Johnson Matthey acquires Catacel



CatacelLogo-349c-fan.aiJohnson Matthey, a London-based specialty chemicals company, announced today that it completed the purchase of the business and assets of Catacel Corporation.

Catacel, based in Ohio, USA, is an innovative supplier of novel technology centered on the use of metal foil-coated catalysts and sorbents to a range of process industries. Its products include high-heat-transfer catalyst technology for hydrogen and syngas production and fuel processing systems for stationary fuel cells.

Catacel’s business will be integrated into Johnson Matthey’s Process Technologies Division and will have access to the wider resources of the Johnson Matthey group, including its global network of research and technology centers with their world-leading development and characterisation facilities. Being part of Johnson Matthey will provide Catacel with the financial stability and scale of operations required to achieve its potential within its target markets.

Commenting on the transaction, William Whittenberger, Catacel’s President and Chief Technology Officer, said: “We are delighted to become a part of the world-renowned Johnson Matthey organization. This is an outcome that we have long contemplated, owing to the fit between these companies and the mutual benefits we bring to one another. Catacel has strong and impactful technology for process industries and the fuel cell market. Together with Johnson Matthey, we will continue to develop and improve heat-exchanging catalytic material solutions that are valued by our customers.”

Catacel’s SSR® (Stackable Structural Reactor) technology is a novel, patented, catalyst technology for steam methane reforming that can deliver fuel savings or throughput increases in tubular reformers. Johnson Matthey is a leading supplier of catalyst technology to steam reformers in the hydrogen, methanol and ammonia markets. The further development and optimisation of Catacel’s SSR technology will enable Johnson Matthey to offer its customers an enhanced range of market-leading catalyst technologies for hydrogen or syngas manufacture.

Catacel also has a strong position in coated catalysts and reactor systems for fuel processing for stationary fuel cells. Johnson Matthey will look to identify technical and commercial synergies within its current businesses to assist and accelerate growth in this market.

About Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey is a London-based global speciality chemicals company underpinned by science, technology and its people.  A leader in sustainable technologies, many of the group’s products enhance the quality of life of millions through their beneficial impact on the environment, human health and wellbeing. In catalysis, it is a supplier of both precious and base metal catalysts and offers products for a diverse range of industries, from fuel cells and environmental catalysts to petrochemicals, edible oils and specialist oil and gas purification. Johnson Matthey also supplies a full range of catalysts for synthesis gas (syngas), ammonia, methanol and hydrogen, substitute natural gas (SNG) and FCC additives under its KATALCOJM and INTERCATJM product brands.

Johnson Matthey has operations in more than 30 countries and employs approximately 12,000 people. Its products and services are sold across the world to a wide range of advanced technology industries.

About Catacel

Catacel is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of catalytic steam reforming and heat exchanging technology. Catacel has almost 30 years of experience in the process industries and uses its expertise to constantly innovate new technologies in fuel reforming, combustion and gas separation. Catacel has developed an impressive reputation for working with its clients to design and to manufacture the best product that meets their specific needs.

Catacel is based in Ravenna, Ohio, and employs 30 people in a variety of technical, commercial and manufacturing roles.

For more information

Visit  Johnson Matthey’s Process Technologies website at or contact Raymond Hadden, Technical Development Director – Refineries, Johnson Matthey Process Technologies Division, at Tel: +44 (0) 1642 522139 or

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