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Our activities

Our activities are centred on four business groups. Each business group is composed of market-focused business units offering materials and solutions that are at the cutting edge of new technological developments and essential to everyday life.


Catalysis plays a significant role in the abatement of global automotive emissions. Umicore provides automotive catalysts for gasoline and diesel light duty vehicles as well as for heavy duty diesel applications including trucks and other large vehicles. The business group also produces precious metals based compounds for use in the fine chemicals, life science and pharmaceutical industries. The business is organized in two business units: Automotive Catalysts and Precious Metals Chemistry.

Energy Materials

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. The majority of the products are high-purity metals, alloys, compounds and engineered products based on cobalt, germanium, nickel and indium. The business group is composed of four business units - Cobalt and Specialty Materials, Electro-Optic Materials, Rechargeable Battery Materials and Thin Film Products.

Performance Materials

Performance Materials applies its technology and know-how to the unique properties of precious and other metals, offering materials enabling its customers to develop better, more sophisticated and safer products. Its zinc products are renowned for their protective properties while its precious metals-based compounds and materials are essential for applications as diverse as high-tech glass production, electrics and electronics. Performance Materials is organized around five business units: Zinc Chemicals, Electroplating, Platinum Engineered Materials, Technical Materials and Building Products.


Recycling treats complex waste streams containing precious and other non-ferrous metals. The operations can recover some 20 of these metals from a wide range of input materials ranging from industrial residues to end-of-life materials. Recycling is unique in the range of materials it is able to recycle and the flexibility of its operations. The business group is organized in four business units: Precious Metals Refining, Battery Recycling, Jewellery & Industrial Metals and Precious Metals Management.