23 Oct 2020

JM Unveils Plans for New Fuel Cell Component Facility in Shanghai

23 Oct 2020  by Molly Burgess   

Sustainable technologies company Johnson Matthey (JM) is expanding its fuel cell operations in China with a new £7.5m facility to manufacture critical components for customers in the region.

Marking JM’s first fuel cell component production site outside the UK, the new plant will produce around four million MEA components, a vital part of the fuel cell stack, per annum – enough to power more than 10,000 commercial vehicles and buses

The facility, together with investments to expand its facility in the UK, will increase JM’s total annual capacity to more than six million MEAs by early 2021.

JM expects the new site to be fully operational and serving customers in China and beyond by January 2021.

Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey, said, “It’s a really exciting time for fuel cells with the market predicted to grow from the low £100 millions today to low £1 billions in 2030.”

“JM has been deeply involved in technology development over many years – in fact we supplied the fuel cell components in the Apollo space missions back in 1969. But now the technology and JM’s long-term commitment are really coming to fruition.”

“I’m delighted that we have reached this important milestone at our brand new, state of the art facility in China, which will allow us to serve our customer base there even more closely with our leading technology.”

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