Vice Lord Lieutenant presents Johnson Matthey with two prestigious Queen’s Awards


Johnson Matthey’s Emission Control Technologies business celebrated winning two prestigious Queen’s Awards at a ceremony yesterday (Thursday) at its HQ in Royston.

The Vice Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Reverend Teddy Faure-Walker, presented both to the Managing Director of Emission Control Technologies European Region, Dr David Prest, and Johnson Matthey’s Chief Scientist, Dr Martyn Twigg. The event was also attended by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Janie Wentworth-Stanley, the Mayor of Royston, Councillor Rod Kennedy, representatives of local, district and county councils, local businesses and academics.

Johnson Matthey’s Compact Soot Filter for light diesel engines has been recognised in both the International Trade and Innovation categories of this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. The company’s global emissions control technology business is extremely proud to have been honoured with these awards - the most highly regarded corporate accolade that any UK business can win - and today’s event was held to thank its employees for their contribution to this award winning technology.

Diesel engines are fuel-efficient and produce less carbon dioxide than petrol engines. However, they emit soot particles in their exhaust that have been linked to serious health problems. The Johnson Matthey Compact Soot Filter controls this harmful soot as well as hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions from diesel cars. Over three million of these products have now been exported for use on cars all over Europe ahead of impending EU legislation.

Commenting on this achievement Neil Carson, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey, said: “All of us at Johnson Matthey are delighted to have been awarded Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in both the International Trade and Innovation categories this year. This celebration was held to recognise and thank our employees for all their hard work; it is due to their sheer dedication that the Compact Soot Filter is such a success.”

Photograph caption:
(Presentation Group - left to right) Dr Martyn Twigg - Chief Scientist (holding Innovation award), Larry Pentz - Executive Director Environmental Technologies, Councillor Rod Kennedy - Royston Town Mayor, Rev Teddy Faure Walker - Vice Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Janie Wentworth-Stanley - High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Neil Carson - Chief Executive Officer, Dr David Prest - Managing Director Emission Control Technologies European Region (holding International Trade award), Kathleen Kennedy - Royston Town Mayoress

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