A Brief History of Johnson Matthey and Its Impact on the Precious Metals Industry


Johnson Matthey has a rich and interesting history that spans from its humble origins as an apothecary shop to its current position as one of the most important participants in the precious metals market.

Who is Johnson Matthey?

Johnson Matthey, which was established in 1817, is a leader in the precious metals industry on a global scale. They have been producing and refining gold, silver, platinum, and palladium for more than two centuries for a variety of uses. They belong to the most renowned businesses in the sector thanks to their experience and dedication to quality. The precious metals market as we know it now has been significantly shaped by them.

Johnson Matthey Gold & Silver Refining Inc. opened its Salt Lake City gold refinery. The refinery in Salt Lake City also refines silver in addition to gold in 1983.

Johnson Matthey Gold & Silver Refining Inc.’s focus is on the following gold services:

 (1) Gold refining and scrap recycling.

(2) Gold grain for the jewellery industry.

(3) High-purity gold for the electronics industry.

(4) Gold bars.

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey paid €214 million in 2008 to acquire the catalyst-focused company Argillon. 2010 saw the opening in Skopje of a new £34 million European emission control catalyst facility by Johnson Matthey. In 2015 sale of Johnson Matthey’s gold and silver refining operation to Asahi Holdings, Inc. of Japan. It has been highlighted how the company’s focus has changed in the twenty-first century to encompass several non-PGM technologies.