Umicore is a global materials technology and recycling group, with approximately 10400 employees, and a turnover of €13.7 billion in 2018. It focuses on application areas where its expertise in materials science, chemistry and metallurgy makes a real difference. Its activities are organised in three business groups: catalysis, energy & surface technologies and recycling. Each business group is divided into market-focused business units offering materials, chemicals 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 mobility materials 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 fulfils its mission: materials for a better life.
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