July 9, 2008

Sustaining Both Development and Communities

Johnson Matthey is committed to sustainable development, through the products and services it offers, through the way it operates as a business, and through engagement with the communities in which it operates. The products and services of the Process Technologies Division based on Teesside make a significant contribution to the effectiveness and efficiency of customers' plants and operations. This means reduced unwanted emissions and the removal of undesired impurities from hydrocarbon streams.

Johnson Matthey's Process Technologies Division is based on science and technology. It requires and employs people with chemistry and engineering qualifications to undertake core activities of research, development and sales of products and services to the world's major energy companies. The business engages with local schools, universities and education programmes from primary level to doctoral degree level. Developing scientists and engineers is crucial to the future of the business, the industry and the communities in which it operates.

Investment in research and development, for innovation, for product and service improvement, and for improved manufacturing operations are important to business growth. Increasingly there are demands to reduce energy and resource use. Improvements in these areas will bring sustainability benefits, together with cost benefits at a time of increasing raw material and energy prices. Johnson Matthey operates to the highest international environment, health and safety (EHS) standards in all its locations around the world. Employees can feel safe at work, and high performance levels in these areas also bring process improvement benefits and waste reduction.

Engaging with local communities is a key plank of sustainable development. While it is very important to reduce the carbon footprint of operations through a variety of responses, sustaining communities is very important too. This is particularly true for the Tees Valley and the North East of England. In the North East it is important that the Region's economy is sustained and in particular that the Process Chemical Industry is sustained. The Process Chemical Industry is maintaining, and making a significant contribution to the local and national economy. Sustaining a suitable skills base is essential to sustaining the Process Chemical Industry.

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