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Annual report 2017

Annual report 2017

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CEO & Chairman's review

Marc Grynberg and Thomas Leysen look back on 2017 and evaluate the outlook for Umicore.

As a materials technology and recycling group, we develop products and processes that are essential to address key societal challenges such as the need for cleaner mobility and the growing scarcity of raw materials. Our drive to be a leader in sustainability is not just about minimizing the impact of our industrial operations. Our aim is to have a positive impact on society at large.

In 2017, we made significant strides towards the ambitious targets that we had set ourselves as part of the Horizon 2020 strategy. We accelerated growth investments in rechargeable battery materials, simplified the portfolio of activities and made further progress in terms of environmental performance and sustainable supply. All of that while achieving record results.

Looking forward, Umicore will be stepping up growth investments and research & development efforts to strengthen its market positions and amplify the revenues and profit growth.

CEO & Chairman's review

Umicore set a record performance in 2017 reaching the value creation level that we set ourselves as a long-term goal and bringing more balance to our portfolio of activities.

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