Umicore engages in the materials technology business. It operates through the following business segments: Catalysis, Energy & Surface Technologies, Recycling, and Corporate. The Catalysis segment is consist of automotive catalysts for gasoline and diesel light and heavy duty diesel applications, including on-road and non-on-road vehicles. The Energy and Surface Technologies segment is comprised of cobalt and specialty materials, electro-optic materials, electroplating, rechargeable battery materials and thin film products business units. The Recycling segment offers precious metals refining, jewellery and industrial metals, precious metals management, technical materials, and platinum engineer materials. The Corporate segment covers corporate activities, shared operational functions, and research, development, innovation unit of the group. The company was founded on July 7, 1904 and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.