Celebrating 200 years of inspiring science


Johnson Matthey is celebrating its 200th year in business with a party at the Catacel Technology Center in Ravenna, Ohio.  It will be one of many sites celebrating that day.

On 19th July, approximately 70 celebrations will be taking place around the world, following the sunrise in Japan to sunset in the United States.  This will bring together Johnson Matthey’s 13,000 employees around the world, including scientists, engineers, sales teams and other staff across a wide range of disciplines.  Tree planting, beach clean-ups and other community or charity focused activities will feature alongside traditional parties to recognize the achievements of a company that provides science-led solutions on a global scale.

During the celebrations, 12 sites will link up for a live broadcast streamed from each location, mixed with pre-recorded video content from across the company.  Chief Executive Robert MacLeod will launch the festivities at the company’s site in Kitsuregawa, Japan and then fly to the US to close events with staff in San Diego, CA.

As part of the company’s commitment to making the world a cleaner, healthier place, many sites are planting 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 19th July are 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.

© Johnson Matthey 2018