Always being at the forefront of technology, we've played an essential role in Johnson Matthey's history since 1817. Through our key milestones we have developed the expertise to become the internationally renowned business we are today.

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1960s

We introduced catchment gauzes into gauze packs for effective platinum recovery.

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1968

We developed the Zirconia Grain Stabilised (ZGS) process, increasing the mechanical strength and durability of platinum alloys.

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1985

We began supplying platinum based spark plugs for ignition systems.

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1993

We launched Advanced Coating Technology. ACT™ coatings protect ceramics against corrosion, particularly in the glass industry, through a thin layer of pgm on the surface.

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1996

We invented knitting technology for gauzes. Compared to traditional woven gauzes this provides an in increased conversion efficiency of ammonia to nitric acid through better metal distribution and a greater surface contact area.

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1998

We were first able to make ultrafine wire down to a thickness of 10μm.

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