As cars with internal combustion engines (ICE) go the way of leaded petrol and the idea of diesel as an environmental saviour, companies that supply parts for gas-guzzling vehicles have to find a way to survive. One such company is Johnson Matthey (JMAT), a specialist in precious metal sciences. It makes most of its money from its catalytic converter sales. But by current forecasts and government policies, most of its major markets for these product may have all-but-disappeared within a decade. As a result the company is changing tack to benefit from the growth of electric vehicles and the anticipated boom of the hydrogen industry, in which it is already an established player.
Short-term automaker recovery
Hydrogen exposure, established expertise
Emissions standards to boost revenues
Cost-cutting programme in place
Weak Covid-19 car industry has hit sales
Investment needed to transition from catalytic converter as main income source