In total, approximately 70 parties took place around the world, following the sunrise in Japan to sunset in the United States, and bringing together our 13,000 employees around the world. Tree planting, beach clean-ups and other community or charity focused activities featured alongside traditional parties to recognise the achievements of a company that provides science-led solutions on a global scale.
During the celebrations, 12 sites linked up for a live broadcast streamed from each location, mixed with pre-recorded video content from across the company. Chief Executive Robert MacLeod launched the festivities at our site in Kitsuregawa, Japan and then joined partiers in the US to close events in San Diego.
As part of the company's commitment to making the world a cleaner, healthier place, and our investment in the future, many sites planted trees as part of their event to mark the occasion.
Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey said: "This is a very special year for all of us at Johnson Matthey as we celebrate our 200th anniversary and the events on the 19 th July were about celebrating the contribution of JM employees, past and present, and looking to the future as we build our third century. Much of the important work that we do is not visible to the naked eye but the impact of our science is global and profound. This year we renew our mission to make the world a cleaner and healthier place for everyone."
Johnson Matthey's inspiring science is helping to enhance people's lives on a global scale. Innovative technologies developed by the company's scientists are transforming the quality of air around the world. New materials are reshaping battery technology for the automotive industry and advanced technologies are being developed that optimise the efficiency of world scale processes used to produce many important chemical intermediates. At the same time, the company is applying its expertise to create vital products for the pharmaceutical and medical industries, making a difference to the health and wellbeing of millions.