Johnson Matthey (LSE: JMAT), a global leader in science that enables cleaner air, improved health and more efficient use of natural resources, today announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with DKSH, a leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia, for the distribution of Johnson Matthey’s (JM) high-technology catalysts in Japan.

Under the agreement, DKSH’s Performance Material business unit will market and distribute JM’s extensive portfolio of biocatalysts, heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts to pharmaceutical and fine chemical companies throughout Japan. The portfolio includes JM’s range of metal scavengers – comprising macroporous polymer and irregular silica – for metal impurity removal from organic and aqueous process streams.

These optimised solutions from JM will enable customers to gain a competitive edge, through increasing efficiency, minimising waste and reducing cycle times, to deliver economically advantaged processes.

“We are delighted to partner with DKSH as it has a first-class reputation and extensive local knowledge of Japan,” commented Gerard Compagnoni, General Manager at JM. “We’re excited to deliver our world-leading catalytic technologies to the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries in this region.”

Shigeru Ishihara, Director, DKSH Performance Materials, commented: “We are very pleased to exclusively partner with Johnson Matthey in Japan. The company’s advanced catalysts will greatly benefit our long-standing customer base by improving customers’ chemistry and production processes, as well as reducing cost and production waste. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

About Johnson Matthey
Johnson Matthey is a global leader in science that enables a cleaner and healthier world. With over 200-years of sustained commitment to innovation and technological breakthroughs that improve the function, performance and safety of our customer’s products. Our science has a global impact in areas such as low emission transport, pharmaceuticals, chemical processing and making the most efficient use of the planet’s natural resources. Today more than 13,000 Johnson Matthey professionals collaborate with our network of customers and partners to make a real difference to the world around us. For more information, visit

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About DKSH
DKSH is the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia. As the term “Market Expansion Services” suggests, DKSH helps other companies and brands to grow their business in new or existing markets. Publicly listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 2012, DKSH is a global company headquartered in Zurich. With 825 business locations in 37 countries – 800 of them in Asia – and 31,970 specialized staff, DKSH generated net sales of CHF 11.0 billion in 2017. DKSH was founded in 1865. With strong Swiss heritage, the company has a long tradition of doing business in and with Asia and is deeply rooted in communities and businesses across Asia Pacific.

DKSH Business Unit Performance Materials is a leading specialty chemicals distributor and provider of Market Expansion Services for performance materials, covering Europe, North America and the whole of Asia. The Business Unit sources, develops, markets and distributes a wide range of specialty chemicals and ingredients for pharmaceutical, personal care, food & beverage as well as various industrial applications. In addition, it creates innovative and cutting-edge concepts and applications in 29 innovation centers located worldwide. With 100 business locations in 31 countries and around 1,010 specialized staff, Business Unit Performance Materials generated net sales of CHF 894.1 million in 2017.

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