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Description of the Business

Environmental Technologies Division’s products and services are used globally in applications which benefit the environment. It supplies catalysts and technologies which contribute to pollution control, cleaner fuels, greener power and the more efficient use of hydrocarbon resources. It comprises of four businesses:

Emission Control Technologies (ECT)

ECT consists of Johnson Matthey’s global autocatalyst, heavy duty diesel and stationary emissions control businesses. We are a world leading manufacturer of catalysts for vehicle exhaust emission control and catalyst systems for the reduction of emissions from industrial processes.

ECT’s products are used globally to reduce emissions from vehicles and other pollution sources to ensure they meet legislated environmental limits. Its products are fitted to about a third of all cars produced in the world and, since their introduction in 1974, these products have had a major impact on air quality across the globe, preventing many millions of tonnes of pollutants from reaching the atmosphere.

ECT’s manufacturing plants are located in the UK, Germany, Macedonia, Russia, USA, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Japan, Malaysia, India, China and South Korea. R&D facilities are in the USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, Japan, China and South Korea.

Process Technologies

Process Technologies manufactures speciality catalysts, absorbents and additives for the methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, gas / coal to products, oil refineries and gas processing industries. These catalysts allow industrial processes to operate using less energy, to convert raw materials to desired products more efficiently and to ensure that unwanted impurities, such as sulphur and mercury, are removed from the processes. The business also provides a range of services that improve the effectiveness of its products in customers’ plants.

Davy Process Technology (DPT) develops chemical process technologies and licenses them to customers in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. Its extensive portfolio includes a number of technologies which incorporate sustainable feedstocks such as waste fats and oils. Tracerco is a specialist measurement business that provides process diagnostic services through a broad range of analytical techniques and instrumentation.

Process Technologies serves customers around the world and has manufacturing sites in the UK, USA, Sweden, India and China, supported by technology development facilities in the UK and the US and technical offices in all of the key markets worldwide.

Fuel Cells

Johnson Matthey has a world leading position in the development and manufacture of catalysts and catalysed components for fuel cells, a technology for generating low carbon power.

The business has the world’s largest fuel cell component manufacturing facility, in Swindon, UK, for the production of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) for hydrogen and methanol fuelled systems and is backed by extensive research and development efforts.

Fuel cells are widely recognised as an emerging technology to power a range of equipment from cars and buses to laptops and mobile phones. Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells is at the leading edge of fuel cell component development.

Battery Technologies

Battery Technologies was formed during 2012/13 and comprises Johnson Matthey’s R&D programmes in advanced battery materials and Axeon, which specialises in the design, development and manufacture of integrated battery systems.

The business is focused on developing advanced technologies and materials to meet the requirements of high performance battery applications such as for automotive, e-bikes and power tools. Whilst the market for these batteries continues to grow strongly in some markets, in others, for example automotive, the performance of today’s battery chemistry continues to be a limiting factor. This provides opportunities for technology development to address the challenges for these markets.

R&D programmes on battery materials are based at the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre in Sonning Common, UK and Axeon operates from facilities in Dundee, UK and Gliwice in Poland.

Process Technologies develops and manufactures catalysts for a range of chemical processes.

Alto Parana’s formaldehyde plant at Puerto San Martin in Argentina is based on Formox’s plant design and technology and uses Formox’s novel metal oxide catalysts.

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