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£400 million awarded to Johnson Matthey for hydrogen technology research

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7 April 2022

The government has underwritten a £400 million loan to boost research and development in sustainable technologies.

The loan will be given to Johnson Matthey (JM), which is a world-leading multinational company specialising in sustainable technologies ranging from metal recycling to green hydrogen. The financing is being provided by HSBC, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Bank of America, with the government backing it via UK Export Finance.

JM will be investing in the latest research and development into sustainable technologies across the globe. This will support high-skilled jobs at home, with the company employing thousands of people in green jobs across the UK in Swindon, where high performance fuel cell components including membrane electrode assemblies, catalyst coated membranes, and fuel processor catalysts are produced at scale, Hertfordshire, Lancashire and London.

International Trade Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said: "Investments in Hydrogen technologies will blast domestic energy production higher than ever - securing the future supply of cleaner energy at home and helping us to export abroad. This will make for a healthier, wealthier future for the UK while protecting the planet."

JM is a global leader in producing sustainable chemicals and technologies such as hydrogen that could power homes, transport and industries worldwide. The company has strong green credentials and 95% of its sales and R&D spend will contribute to sustainable projects by 2030.

In its agreement with HSBC, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Bank of America, JM has committed to a reduction in its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to decarbonise its energy procurement, with progress against its GHG reduction goals to be independently monitored by a third party.

Stephen Oxley, Chief Financial Officer at Johnson Matthey, said: "The announcement today demonstrates the strength of JM’s commitment to sustainability goals and targets announced last year. The loans will help support the significant investment we are making to help create a cleaner, healthier world."

 


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Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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