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In November, our colleague from the Cobalt & Specialty Materials site in Bruges, Jens Le Comte, won the Prebes Award for his thesis to obtain his degree for "Prevention Advisor Level 3".
Electromobility myth #4
Limited drive range, lack of charging infrastructure and long charging times dampen enthusiasm for electric vehicle (EVs). However, in all these areas significant improvements are expected in the coming years.
Umicore receives 2020 Sustainability Award from Axis Communications
Axis Communications has awarded Umicore its 2020 Sustainability Award. This is the result of a successful longterm cooperation and ambitious shared sustainability goals.
Umicore upgrades 2020 guidance
Umicore upgrades its 2020 guidance and now expects adjusted EBIT to be in the region of € 530 million for the full year. This compares with the previous expectation of € 465 million to € 490 million communicated on 2 November 2020 and reflects a…
Made in EU Batteries: moving towards a sustainable and responsible European battery value chain
A renewed European battery legislation has been proposed with the aim of moving towards a sustainable and responsible European battery value chain. Other initiatives with the same objective are in place, such as the European Battery Alliance and…
Umicore’s response to the article and documentary published by the RTBF about radioactive waste in Belgium
Following the report broadcast by RTBF on 9 December about radioactive waste management in Belgium, Umicore wishes to correct the data that was presented in an erroneous or misleading manner during the broadcast.
Storage of historical radioactive waste in Olen well controlled
On December 9th 2020, Belgian TV station RTBF published an article that refers to a documentary the same day on elevated radioactivity levels as measured by Greenpeace at the Umicore site in Olen. Although the RTBF article suggests otherwise,…
Electromobility myth #3
Between now and 2030 it is expected that the automotive industry will produce over 340 million electric vehicles (EVs) of all types, including hybrids – from two-wheelers and passenger cars to trucks and buses. This will boost demand for battery…
Electromobility myth #2
Clearly, a growing electric vehicle (EV) fleet will increase the electricity demand on power systems. But the total energy and peak power needed will not pose a problem, thanks to the adoption of smart grids and progressively increasing electricity…
Electromobility myth #1
The total footprint of an e-car is smaller than an internal combustion engine vehicle today and will get even better.
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…