Last century, Alec and Brodie Lodge made the decision, that then seemed so reckless, to risk their tiny capital in the uncertain gamble of the motorcar. The evolution of their spark plug, from being a novelty waved from a soapbox to a vital component in so many forms of transport, has been continuous.
It is marked by special moments whose drama may now be dimmed but which remain significant when we look back. Sir Oliver Lodge's ignition system; the first Lodge plug; Bernard Hopps' development of the fused glass gastight joint; the amalgamation of the two promising young companies; the first Lodge aircraft plugs; in the First War; the building of the Rugby factory; the Schneider Trophy; the invention of Sintox and "S" Alloy; President Roosevelt's tribute to the Fortress plug - these are among them. What follows are a few key moments in the History of the company from it’s inception as a manufacturer of automotive spark plugs to a supplier of advanced ceramic components and assemblies for a wide range of demanding markets.