Our History

We love to be a part of your life, but how much do you know about us? CLIPPER is a Pioneer of lighters and accessories production. We were founded in Barcelona in 1959 by FLAMAGAS S.A. Our cylindric shape was designed by the well known designer Enric Sarda in 1970. Nowadays CLIPPER is a worldwide icon for millions of smokers around the world.

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CLIPPER leads the refillable market. It’s superior quality and standards, are a reflection of our safety and reliability. There’s no one better on quality and design!

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Did you know that we make hundreds of different collections every year, all around the globe? This is how CLIPPER MANIA started few years ago. A global phenomenon that has turned our lighter into a valuable and collectable piece. Discover how much have we evolved. Time flies!


  • 1959
    FLAMAGAS SA was founded in Barcelona.
  • 1971
    FLAMAGAS creates the first iconic CLIPPER CLASSIC lighter.
  • 1972
    Opened the first CLIPPER Factory in Barcelona and produce the first refillable lighter in the whole world.
  • 1989
    Launch CLIPPER BRIO family.
  • 1990
    We expanded our distribution with the opening of FLAMAGAS FRANCE.
  • 1995
  • 2000
    FLAMAGAS INDIA factory opened.
  • 2001
    New distribution with the new subsidiaries: CLIPPER RUSSIA, CLIPPER PORTUGAL, CLIPPER TURKEY.
  • 2002
    We started the production of the new CLASSIC ELECTRONIC.
  • 2003
    Launch of the first BRIO MICRO MODEL.
  • 2004
    Opened FLAMAGAS CHINA factory.
  • 2005
    Produced the first CLIPPER CLASSIC MICRO.
  • 2006
  • 2008
    CLIPPER UK subsidiary was born. First production of the models CLASSIC ELECTRONIC M​ICRO​, CLIPPER METAL LARGE and the Multipurpose Lighter CLIPPER TUBE.
  • 2011
    Launch the first CLIPPER BRIO COVERS
  • 2012
    We celebrated the 40th anniversary of our CLIPPER LIGHTER. The new multipurpose CLIPPER WAVE was born.
  • 2013
    Opening of our CLIPPER MEXICO subsidiary. We lanuched the CLIPPER METAL MICRO.
  • 2015
    Opening of CLIPPER BRASIL subsidiary. Launched CLIPPER TUBE MINI Multipurpose Lighter.
  • 2016
    Launch CLIPPER filters and papers family.