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Case stories

Hoboken expands to meet market needs

Economic review

In 2014 the green light was obtained for a €100 million investment in the Precious Metals Refining plant in Hoboken, Belgium. It will increase the refining and recycling capacity from 350,000 to around 500,000 tonnes a year.

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Listening to our people

Great place to work

The Umicore 2014 people survey gave employees the opportunity to give their opinions on several important topics associated with their work and Umicore.

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Making Umicore a safe workplace

Great place to work

Umicore has invested considerably over the years to improve occupational safety and reduce the number of lost-time accidents – and such efforts are continuing.

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Sustainability under the microscope


The product sustainability objectives of Umicore include investing in tools to better understand and measure the lifecycle and impacts of our products.

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Powered by Umicore

Stakeholder engagement

The Powered by Umicore programme was launched in 2013 to support engineering students working on clean mobility projects. Two new teams, from Belgium and Germany, joined this year’s programme.

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A first footprint in Poland


Umicore is constructing a new production facility in Poland for emission control catalysts used in cars and trucks.

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Growing globally

Energy Materials

Cobalt & Specialty Materials has made further acquisitions to strengthen its global business and complement its organic growth investments.

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Expansion in China

Performance Materials

Jiangmen is the site of a new JV that Umicore has set up with the Chinese company Jiangmen ChangXin Technology (JCX) for its electroplating business.

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Strong in silver


Umicore is one of the world’s largest silver refiners, with an array of innovative and environmentally-friendly refining technologies, an extensive product portfolio, and comprehensive supply services.

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