Luxfer Graphic Arts (formerly Magnesium Elektron and Revere Graphics) has a long history and proud heritage in metal engraving and etching. Our combined roots date back to Paul Revere (1735-1818), a master engraver and printer, and Dow Chemical’s invention of “powderless etching” (1959).
Photoengraving is a global industry with a variety of applications. In recent years, demand for metal foil-stamping and embossing dies – produced by chemical etching and computer numerical control (CNC) engraving – has grown significantly, primarily in luxury packaging and labeling. Greeting cards continue to be a major market for foiling and embossing. Our magnesium, copper, zinc and brass plates are also used in the following products or processes: awards and plaques, architectural signage, equipment nameplates, textile embossing, membrane switch dies, molds for jewelry, rubber stamps, shoe soles and intaglio printing for invitations and letterhead. New applications continue to evolve as engraving metals play an ongoing role in graphic arts and tooling markets.
The following professional associations and industry sources can provide information about applications in which our products are used:
- Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA): www.fsea.com
- International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking (IADD): www.iadd.org
- International Engraved Graphics Association (IEGA): www.iega.org
- Greeting Card Association: www.greetingcard.org
- Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA): www.sgia.org
- Photo Chemical Machining Institute (PCMI): www.pcmi.org
- Promotional Products Association International: www.ppai.org
- Retail Packaging Association (RPA): www.retailpackaging.org