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Umicore cathode materials at the core of rechargeable Li-ion batteries
Rechargeable Li-ion batteries are everywhere in our daily life. They store energy and power our smartphones and laptops, our cordless drills, children’s hoverboards, steps or E-bikes. Not to mention the hundreds of electric car models available…
When your phone stops ringing
Old cell phones are a valuable source of raw materials. By recycling and reusing the metals from these devices, we can reduce our ecological footprint and contribute to a sustainable planet.
Umicore and the Global Battery Alliance
Umicore is one of the founding members and is actively involved in key projects of the GBA: the development of a battery passport and the development of a standard for responsible artisanal mining in the Cobalt Action Partnership (CAP).
EcoVadis 2020: Umicore receives Platinum supplier rating for Corporate Social Responsibility
To be a preferred sustainable supplier, Umicore works directly with customers to meet their environmental requirements. Our success is measured in our ability to provide environmental and ethical sourcing benefits in view of scarce raw materials…
Umicore realizes breakthrough in the development of Germanium wafers for VCSELs
Umicore Electro-Optic Materials (EOM), the leading global supplier of Germanium products and materials solutions, announces the successful development of 6” Germanium wafers for Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers in collaboration with leading…
Update November 2020
Notwithstanding the devastating impact of the pandemic, Umicore is on track to post a solid performance in 2020, which demonstrates once more the resilience of our business model as well as the commitment and agility of Umicore’s 11,000 employees.
Sustainability at Umicore
Umicore plays a key role in the transition to a cleaner and more resilient future, fulfilling our vision of “Materials for a better life”.
Umicore and Prysmian Group committed to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of germanium for optical fibre
Renewed partnership for the use of 100% sustainable, low environmental impact germanium in the production of optical fibre.
A blue sky starts with a blue ocean
With over 9000 large ships traveling the world, the air pollution caused by them is a major global concern. Air pollution from ships contributes to the overall air quality problems encountered by people worldwide and also affects the natural…
Gold recycling at Umicore as part of a sustainable circular economy
The main popular image of gold is as a safe haven for investment but its use in products and technology is determined by its unique physical and chemical properties, as is the case for other precious metals. The intrinsic value of gold in the eyes…