Umicore's presence in China
Umicore involves a total of 11 industrial plants, some of which are operated as joint ventures, with 7 commercial offices and 1 regional headquarters. Together these operations employ around 2,000 people.
The foundations for Umicore's presence in China were laid some 33 years ago when the company's commercial network established its first office in the country. Umicore's commercial offices market almost the entire range of Umicore's products to the Chinese market.
The first industrial partnership was started in 1995 in Shanghai. Since 1995 the company's presence has grown steadily in a number of different sectors. The industrial operations produce at present nickel and mixed metal hydroxides for rechargeable battery applications, thin film materials, cobalt powders and chemicals, fine zinc powders, germanium based materials, industrial diamond grits, contact materials, brazing alloys, automotive catalysts, and precious metal alloys and alloy solutions for jewellery and electronic industries.
Umicore Greater China (RHQ)
Unit E2, 18/F, Zao-Fong Universe Building, No 1800 West Zhongshan Road
Shanghai, 200235 P. R. China
Umicore is a materials technology group. Its activities are centred on four business areas:Advanced Materials, Precious Metals Products and Catalysts, Precious Metals Services and Zinc Specialties. Each business area is divided into market-focused business units, be it in products that are essential to everyday life or those at the cutting edge of new technological developments. Umicore focuses on application areas where it knows its expertise in materials science, chemistry and metallurgy can make a real difference.
Umicore generates approximately 50% of its revenues and spends approximately 80% of its R&amp;D budget in the area of clean technology, such as emission control catalysts, materials for rechargeable batteries and photovoltaics, fuel cells, and precious metals recycling. Umicore's overriding goal of sustainable value creation is based on this ambition to develop, produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfils its mission: materials for a better life. The Umicore Group has industrial operations on all continents and serves a global customer base; it generated a turnover of EUR 8.8 billion in 2014 and currently employs some 14,074 people.