Drawing on expertise in catalysis and materials science, Johnson Matthey develops and manufactures a wide range of high technology products, many of which provide environmental and quality of life benefits. The company has five global divisions each focused on the development of high value added, high technology products and services; Emission Control Technologies, Process Technologies; Precious Metal Products; Fine Chemicals; and New Businesses.
A corporate acquisition galvanised an already burgeoning interest in Britest when Johnson Matthey acquired ICI's catalysts business (a Britest founder member) in 2002, Macfarlan Smith, now part of Johnson Matthey Fine Chemicals were also involved in the original BRITEST research project. Since that time Johnson Matthey have been active members engaging in numerous projects as part of Britest's Innovation Programme, and in the FP7 collaborative project SYNFLOW (Innovative Synthesis in Continuous-Flow Processes for Sustainable Chemical Production).
Typically Johnson Matthey uses Britest tools to develop existing process options and scale-up plans, but widespread work over the years has demonstrated the flexibility of the approach to deal with everything from complex multiple step separations to process definition for Capex estimation, and process intensification. Overall, Britest tools act as a focus for Johnson Matthey to bring together different disciplines and business locations in collaborative programmes.