Discover how Johnson Matthey grew from its beginnings in 1817 to become an international leading speciality chemicals company
Building a reputation in precious metals
Percival Norton Johnson establishes business as gold assayer in London
Offices moved to 79 Hatton Garden
Percival Norton Johnson took George Stokes into partnership – known as Johnson & Stokes
Percival Norton Johnson took WJ Cock into partnership – company known as Johnson & Cock
George Matthey joins company to form Johnson & Matthey
Johnson Matthey appointed Official Assayers and Refiners to the Bank of England
Percival Norton Johnson retired. George Matthey, John Sellon and Edward Matthey form a partnership called Johnson Matthey and Company
'Johnson Matthey & Company' approved as refiners to Bank of England
Preference shares listed on London Stock Exchange
Acquired Johnson Matthey & Co. Inc – USA, Johnson Matthey & Co – Birmingham Branch, Hadyn Park Works
Poland Street branch opened in London W1
Merensky reef discovered in South Africa
Discovery of vast platinum mineral deposits in Rustenburg district of Transvaal, South Africa
Johnson Matthey research head A R Powell and E C Deering devise a process for extracting and refining platinum group metals
The company acquires majority interest in J Bishop Platinum Works, Malvern, USA (established 1822); the origin of Johnson Matthey’s present operations in the Delaware Valley
Johnson Matthey patents the only workable process for extraction and refining platinum group metals from Rustenburg ores
Formation of Rustenburg Platinum Mines
Hatton Garden office rebuilding begins
Johnson Matthey constructs Research and Development laboratories in Wembley, UK and relocates some mechanical production operations from London
Ordinary shares listed on London Stock Exchange
The company wins exclusive contracts for refining British demonetised silver coinage
Johnson Matthey acquires subsidiaries in Australia and New Zealand. UK ceramic litho transfers acquisition added to ceramic decoration activities
Gradual relocation of Hatton Garden manufacturing operations to Harlow, Wembley and Royston in the UK...
... Rapid development to European and worldwide operations with new production and sales outlets in Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, Spain and Sweden
Formation of associated company, Arora-Matthey Limited, in India
Two Queen’s Awards won for Export Achievement
Tanaka Matthey KK formed in Japan: joint venture with Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo KK. Johnson Matthey acquires majority interest in Matthey Beyrand et Cie, Limoges, France
Queen’s Award for Export Achievement (Johnson Matthey Group)
The world’s first catalysts to control vehicle pollution are produced at Johnson Matthey’s Royston, UK site in May 1974
The Head Office moves from Hatton Garden to Southgate, North London. Johnson Matthey's Technology Centre is relocated from Wembley to Sonning Common
Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement for development of catalytic systems for controlling vehicle exhaust emissions
Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award for development of rhodium catalysed hydroformylation process
MacRobert Award – Britain’s top engineering distinction – for work on control of car exhaust emissions
Company renamed Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company on 31st July
Queen’s Award for Export Achievement (Johnson Matthey Chemicals)
The company opens new primary gold refinery at Salt Lake City, USA. Commercialisation of platinum based anticancer drugs developed by Johnson Matthey
Further recognition with a Queen’s Award for Export Achievement. Johnson Matthey opens autocatalyst plant in Australia
Queen’s Award for Technological Advancement won jointly by Johnson Matthey’s Technology Centre, the Institute of Cancer Research and...
... the Royal Marsden Hospital in London for work on platinum based anticancer drugs and carboplatin
Johnson Matthey opens a new autocatalyst manufacturing facility in South Africa
Johnson Matthey sells UK and Irish jewellery business. It opens a new technology centre in Japan and diesel catalyst technical centre in Sweden.
The company's Catalytic Systems Division wins two Queen’s Awards in 1993, for Environment Achievement and Export
Johnson Matthey and Cookson sign Ceramic Materials joint venture agreement and form Cookson Matthey Ceramics.
Johnson Matthey announces joint development programme on fuel cell catalysts with Ballard Power Systems
The company opens autocatalyst manufacturing plants in Mexico and Malaysia
Johnson Matthey buys Cookson share of Cookson Matthey Ceramics, the business becomes Johnson Matthey’s Colours & Coatings Division.
Johnson Matthey sells Hatton Garden site. It opens an autocatalyst production facility in Argentina
The company sells its Electronic Materials Division
Johnson Matthey opens new autocatalyst manufacturing plant in India
Company receives second MacRobert Award for the Continuously Regenerating Trap (CRT®) system to control emissions from heavy duty diesel vehicles
New European autocatalyst plant opened in UK using advanced production technology. Autocatalyst production facility in China also opened.
Work starts on dedicated fuel cell membrane electrode assembly manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK.
Acquisition on Pharm-Eco Laboratories and Meconic plc which become part of Pharmaceutical Materials Division
Johnson Matthey acquires 'Synetix' catalyst business from ICI, Cascade Biochem and Avocado Research Limited
Tracerco, part of Johnson Matthey Plc, receives the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation
The company opens a new platinum group metal catalyst manufacturing plant in Taloja, India and acquires the AMC Group of companies and Lancaster Synthesis.
The Pigments and Dispersions business is sold. Johnson Matthey celebrates 30 years in the development of autocatalysts
Tracerco, part of Johnson Matthey Plc, receives the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade
Johnson Matthey acquires Davy Process Technology, a process design and technology licensing company
Johnson Matthey launches its Sustainability 2017 Vision. Ceramics Division is sold and the company reorganises into three global divisions to give greater focus on the development of technologies concerned with protecting the environment.
The Gas Processing business of Johnson Matthey Catalysts is awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade category
Johnson Matthey acquires Argillon adding to our existing technology for controlling harmful emissions of oxides of nitrogen. New emission control technology manufacturing facilities are opened in South Korea, the Russian Federation and Royston, UK
Johnson Matthey wins three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. Two of the awards are made to the Emission Control Technologies business for the compact catalyst soot filter which controls diesel emissions from passenger cars. Tracerco also wins a Queen’s Award for its radiation monitors
New emission control catalyst manufacturing facilities are opened in Macedonia, Smithfield in the USA and Shanghai, China.
Johnson Matthey acquires Intercat, Inc., a supplier of speciality additives to the petroleum refining industry.
A major expansion of Johnson Matthey’s emission control catalyst manufacturing plant in Macedonia doubles its capacity. Johnson Matthey Battery Systems is formed following...
... the earlier acquisition of Axeon. The business, which operates in Dundee, UK and Gliwice in Poland, specialises in the design, development and manufacture of integrated battery systems.
Johnson Matthey acquires Formox, a leading global provider of catalysts, plant designs and licences for the manufacture of formaldehyde.
The company’s technologies complement Johnson Matthey’s existing strengths in process catalysts and in plant design and licensing.
Johnson Matthey wins The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. The prestigious award recognises the company’s achievements in developing and manufacturing emission control catalysts, using resources efficiently and meeting challenging sustainability targets.
The award is presented at an event to celebrate 40 years since the production of Johnson Matthey’s first autocatalyst – the name given to emission control catalysts used in cars – at its site in Royston, UK.
Johnson Matthey strengthens its position in battery technologies, acquiring battery materials manufacturing assets in China from A123 in September. In October, an agreement is announced to purchase Clariant’s battery materials business.
These acquisitions mark an important step in Johnson Matthey’s long term strategy to establish new businesses
A History of Platinum and its Allied Metals
This book describes the history of platinum and its associated metals, covering important discoveries and scientific work on the platinum group metals up to the early twentieth century.
With 24 chapters, over 600 references and 235 illustrations, 'A History of Platinum and its Allied Metals' by Donald McDonald and Leslie B. Hunt is the definitive description of how science was able to progress by means of the unique properties of these metals.