Johnson Matthey opens battery centre near Oxford


The British chemical company Johnson Matthey has opened a “Battery Technology Centre” near the English city of Oxford, which is to play a key role in the development of battery materials of the future. The new battery technology centre expands existing battery technology and testing capacities.

Johnson Matthey intends to use the new centre to accelerate the further development of its nickel-rich eLNO cathode materials and their adaptation for battery vehicle applications.

“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,” said Robert MacLeod, chief executive of Johnson Matthey. “It has a dedicated, on site product development team which will enable more rapid customisation our eLNO cathode materials to meet our customers’ needs,” Christian Günther, Chief Executive, Battery Materials, commented at the opening. And Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng also had his say: “This centre has a vital role to play in our plans to drive forward new, cost-effective technology that will make adopting electric vehicles more convenient for motorists as we transition away from diesel and petrol cars.”

It was only in mid-April that the British chemical company announced the construction of a new factory for the production of its nickel-rich eLNO cathode materials. This will be built in Finland as part of a strategic partnership with Finnish Minerals Group (FMG). Construction of the new plant, which will be designed for an annual output of 30,000 tonnes of cathode material, is scheduled to begin this year. An agreement with Stena Recycling followed shortly afterwards. The aim of this cooperation is to develop an efficient value chain in Europe for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries and battery cell materials.

This was followed by the opening of a new battery technology centre, which is expected to play a key role in the development of battery materials of the future. At the opening, Johnson Matthey also announced that the company aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2040. The production of eLNO materials, on the other hand, is to be climate-neutral by 2035.


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