Precious metals are crucial, yet often invisible in our everyday life. They are key materials that enable consumer electronics function, found in our mobile phones and computers. Keep our air clean in automotive catalysts or support key industrial processes in industrial catalysts. Moreover, they have the unique characteristic of being infinitely recyclable.

For over 20 years, Umicore Precious Metals Refining (UPMR) is a leading market reference in the assay-based refining of complex, precious metals bearing materials. Our innovative flowsheet, vast expertise in sampling and assaying, and our rigid ethical standards guarantee proper and environmentally sound valorisation of your materials.

Precious Metals Refining is well equipped to accurately determine the composition and efficiently refine a large variety of end of life products containing precious metals. Our tailor-made team will guide you through the process. We turn the waste of yesterday into materials for tomorrow.


Electronic scrap is a highly complex and heterogeneous group of materials. We have the expertise required to correctly valorise and refine different types of precious metal bearing e-scrap. Umicore works with an assay-based settlement and typically valorises silver, gold, palladium and copper. Elements such as aluminium and iron are not valorised, and we recommend removing these fractions beforehand as much as possible. Below you may find an overview of the typical materials we work with, and the ideal lot sizes.

Materials More information Minimum required volume  
Printed circuit boards   10 tons
Cell phones and other small
IT devices without batteries
Batteries can be recycled as a seperate material by Battery Recyling Solutions 2 tons
CPU, IC, connectors   1 to 5 tons
Laptops without batteries
& screen
  10 tons  
Shredded fractions with
printed circuit boards
From mechanical pre-processing of e-scrap 25 to 100 tons
Other precious metal
bearing fractions
Please contact us to find out more