Clitheroe firm stars in ‘Make it in Great Britain’ exhibition

Business Minister Mark Prisk with Sally Jones at the Johnson Matthey standat the 'Make it in Great Britain' exhibition.
Business Minister Mark Prisk with Sally Jones at the Johnson Matthey standat the 'Make it in Great Britain' exhibition.

JOHNSON Matthey is taking a starring role in the “Make it in Great Britain” exhibition which runs at the Science Museum until September 9th.

Opened by Governments Business Secretary Vince Cable and Business Minister Mark Prisk, the exhibition will demonstrate the very best of British manufacturing.

Johnson Matthey, which has manufacturing operations in Clitheroe, beat off competition from hundreds of UK companies to earn a place at the exhibition, which aims to dispel the myth “Britain doesn’t make anything any more” and to educate visitors about the value of manufacturing to the UK economy.

The exhibition is the culmination of the Make it in Great Britain campaign; an initiative launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills last year. It aims to challenge outdated opinions of the UK manufacturing industry, which is worth £137bn to the UK economy each year and employs 2.5 million people.

Johnson Matthey is a global speciality chemicals company and 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. One of the company’s principal activities is the manufacture of autocatalysts, used to control pollutant emissions from cars.

The Johnson Matthey exhibit walks visitors through the clever chemistry used to produce autocatalysts and the environmental benefits they deliver for our planet. It includes informative videos, graphics, text, props and even a video game that challenges visitors to mix the perfect catalyst coating and help reduce emissions from a car.

Neil Carson, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey, said: “After months of planning, it’s fantastic to see our exhibit representing the British manufacturing industry in the Science Museum alongside other companies from a wide range of sectors.

“We’re passionate about UK manufacturing, and can’t wait to show people what a vibrant industry it really is and what an interesting and rewarding career it can offer.”

Business Minister Mark Prisk commented: “The future of manufacturing in the UK is bright. The Make it in Great Britain exhibition showcases a mix of forward-thinking businesses from a range of sectors including aerospace, automotive and food and drink, which will give the public a real flavour of what modern manufacturing is all about, and demonstrate first-hand the exciting and rewarding career opportunities available today.”