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Firm celebrates 200th year of inspiring science

Some of the 20 employees from Johnson Matthey who visited the London Stock Exchange as part of the firm's 200th birthday celebrations.
Some of the 20 employees from Johnson Matthey who visited the London Stock Exchange as part of the firm's 200th birthday celebrations.
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Employees from Johnson Matthey’s UK operations, including its Clitheroe site, joined Robert MacLeod, chief executive, as he opened the market at the London Stock Exchange on the first day of the firm’s 200th year of operation.

Julie Bennett, head of human resources for operations within the Process Technologies Division, who has spent all of her career up to 12 months ago based at the Clitheroe Site, said attending the ceremony was a real honour.

In 2011 the tradition of ringing the bell to open the market ceased and was replaced with a digital show.

This was observed earlier this month by the employees including Julie before they were subsequently presented with a plaque which marks the opening of the market. The record book of those in attendance was then signed before the employees enjoyed a tour of the stock exchange building.

To mark the anniversary, throughout the year, several celebratory events are being held at the firm’s sites across the globe. Employees at the Clitheroe site are planning to join in the birthday celebrations with a number of activities on July 19th, the 200th day of 2017, and throughout the year.

Johnson Matthey is a global leader in science. It has operations on all continents and more than 90% of the company’s sales come from technologies that have an explicit environmental, health or sustainability benefit. Its science enables the global automotive, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries and its business constantly evolves and innovates to meet the changing needs of these industries.

Today, one third of all new cars on the planet are fitted with catalysts manufactured by Johnson Matthey, dramatically reducing vehicle emissions worldwide. At the same time, the company is applying its expertise to create vital products for the pharmaceutical and medical industries.