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Catalog Number 2016.001.025
Description Raychem Chemelex Lighter, c. 1968-1999. Rectangular lighter made of plastic and metal. Main body is white plastic with blue lettering. On side reads; "Chemelex" and the other side: "Raychem". Top of lighter has a black plastic pusher for ignition. Flame guard is metal with square hole on top for flame. Side of flame guard has brand pressed in the metal. Below brand are three trapezoidal holes. Holes get taller from left to right. A plus sign is pressed into the metal to the right of the tallest hole. Below the holes, on the white plastic body is a notched metal dial. The bottom of the lighter is made of gray transparent plastic and also has brand name embossed.Lighter fluid can be see through clear plastic bottom.
Object Name Lighter
Collection 3D - Personal Gear
Title Raychem Chemelex Lighter, c. 1968-1999
Date c. 1968-1999
Creator Swedish Match, Stockholme, Sweden
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "Chemelex" (blue print on white plastic); "Raychem" (blue print on white plastic, other side); "feudor" (pressed in metal flame guard); "feudor / MADE IN FRANCE B15 SGDG" (molded in plastic bottom).
Notes Feudor is a tradmark of the company Swedish Match. Swedish Match is based in Stockholme Sweden and they produce tabacco related products and lighters.
[ 1/26/2016]

"Raychem was founded on January 1, 1957. It grew rapidly by creating proprietary new products based on Radiation processing of polymers to meet critical and difficult industry needs for electrical circuit integrity in harsh environments. Included in these initial products were irradiated wire insulation and heat shrinkable tubing. Markets included Aerospace, Military, Automotive, Telecommunications and Electrical Power Generation markets.
"In 1968, Raychem acquired Chemelex leading Raychem to extend its radiation polymer processing technology to polymers filled with conductive carbon creating a family of "Self Limiting Heaters". This technology was further extended to produce resettable switches forming the enabling technology for the "Polyswitch" Division.
"As Raychem grew into a world class Material Science Company, additional technologies explored, developed and taken to market were Heat Recoverable Metals, Piezoelectric Materials (Elographics), Silicone Gels (Geltek) and Liquid Crystals (Taliq).
"Each year, Raychem devoted between 8 and 10 percent of sales into Research and Development resulting in thousands of new products based on the technologies listed above. Research and Product Development labaratories, in addition to Menlo Park and Redwood City were established in Swindon, UK, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, Ottobrunn, Germany, Pontois, France and Japan.
"Manning these laboratories were an extremely creative and talented group of scientists and engineers who found innovative ways to use technologies to create new products."
[ 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-2.75 W-1.125 D-0.5 inches
Search Terms Chemelex Inc., Redwood City
Menlo Park
Subjects Cigarette lighters