MEL Chemicals

MEL Chemicals

MEL Chemicals is a global producer and supplier of inorganic materials specialising in zirconium based chemicals. We are headquartered in Manchester, UK and have research & development and manufacturing on three continents. MEL has a long-established, global reputation for the production of high quality zirconium based chemicals. Our products are used in a variety of applications including automotive catalysis, electronics, structural and functional ceramics, paper production, chemical catalysis, solid oxide fuel cells, water purification and many more. We produce an extensive range of pure zirconium oxides and hydroxides, doped zirconias and reactive zirconium chemicals. Details of our product ranges can be found within our Product Range pages. ur products are manufactured both in the UK and the USA and we have a joint venture, Nikkei MEL, in Japan with Nippon Light Metal. MEL Chemicals is an operating unit of the Luxfer Group (NYSE:LXFR) of high-technology companies.

Company details

500 Barbertown Point Breeze Road , Flemington , NJ 08822 USA
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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Fine Chemicals
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1950

  • Part of the Luxfer Group, MEL Chemicals has production facilities in Manchester in the UK, in Flemington New Jersey in the USA (MEL Chemicals Inc) and Shimizu in Japan (Nikkei MEL)
  • MEL has been manufacturing zirconium chemicals since the 1950’s and has been at the forefront of technology developments in zirconium chemistry. There are sales offices and technical/development facilities at all three of the sites.
  • We produce zirconia and zirconium hydroxides, doped zirconias and zirconium salts and solutions (reactive chemicals).
  • MEL Chemicals Inc produces zirconia and zirconium hydroxides, doped zirconias and zirconium salts and solutions (reactive chemicals).
  • Nikkei MEL produces zirconium salts and solutions (reactive chemicals). With sites on three continents equipped with sales and technical facilities, MEL Chemicals is set to respond to customer needs for existing and new applications.
  • MEL Chemicals and the Luxfer Group value their reputation and are committed to conducting business in an ethical and honest manner. As part of this commitment, the group adheres to an anti-bribery policy, details of which are available to download here.
  • MEL Chemicals is pleased to announce that S. Goldmann GmbH & Co KG is acting as distributor for some MEL products in Austria, Germany, Poland and Switzerland.

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MEL Chemicals has been manufacturing zirconium chemicals since the 1950´s and has been at the forefront of technology developments in zirconium chemistry. We are headquartered in Manchester in the UK and have R&D and manufacturing on three continents.

MEL Chemicals produces zirconia and zirconium hydroxides, doped zirconias and zirconium salts and solutions (reactive chemicals) in large quantities on multipurpose plants.

MEL Chemicals has a long-established, global reputation for the production of high quality zirconium based chemicals. Our products are used in a variety of applications including automotive catalysis, electronics, structural and functional ceramics, paper production, chemical catalysis, solid oxide fuel cells, water purification and many more.

Details of our product ranges can be found within our Product Range pages. Our products are manufactured both in the UK and the USA and we have a joint venture, Nikkei MEL, in Japan with Nippon Light Metal.

MEL are committed to our customers and have always invested heavily in research and development. This allows us to tailor our zirconia products to customer specifications.

The USA's most experienced manufacturer and supplier of quality zirconium chemicals and zirconium oxides, servicing the Americas and the world since 1974

MEL Chemicals Inc has many identical facilities to the plant in the UK. They produce zirconia and zirconium hydroxides, doped zirconias and zirconium salts and solutions (reactive chemicals) in large quantities on multipurpose plants.

Besides zirconia, MEL Chemicals Inc. is the exclusive distributor in the USA and Mexico for Keeling & Walker Ltd., a global leader in tin oxide expertise for ceramic and advanced applications.

Nikkei MEL is a joint venture between MEL Chemicals and Nippon Light Metal (NLM). Nikkei MEL produces zirconium salts and solutions (reactive chemicals) for the Japanese market and act as the sales focus for other sales in Japan.

MEL Chemicals was founded in 1934 as Magnesium Elektron. Originally a manufacturer of magnesium products; the company has grown in both size and scope, and today stands as one of the worlds leading producers of zirconium chemicals.

The 23 hectare Manchester manufacturing site was first established in 1934 and became known as MEL Chemicals in the 1990s. We have a number of production and pilot plants at our Manchester site, enabling us to produce various zirconium based products, on a wide range of scales from 100g to 2Te per batch.

Luxfer is a technology company with operations around the world that work closely with customers to find innovative solutions to their needs for advanced materials, components and gas containment.

The Luxfer Group excells in the development of materials and products for demanding applications, drawing on our unrivalled understanding of the metallurgy and chemical properties of materials in which we specialise.

The Group manufactures products in aluminium, magnesium, titanium and carbon composites; and chemically-derived compounds of zirconium.

Luxfer has pioneered the use of these materials in high-technology industries for more than 70 years, extending properties and enhancing performance of these materials in high-performance applications around the world. Our focus is on demanding applications where our technical know-how and manufacturing expertise combine to deliver a superior product. Increasingly, many of these demanding applications are to be found in growing markets for environmental controls, advanced healthcare technology and the protection of people and property. 

Applications for our products include:

  • Improving fuel economy by lightweighting aircraft, trucks, buses, trains and cars.
  • Controlling emissions from road vehicles, converting noxious gases into harmless ones.
  • Removing toxic metals from drinking water and industrial effluent.
  • Improving patient mobility and quality of life with lightweight, portable medical equipment.
  • Protecting people and equipment in conflict situations.

Environmental, healthcare and personal protection applications have been a key focus of our new product development in recent years, generating many new products alongside those produced for our more traditional specialist markets.