Discover how Johnson Matthey grew from its beginnings in 1817 to become an international leading speciality chemicals company

1817

1817

Building a reputation in precious metals

Percival Norton Johnson establishes business as gold assayer in London

1822

1822

Offices moved to 79 Hatton Garden

1832

1832

Percival Norton Johnson took George Stokes into partnership – known as Johnson & Stokes

1837

1837

Percival Norton Johnson took WJ Cock into partnership – company known as Johnson & Cock

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1851

1851

George Matthey joins company to form Johnson & Matthey

1852

1852

Johnson Matthey appointed Official Assayers and Refiners to the Bank of England

1860

1860

Percival Norton Johnson retired. George Matthey, John Sellon and Edward Matthey form a partnership called Johnson Matthey and Company

1861

1861

'Johnson Matthey & Company' approved as refiners to Bank of England

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1901

1901

Preference shares listed on London Stock Exchange

1919

1919

Acquired Johnson Matthey & Co. Inc – USA, Johnson Matthey & Co – Birmingham Branch, Hadyn Park Works

1921

1921

Poland Street branch opened in London W1

1924

1924

Merensky reef discovered in South Africa

1925

1925

Discovery of vast platinum mineral deposits in Rustenburg district of Transvaal, South Africa

1926

1926

Johnson Matthey research head A R Powell and E C Deering devise a process for extracting and refining platinum group metals

1927

1927

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

1928

1928

Johnson Matthey patents the only workable process for extraction and refining platinum group metals from Rustenburg ores

1931

1931

Formation of Rustenburg Platinum Mines

1937

1937

Hatton Garden office rebuilding begins

1938

1938

Johnson Matthey constructs Research and Development laboratories in Wembley, UK and relocates some mechanical production operations from London

1942

1942

Ordinary shares listed on London Stock Exchange

1946

1946

The company wins exclusive contracts for refining British demonetised silver coinage

1948

1948

Johnson Matthey acquires subsidiaries in Australia and New Zealand. UK ceramic litho transfers acquisition added to ceramic decoration activities

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1950s

1950s

Gradual relocation of Hatton Garden manufacturing operations to Harlow, Wembley and Royston in the UK...

1950s

1950s

... Rapid development to European and worldwide operations with new production and sales outlets in Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, Spain and Sweden

1964

1964

Formation of associated company, Arora-Matthey Limited, in India

1968

1968

Two Queen’s Awards won for Export Achievement

1969

1969

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

1970

1970

Queen’s Award for Export Achievement (Johnson Matthey Group)

1974

1974

The world’s first catalysts to control vehicle pollution are produced at Johnson Matthey’s Royston, UK site in May 1974

1975

1975

The Head Office moves from Hatton Garden to Southgate, North London. Johnson Matthey's Technology Centre is relocated from Wembley to Sonning Common

1976

1976

Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement for development of catalytic systems for controlling vehicle exhaust emissions

1977

1977

Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award for development of rhodium catalysed hydroformylation process

1980

1980

MacRobert Award – Britain’s top engineering distinction – for work on control of car exhaust emissions

1981

1981

Company renamed Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company on 31st July

1982

1982

Queen’s Award for Export Achievement (Johnson Matthey Chemicals)

1983

1983

The company opens new primary gold refinery at Salt Lake City, USA. Commercialisation of platinum based anticancer drugs developed by Johnson Matthey

1986

1986

Further recognition with a Queen’s Award for Export Achievement. Johnson Matthey opens autocatalyst plant in Australia

1991

1991

Queen’s Award for Technological Advancement won jointly by Johnson Matthey’s Technology Centre, the Institute of Cancer Research and...

1991

1991

... the Royal Marsden Hospital in London for work on platinum based anticancer drugs and carboplatin

1992

1992

Johnson Matthey opens a new autocatalyst manufacturing facility in South Africa

1993

1993

Johnson Matthey sells UK and Irish jewellery business. It opens a new technology centre in Japan and diesel catalyst technical centre in Sweden.

1993

1993

The company's Catalytic Systems Division wins two Queen’s Awards in 1993, for Environment Achievement and Export

1994

1994

Johnson Matthey and Cookson sign Ceramic Materials joint venture agreement and form Cookson Matthey Ceramics.

1994

1994

Johnson Matthey announces joint development programme on fuel cell catalysts with Ballard Power Systems

1995

1995

The company opens autocatalyst manufacturing plants in Mexico and Malaysia

1998

1998

Johnson Matthey buys Cookson share of Cookson Matthey Ceramics, the business becomes Johnson Matthey’s Colours & Coatings Division.

1998

1998

Johnson Matthey sells Hatton Garden site. It opens an autocatalyst production facility in Argentina

1999

1999

The company sells its Electronic Materials Division

2000

2000

Johnson Matthey opens new autocatalyst manufacturing plant in India

2000

2000

Company receives second MacRobert Award for the Continuously Regenerating Trap (CRT®) system to control emissions from heavy duty diesel vehicles

2001

2001

New European autocatalyst plant opened in UK using advanced production technology. Autocatalyst production facility in China also opened.

2001

2001

Work starts on dedicated fuel cell membrane electrode assembly manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK.

2001

2001

Acquisition on Pharm-Eco Laboratories and Meconic plc which become part of Pharmaceutical Materials Division

2002

2002

Johnson Matthey acquires 'Synetix' catalyst business from ICI, Cascade Biochem and Avocado Research Limited

2003

2003

Tracerco, part of Johnson Matthey Plc, receives the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation

2004

2004

The company opens a new platinum group metal catalyst manufacturing plant in Taloja, India and acquires the AMC Group of companies and Lancaster Synthesis.

2004

2004

The Pigments and Dispersions business is sold. Johnson Matthey celebrates 30 years in the development of autocatalysts

2005

2005

Tracerco, part of Johnson Matthey Plc, receives the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade

2006

2006

Johnson Matthey acquires Davy Process Technology, a process design and technology licensing company

2007

2007

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.

2007

2007

The Gas Processing business of Johnson Matthey Catalysts is awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade category

2008

2008

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

2009

2009

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

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2010

2010

New emission control catalyst manufacturing facilities are opened in Macedonia, Smithfield in the USA and Shanghai, China.

2010

2010

Johnson Matthey acquires Intercat, Inc., a supplier of speciality additives to the petroleum refining industry.

2012

2012

A major expansion of Johnson Matthey’s emission control catalyst manufacturing plant in Macedonia doubles its capacity. Johnson Matthey Battery Systems is formed following...

2012

2012

... 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.

2013

2013

Johnson Matthey acquires Formox, a leading global provider of catalysts, plant designs and licences for the manufacture of formaldehyde.

2013

2013

The company’s technologies complement Johnson Matthey’s existing strengths in process catalysts and in plant design and licensing.

2014

2014

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.

2014

2014

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.

2014

2014

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.

2014

2014

These acquisitions mark an important step in Johnson Matthey’s long term strategy to establish new businesses

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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.

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