Johnson Matthey opts out after 160 years; creates special buying opportunity

Gold and Silver investors, take note!

Now is your chance to pick up a valuable piece of history before it’s gone.

UK-based Johnson Matthey has ended its 160-year involvement in the Gold and Silver refining business with the sale of its last two major bullion-refining plants to Asahi Holdings, Inc., a reputable Japanese collector, refiner and recycler of Precious Metals.

JM 1 ozFormed in 1851, Johnson Matthey has been increasingly focused on catalysis and environmental technologies since the 1950s. Chief Executive Robert MacLeod said the company wanted to focus its chemical expertise toward technology solutions, which led to an opening for Asahi to purchase the plants for $186 million.

Both plants (Salt Lake City, Utah and Brampton, Canada) received Responsible Gold accreditation from the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and are listed on the organization’s Good Delivery List. Asahi upholds equally high standards, with its Kobe, Japan plant also listed on the LMBA’s Good Delivery List. Such standings allow Asahi products to be sold on the discerning London market.JM bar 2

Asahi has already started using the old Johnson Matthey refineries to create hand-poured products. The first edition of their American-struck products is a bar containing 100 oz of .999 fine Silver . This unique beauty is available online through APMEX.

Products with the retired Johnson Matthey logo will fetch greater and greater premiums as time goes on, so now is a good time to pick up these increasingly collectible bars. APMEX currently has the largest stock of Johnson Matthey bars in the industry, making it a convenient place to buy products that will soon be rare.