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Excellence in recycling

Umicore Precious Metals Refining operates as one of the world's largest precious metals recycling facilities. This business unit of Umicore is the world market leader in recycling complex waste streams containing precious and other non-ferrous metals.

We offer eco-efficient recycling and refining services for precious metal bearing materials such as by-products from other non-ferrous industries (e.g. drosses, mattes, speiss, anode slimes), consumer and industrial recyclable products (e.g. electronic scrap, spent auto catalysts , spent industrial catalysts, sweeps and bullions).


We recover and sell precious metals (silver, gold, platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium), special metals (indium, selenium, tellurium), secondary metals (antimony, tin, bismuth) and base metals (lead, copper, nickel). We put them back in the cycle for a better life.

Our mission: materials for a better life

Our business: precious metals and recycling

Firmly rooted in our flexible and global business structure, we process a wide range of complex precious metals-bearing materials. We are a global leader in our field because we never cease to pinpoint the needs of our customers. We work according to your expectations by using innovative technology in the process of recovering all the precious and base metals.

Building from our competence in metallurgy, chemistry and materials science, we seek out those markets and applications that will allow us to respond with our differentiated products and services.

Our goal: we care for a sustainable future

We focus on business areas where we can attain recognized leadership positions that allow us to create value. We are committed to the growth of our business through the competence of our people, excellence in operations and technological innovation.

Our philosophy: sustainable value creation
We create value for our customers by offering them materials, products and services in a response to their specific needs. This way, we provide valuable assistance that allows them to develop their markets.

We create value for our people by providing equal opportunities for all to realize their full potential in a dynamic environment and by rewarding them based on competence and performance.

We create value for society by operating in an environmentally responsible manner and by delivering materials and services that are essential, both for everyday life as for technological progress.

We create value for our shareholders by professionally executing our strategies and thereby earning a return that consistently exceeds our cost of capital.

Our values: passion, team work and care for people

We expect integrity and trust, openness and creativity, fairness and respect from all employees. We treat everyone as such and see to it that they all treat each other as the equals that they are. We care for each other.

We work passionately in teams to realize our goals. We communicate openly and with enthusiasm. We strive to provide opportunities for learning and personal growth.

We feel responsible for each other and do not compromise on occupational health and safety.

We strive to make it so that all of our people find pride, satisfaction and fun in their work, their home-away-from-home.