Luxfer Gas Cylinders opening ceremony for the company’s new European composite cylinder production facility in France will take place 13 October.

Luxfer has invested several million euros in the state-of-the-art facility, which will initially employ 40 people. The new facility, an expansion of Luxfer’s existing French plant, will produce full-wrap and carbon composite cylinders used primarily in the medical market, as well as by fire fighters and emergency rescue personnel.

Products will include medical oxygen cylinders and life-support cylinders for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

David Rix, managing director of Luxfer Europe, said: “European demand for composite oxygen and life-support cylinders has significantly increased.

“The increased capacity at our French plant will greatly enhance Luxfer’s ability to meet the growing needs of our European customers with a wide range of products that we previously manufactured only in the United States.

“We have future plans to further expand the manufacturing capacity of our French facility in response to growing demand in other European market sectors, including paintball.”