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Johnson Matthey Opens New Emissions Control Catalyst Plant

Posted on August 18, 2009

Johnson Matthey will hold a grand opening on Friday, August. 21, 2009 of its new emissions control catalyst manufacturing plant near Smithfield in southwestern Pennsylvania, USA. The company also purchased 17.5 additional acres in early 2009 to accommodate future expansion. Currently, the plant has 40 new employees engaging in plant commissioning and production activities. Johnson Matthey is expected to increase the number of employees over a three year period creating a total of 110 advanced manufacturing jobs at this site. The facility is dedicated to making selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts for the North American diesel market, in preparation for stricter U.S. on road heavy duty diesel emissions standards going into effect on January 1, 2010 to control emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx).

Marty Lassen, Johnson Matthey’s Director of Commercial Development and Marketing, said, “In addition, to the on road heavy duty diesel market, other factors will help drive North American demand for SCR catalysts in the coming years. These include existing Tier 2 emission standards for light duty vehicles and non road heavy duty diesel emission standards (which phase in between 2011 and 2014) that will require non road mobile equipment such as construction and agricultural machinery to reduce particulate matter (PM) and NOx.” Smithfield Plant Manager Corbin Kearns reported that rapid progress has been made over the past year on the construction of the new facility and a testing and commissioning program is currently underway for installed equipment. “Recruitment and training of staff for the plant startup is ongoing. To date we have been able to compliment the initially formed management team with a strong group of well qualified, local recruits.”

Johnson Matthey’s SCR systems use specialized catalysts to reduce NOx emissions from diesel exhaust using Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), a 32.5% urea solution, that is injected into the exhaust stream upstream of the SCR catalysts.

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