Catering for the growing need for advanced materials to help tackle societal challenges
Advanced materials are and have always been, vital to human progress. Coupled with technological know-how, they enable more scalable, more efficient and more sustainable solutions to tackle the societal challenges of today and tomorrow. Think space exploration, connectivity, new energy, electronics appliances, life science …
To build the future we all want and given the fact that our natural resources are becoming increasingly depleted, we are working at full speed to develop the next generation of sustainable advanced materials:
Our germanium-based solutions power satellites and space exploration, they enable high-tech face recognition systems, and autonomous vehicle sensing;
Our precious metals-based coatings enhance the economic efficiencies of semiconductors, and our precious metals chemistries are crucial in pharma and increasingly important in the agro-industry;
- Our cobalt and nickel specialty chemicals are present at every step in the value chain for a wide range of applications. From paint, tires, cutting tools to industrial catalysts;
We see value where others see waste
As a leader in circularity, we use the most sophisticated, eco-efficient recycling processes available to treat not just our own production scrap but industrial waste, by-products from other non-ferrous industries and just about any product that has reached end-of-life.
We close the loop and recover over 20 different precious and other critical metals, drastically reducing our customers’ ecological footprint and giving them a competitive edge.
Your waste, our specialty
Why work with us?
We combine our broad know-how in chemistry, material science and metallurgy to transform metals into high-tech custom-made, fully recyclable materials. Our eco-efficient recycling facilities offer the highest metal yields and comply with world-class quality standards. Whether it’s industrial waste or a by-product from non-ferrous industries: if it can be recycled, we recycle it.
A sustainability champion in the industry, we make it a priority to offer sustainable solutions and secure a sustainable value chain meeting the highest ethical, quality and regulatory standards. Our sustainability commitment is very straightforward: together, we go for zero.
Umicore 2030 RISE
With our 2030 strategy, we are embarking on a new phase in Umicore’s journey to become a leading circular materials technology company. A company built on profitable and sustainable growth, creating tangible value for all of its stakeholders.
Our Precious Metals Refining activity operates the largest and most complex precious metals recycling facility in the world.