We create products and technologies that benefit the environment, conserve natural resources and improve the quality of life of millions of people around the world

Since the 1970s emission control catalysts made by Johnson Matthey have prevented over half a billion tonnes of pollutants from reaching the atmosphere
Since the 1970s emission control catalysts made by Johnson Matthey have prevented over half a billion tonnes of pollutants from reaching the atmosphere

We are committed to operating our manufacturing processes in the most responsible and efficient way and focused on providing products and technologies that deliver sustainability benefits to our customers and to society.

Many of our products and technologies have a beneficial impact on the environment, on resource efficiency and on human health and wellbeing.

How our products make a difference

The environment

We are leaders in products and technologies that benefit the environment. Our emission control catalysts are fitted to about a third of all cars produced around the world. 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.

We also supply nitrous oxide (N2O) destruction systems which are used in nitric acid manufacturing plants to abate emissions of N2O, a highly potent greenhouse gas. To date, reductions equivalent to over 35 million tonnes of CO2 have been achieved from projects utilising these systems.

Our products and technologies also help our customers to make the most efficient use of resources. The recycling of precious metals is a core competence of Johnson Matthey and we offer a range of recycling and refining services to our customers around the world. We also manufacture catalysts, all of which allow industrial processes to convert raw materials to desired products more efficiently and to operate using less energy.

Johnson Matthey's products and technologies also make a major contribution to improving human health and enhancing quality of life. We manufacture opiate based active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), such as morphine and codeine, to relieve pain, platinum based anticancer compounds for chemotherapy treatments, other controlled substance APIs and a range of fine chemicals used by pharmaceutical companies in drug preparations. We also manufacture parts for medical devices used in life saving surgery for maintaining cardiovascular health.

In addition, we manufacture a range of products that offer end use consumers the opportunity to purchase items that enhance their lifestyle. These include precious metal products used to produce fine jewellery, many products (alongside emission control catalysts) which are found all over our cars, and decorative colours that are used to adorn our glassware and ceramics.

A life cycle approach

Johnson Matthey’s vision for a sustainable business has always extended beyond how we operate our manufacturing processes and the nature of the products we supply. We are working to more fully understand the sustainability implications of our supply / value chains through conducting supplier audits, expanding the use of tools and metrics to measure impacts. These include carbon footprint, streamlined life cycle assessments and quantitative life cycle analyses. We also undertake assessments of alternative end of life opportunities for specific products (adopting a ‘cradle to cradle’ approach).

In addition to enhancing our understanding of the benefits that our products can bring, this work is also helping us to identify opportunities to improve the sustainability credentials of existing products, develop new, more sustainable products for the future and improve the environmental impacts of our manufacturing processes. Engagement with stakeholders, investment in R&D and an understanding of our product life cycles is providing a firm foundation from which to develop the next generation of sustainable products and technologies for our customers.

Latest developments

One of the two key drivers of our Sustainability 2017 Vision concerns the development of improved, more efficient products for our customers. As a technology company we invest heavily in research and development (R&D) and many of our R&D programmes are focused on bringing new sustainable products and technologies to the market place.

Read about examples of recently launched products and technologies and those close to commercialisation.