the region. “The Midlands is a real hotbed of industrial excellence,” he continues. “In the East Midlands we have household names like Rolls Royce, Toyota and Bombardier. Slightly further afield is JCB and in the West Midlands is Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin, to name a few. But as well as industrial excellence, we have world-leading academia through the region’s universities, right on our doorstep.”

With a passion for UK manufacturing and particularly supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education, Nick is keen to attract more young talent into the industry by shifting perspectives. “Manufacturing and engineering is not necessarily what people think it is. There are many other routes to supporting UK manufacturing that aren't traditional “engineering” based, and if more young people see that, it’s going to open up manufacturing to people who might have never thought of it before. Bringing in future talent is really going to help boost and support UK manufacturing, far and wide.“Because you study engineering at university or as an apprentice, it doesn’t mean you’re destined to be doing that for the rest of your career. I’m from an engineering background but I no longer work day-to-day as an engineer. You get that grounding and then you can go on to so many other areas of interest.”As a champion of nurturing young talent, Nick is pleased to be joining a company with an established and recognised apprenticeship scheme. “As industry manufacturing grows, the attraction of apprenticeships grows,” says Nick. “Higher education isn’t for everybody, yet if you still want to develop and progress, an apprenticeship offers that ability to earn and learn – what’s better than that?”He concludes: “The best career advice I would give to others wanting to build their future in this industry is work hard at being your best and doing your best. Every chance you get, give it your all. Focus on that and the opportunities will come.”