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Spent Automotive Catalysts

Catalytic converters play a key role in reducing harmful emissions and contain valuable Platinum Group Materials such as platinum, palladium and rhodium. We have the expertise and knowhow to carefully determine and extract these metals from end of life metal and ceramic catalysts. Once recycled, these metals can be used to produce new catalytic converters for next generation vehicles, hence closing the materials loop.

Quality is at the core of our refining services for spent automotive catalysts. We utilize advanced analytical techniques and rigorous quality control measures to ensure accurate assessments of Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium content. Our state-of-the-art sampling and laboratory facilities, staffed by experienced professionals, deliver precise results you can rely on. Rest assured that with Umicore Precious Metals Refining, you are receiving the highest standards of quality and integrity throughout the refining process of your spent catalytic convertors.

By recycling end of life catalytic converters, we do not only ensure these materials are not landfilled, but also diminish the need for virgin PGM’s. We prioritize environmental sustainability and adhere to strict regulations and industry standards. Our recycling processes are designed to minimize the environmental impact of car catalysts, ensuring that valuable resources are recovered and hazardous materials are handled safely. 

Umicore refines both metallic and ceramic based catalysts, including silica carbide based diesel particulate filters. Below you may find an overview of the different types and ideal lot sizes.

Material More information Recommended minimum volume  
Ceramic catalysts Full catalytic converters, broken honeycomb & milled ceramics (<1 mm) 1500 kg ceramics equivalent,
1500 units
Spent ceramic car catalyst convertor recycling
Metallic catalysts Full catalytic converters & washcoat 1000 kg or 350 converters Spent metallic automotive catalytic convertor recycling
Other Heavy duty spent catalysts to be

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