Britain's Most Admired by sector: Chemicals


1 Johnson Matthey 71.0
2 Victrex 61.5
3 Croda International 52.7
4 Porvair 43.3
5 Yule Catto 42.9

Another platinum result for precious-metals specialist Johnson Matthey, almost 10 points clear of the field and third Most Admired Company overall. Its global footprint helped avert trouble, and profits for the year to March were down just 5%. High-tensile plastic specialist Victrex has come back from a 40% collapse in demand. Q3 profits at Croda International, maker of ingredients for all kinds of lubricants, are up 23% to £34.7m, thanks to stable sales and reduced costs. Filter specialist Porvair is on track after a gritty first half as its customers' sales pick up. Analysts predict full-year profits of £39m at polymer and pharma ingredients producer Yule Catto.

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