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Johnson Matthey opens new SCR catalyst plant in Shanghai

9 September 2010

Johnson Matthey held the opening ceremonies for its new Emission Control Technologies (ECT) Ltd. selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst manufacturing facility in Song Jiang Industrial Park in Shanghai, China. The plant—with approximately 20,000 m2 of manufacturing, laboratory and office space—has capacity to produce 10,000 m3 per year of plate-type SCR catalyst to control NOx emissions from high dust, coal fired power plants throughout China. Johnson Matthey has supplied more than 120,000 m3 of this type of catalyst to global power plants over the last 25 years.

Johnson Matthey has commissioned five catalyst manufacturing plants around the world in the last two years. The new plant, which will employ 100 people, is approximately two kilometers from ECT’s automobile catalyst manufacturing plant also located in Song Jiang Industrial Park in Shanghai.

Johnson Matthey is already a major supplier of SCR catalyst for NOx control in China. It has more than 15,000 MW of installed capacity at 19 power plants across the country and has supplied more than 12,000 m3 of SCR catalyst. Johnson Matthey is growing its presence in China and currently has approximately $200 million in annual sales; 600 employees; five manufacturing sites; two distribution centers; and ten sales offices in the country.

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal, much of which is used to fuel power plants which produce more than 70% of the NOx emissions in China. Although NOx emission regulations for existing power plants are not expected to be enacted until 2011, NOx control has been mandated for all new plants since 2008.

Source: Johnson Matthey