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Johnson Matthey invests in new South American site

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Johnson Matthey has announced that it has established a site for a new catalyst plant in Brazil. As part of Johnson Matthey Process Technologies, the factory will initially manufacture catalysts for hydrogen production. The facility is expected to start operating by the end of 2014, and will employ approximately 15 people.

This investment is an integral part of the company’s ongoing development in refinery hydrogen plant catalysis in conjunction with Petrobras, exploring options to further improve hydrogen plant efficiency, reliability and throughput.

The plant builds on the nine catalyst manufacturing plants already in existence across six countries, and complements additional capacity expansions at these sites.

Geoff Otterman, Divisional Director, commented: “For a long time we have recognised the strategic importance of Brazil and South America. This investment demonstrates our long term commitment to manufacturing in Brazil. Beyond this, it is our intention to expand our manufacturing capability here to include products such as catalysts and adsorbents for gas to liquids and gas purification”.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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