Johnson Matthey expands Macedonia plant for emission control catalysts

Johnson Matthey has officially opened a new €60 million extension to its European emission control catalyst manufacturing facility in Macedonia, the company said on Friday. 

The new plant will provide additional capacity for catalysts to meet the increase in demand from the introduction of tighter emissions legislation coming into effect from January 2014 in the EU.

The facility, which uses world class design and manufacturing equipment to produce a new generation of catalysts for both light duty and heavy duty diesel applications, was opened by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

The extended facility in Macedonia will have an additional two manufacturing lines and brings the site’s total capacity to around 10 million catalysts. The site currently employs 450 people and the extension will create an additional 200 jobs.

Johnson Matthey’s initial investment in the Macedonian facility has been a success, the company says. That combined with projected increases in catalyst demand are the main drivers for the expansion.

The new extended plant will predominantly produce SCR (selective catalyst reduction) catalysts used to reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from diesel engines.

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister and his government institutions for their continued support over the last five years," said John Walker, executive director of Johnson Matthey’s emission control technologies division. 

"Our facility here in Macedonia is seen as a benchmark of manufacturing excellence within Johnson Matthey and is recognized by our customers for its world-class manufacturing design, technology and employees," he added.

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