Umicore is a global materials technology group. It focuses on application areas where its expertise in materials science, chemistry and metallurgy makes a real difference. Its activities are centered on four business areas: Catalysis, Energy Materials, Performance Materials and Recycling. Each business area is divided into market focused business units offering materials and solutions that are at the cutting edge of new technological developments and essential to everyday life.
Umicore generates the majority of its revenues and dedicates most of its R&D efforts to clean technologies, such as emission control catalysts, materials for rechargeable batteries and photovoltaics, fuel cells, and recycling.
Umicore’s overriding goal of sustainable value creation is based on an ambition to develop, produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfills its mission: materials for a better life.
The Umicore Group has industrial operations on all continents and serves a global customer base; it generated a turnover of € 14.5 billion (€ 2.3 billion excluding metal) in 2011 and currently employs some 14,600 people.
Catalysis plays a significant role in the abatement of global automotive emissions through its automotive catalysts products. The business group also produces precious metals based compounds for use in the fine chemicals, life science and pharmaceutical industries.
The materials produced by Energy Materials can be found in a number of applications used in the production and storage of clean energy including rechargeable batteries and photovoltaics, as well as in a range of other applications.
Performance Materials applies its technology and know-how to the unique properties of precious and other metals. Its products can be found in applications as diverse as construction, pharmaceuticals, high-tech glass production, electrics and electronics.
Recycling treats complex waste streams containing precious and other non-ferrous metals. The operations can recover some 20 precious and other non-ferrous metals from a wide range of input materials ranging from industrial residues to end-of-life materials.