Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells (JMFC) has established a state of the art fuel cell component manufacturing facility at Swindon in the UK. The facility has been built to give JMFC a leading position as a producer of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) to the highly demanding quality requirements of fuel cell customers.
A 40,000m2 greenfield site in Swindon was acquired in 2000 and manufacturing began during 2002. The facility, which occupies a third of the area of the site, is equipped to manufacture large volumes of automotive size MEAs per year, ready to meet the growing market demand. Full planning permissions have been obtained and infrastructure has been installed in preparation for rapid future expansion.
MEA assembly takes place in a humidity-controlled environment to enable a high degree of process control and product reproducibility.
The product range includes:
- Pre-cut substrates
- Base-layer coated substrates
- Catalyst coated substrates (catalysed electrodes)
- Catalyst coated membranes (3 layer MEA)
- 5 layer MEAs
- 7 layer MEAs incorporating edge protection
The business is ISO9001:2008 certified and quality and production procedures have been assessed in Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) validations with customers.