The official opening of the state-of-the-art Battery Technology Centre near Oxford, UK, was performed by the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Johnson Matthey believes the new centre will enable them to drive rapid improvements in battery performance for customers and sustainable, secure value chains, aligned with its vision for a cleaner, healthier world.
Decarbonising transportation is a critical step in helping societies and industries meet their ambitious net zero-emission targets. Battery electric vehicles are central to realising a net-zero future. As a leader in sustainable technologies, Johnson Matthey claims its portfolio of high-performance battery materials will enable electric cars to have a greater range and recharge faster.
Christian Günther, Chief Executive, Battery Materials, said: “We’re thrilled to open our Battery Technology Centre. It has a dedicated, on-site product development team which will enable more rapid customisation of our eLNO® cathode materials to meet our customers’ needs. It also boasts advanced material characterisation and diagnostic equipment that enable both engineerings on an atomic level and evaluation under realistic conditions. This new Battery Technology Centre is a big step forward in delivering eLNO to the market”.
The new Battery Technology Centre in Oxford will play a key role in developing battery materials of the future for JM. It enhances JM’s existing battery technology capabilities and testing capacity, accelerating the further development and customisation of its eLNO® materials for battery electric vehicle applications. Amidst the ongoing debate about the carbon intensity of battery production, JM is announcing that the production* of eLNO® will be carbon neutral by 2035.
Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive, commented, “This new facility represents an important milestone on our journey towards developing a sustainable battery materials ecosystem and emphasises the progress we are making on the commercialisation of our battery materials business. Johnson Matthey has a growing range of solutions to help society decarbonise at scale, and at the same time we are doing our bit by driving our own operations and supply chains to achieve net-zero by 2040”.
At the same time, Johnson Matthey announced a commitment to be net-zero by 2040, having also signed the Business Ambition for 1.5C campaign, which gives JM automatic membership to the UNFCCC’s “Race to Zero” campaign ahead of COP26.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said, “As Business Secretary, it is a personal commitment of mine to ensure the UK continues to be one of the best locations in the world for automotive manufacturing. In order to protect and create jobs in our industrial heartlands, while securing a competitive future for the auto sector and supply chain, we need to throw our weight behind battery innovation and commercialisation to support the sector’s transition to a clean, green future”.
Johnson Matthey is a global leader in science with impact in areas such as low emission transport, pharmaceuticals, chemical processing and making the most efficient use of the planet’s natural resources. More than 15,000 Johnson Matthey professionals collaborate with a network of customers and partners.
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* Cradle-to-gate product carbon footprint.