British company Johnson Matthey is a world-leading catalyst manufacturer for vehicle and stationary exhaust emission control and a leader in catalytic systems.
Johnson Matthey has operations in over 30 countries and employs around 12,000 people. One-third of all new cars worldwide are fitted with a Johnson Matthey autocatalyst.
The company chose Macedonia for its European mega-factory for emission control catalysts in competition with 13 other countries in the region, including the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Johnson Matthey’s plant in the Skopje 1 free zone is the single largest investment project and the most sophisticated and advanced Johnson Matthey plant in the world. The company is also considered the largest exporter in Macedonia. The investment is worth €80 million and the initial number of employees was 350.
On May 9, 2012, Johnson Matthey marked a major expansion project in Macedonia with the construction of a second plant located in the Skopje 1 free zone. This investment was worth €65 million and not only did it double production but also resulted in the creation of an additional 500 jobs. As a result of Johnson Matthey’s expansion, the total number of employees reached 878 at the start of the 2018 calendar year.