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Broekstraat 31 Rue du Marais

Brussels, 1000


Phone: 32 2 227 71 11

Fax: 32 2 227 79 00

Umicore SA operates as an international metals and materials company. The company conducts its operations in five business groups: Precious Metals Services, Precious Metals Products and Catalysts, Advanced Materials, Zinc and Copper. ADVANCED MATERIALS The Advanced Materials business group produces high-purity metals, alloys, compounds and engineered products for various applications and provides cobalt fine powders and compounds and germanium products. The Advanced Materials business group is divided into three business units: Engineered Metal Powders; Specialty Oxides and Chemicals; Electro-Optic Materials as well as Umicore’s interests in synthetic diamond production (in a joint venture with Element Six). The company’s advanced materials group products include Cobalt Diamond Tools, Cobalt Hard Metals, Cobalt Oxides For Batteries, Cobalt Oxides For Ceramics & Chemicals, Fine Copper Powders, Fine Nickel Powders, Germanium Chemicals, Germanium Wafers, Silicon Wafers, Infrared Materials, Lithium Metal Oxides, Nickel Salts, and Zn Products For Batteries. Advanced Materials serves different market sectors from the more traditional, such as the hard metals tooling industry, including the rechargeable battery, microelectronics, and satellite sectors. ZINC Zinc includes the Zinc Smelting, Zinc Alloys & Chemicals and Building Products business units, as well as Umicore’s share in Padaeng Industries, Ltd (Thailand). Zinc can be found in different applications, such as paint, tyres, zippers and roofing. It is downstream integrated and covers the industry’s value chain from smelting to the production of semi-finished and finished products, such as alloys, chemicals and building materials all for different applications. It has a total production capacity of approximately 600,000 tons of zinc. Umicore’s zinc business uses its smelting and recycling activities to feed the production of added value products. PRECIOUS METALS PRODUCTS AND CATALYSTS Precious Metals Products and Catalysts produces a range of complex functional materials using mainly precious metals. Its activities serve a wide range of industries including automotive, jewellery, electronics, pharmaceutical and optics. Precious Metals Products and Catalysts include the Automotive Catalysts, Thin Film Products, Jewellery & Electroplating, Precious Metals Chemistry, and Technical Materials business units. Precious Metals Products and Catalysts produce complex functional materials in chemistry, metallurgy and materials science using mainly precious metals. PRECIOUS METALS SERVICES Precious Metals Services engages in recycling complex materials containing precious metals. Its core business is to provide full-feature refining and recycling services to an international customer base. Precious Metals Services recycles and refines precious metals and other non-ferrous metals from a wide range of complex industrial intermediate materials (by-products from other non-ferrous smelting and refining operations) and precious metals-bearing scrap from electronic, photographic and catalytic applications. COPPER Copper relates to the activities of the Copper business. Umicore’s products are used in the production of copper wires, sheets and tubes. Umicore Copper is an integrated European operator with its operations covering smelting, refining, recycling and transformation to semi-finished products. copper products ranging from copper rod, where Umicore operates as a non-integrated producer to cakes, billets and more specialized products, such as oxygen-free rod in Europe. Corporate & Investments Corporate & Investments covers corporate activities, as well as some shared services, such as those provided by Umicore Marketing Services or by the Research Development & Innovation unit and also includes the Fuel Cells activity. The segment also includes Umicore’s 50% stake in Traxys, as well as non-consolidated financial investments. This segment includes shared operational functions and corporate activities, as well as the Research Development and Innovation function and the Fuel Cells venture. This segment also includes the company’s financial investments that do not report directly into one of the company’s business groups. TRAXYS: Traxys – a 50% joint venture with Arcelor involved in raw materials trading and marketing – was able to take advantage of a supportive business environment driven by Chinese and U.S. demand, especially for materials for steel mills and foundries. Fuel Cells: The fuel cells unit engages in the development and marketing of materials for proton exchange membrane fuel cell systems (PEMFC). Umicore develops the materials that form the heart of fuel cells. It offers electrocatalysts (elyst), assembled with a membrane to make a membrane electrode assembly (MEA, pMembrain), the ‘reactor’ where hydrogen reacts with oxygen to generate electricity.


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