Materials Science

Johnson Matthey to build battery materials plant in UK

Johnson Matthey, the global leader in science that makes the world cleaner and healthier, announces that it is building a demonstration scale plant in Clitheroe, UK to manufacture next generation battery materials to power electric vehicles.

The new, multi-million pound plant will have a capacity of 1,000 tonnes per annum and will be used to provide sample quantities of our market leading eLNO battery material to our global customers.

The demonstration plant is an important step in the commercialisation of eLNO to support the qualification process with our customers and enable JM to build its market presence in next generation battery materials.

JM has used its breadth of scientific expertise to rapidly develop eLNO and this new product is already generating extremely positive feedback from customers during testing.  It is designed to enable large scale adoption of pure battery electric vehicles with greater range and lifetime. 

JM has chosen its existing site at Clitheroe to locate the new plant.  Nickel is a key component of eLNO and our Clitheroe operations have extensive experience in the scale up and manufacture of nickel-containing products.

Commenting on the investment, Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey said: “This investment is an exciting step in the commercialisation of our eLNO technology and our strategy to deliver break out growth in battery materials. The demonstration plant at Clitheroe will enable us to support customers’ development programmes and build our market presence. JM already makes a significant contribution to cleaner air around the world; we’re now applying our world class science to next generation battery materials, enabling the journey to pollution-free roads.”

Work is also underway on the design of JM’s first full scale commercial manufacturing plant for eLNO.  This will be located in mainland Europe and is due to start production in 2021/22.