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Annual report 2017

Annual report 2017

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Global trends

We want to make a difference. So our business model and Horizon 2020 strategy are focused on some of the world's most pressing issues.

Clean air

While regulation has gradually led to reduced air pollution over the past 30 years, many opportunities remain for further emissions reduction given the major challenges to human health from poor air quality.

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WHAT IS UMICORE’S CONTRIBUTION?

We are one of the world's leading producers of catalysts and catalytic filters used in emission abatement systems for light and heavy-duty vehicles, on road and off-road.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals

Vehicle electrification

The transport sector is responsible for over 14% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Electrified mobility will play a key role in reducing both CO2 and NOx emissions, improving air quality and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

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WHAT IS UMICORE’S CONTRIBUTION?

Umicore is one of the world’s leading producers of cathode materials for lithium ion batteries.

Cathode materials are key in determining the power and energy density of rechargeable batteries, and hence the maximum driving distance in the case of electrified vehicles.

Our nickel-manganesecobalt (NMC) cathode materials are a reference in the industry.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals

Resource scarcity

Trends such as continued population growth, urbanization and more affluent lifestyles are driving ever-higher demand for resources. This poses the question – how will we meet future demand?

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WHAT IS UMICORE’S CONTRIBUTION?

Our facility in Hoboken is the world’s largest and most complex precious metals recycling operation, processing over 200 types of raw material and recovering over 20 different metals. 

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals