About Umicore Group

Usine FRIATEC AG à Mannheim


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recycling  A global materials technology and recycling group.

building A group of innovation and sustainability with more than 200 years’ history, based in Belgium.

 people Around 10,000 employees in 38 countries and a turnover of € 12.3 billion.

innovationUmicore loves innovation.

Dedication to clean technologies – emission control catalysts, materials for rechargeable batteries and recycling.

missionsAmbition and mission: Materials for a better life.





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recycling  Part of Umicore, Ögussa is Austria’s market leader in precious metal processing and recycling.

people Approximately 140 employees, 9 locations and more than 150 years’ history.

productivityThree business groups: Catalysis, Energy & Surface Technologies and Recycling.

precious metalsEntire precious metal cycle for a real different customer service.

missionsThe same mission: Materials for a better life.


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The history

The certifications

Our cause for Fair Precious Metals – conflict free chain of delivery

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innovationFounded in Gernamy, Friatec offers innovative solutions for industries.

buildingFrom Deutsche Steinzeug to Friedrichsfeld GmbH and finally to FRIATEC AG, the company has a history of more than 150 years.

productivityTechnologies for pipe systems, special pumps and ceramic components for laboratory, electrical and medical engineering.

leadershipA local and global market leader.

leadershipMember of the Aliaxis group, the worldwide largest producer of plastic pipe systems.


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Friatec's history and videos on the website


Key figures

(in million €, in 2017)

  • Turnover: 12,277.00 
  • Revenues (excluding metal): 2,667.50
  • Recurring EBITDA: 599

  • Recurring net profit, Group share: 343
  • R&D expenditure: 175
  • Capital expenditure: 365

  • Workforce (fully consolidated): 9,769
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Our mission

Umicore generates the majority of its revenues and dedicates most of its R&D efforts to clean technologies, such as emission control catalysts, materials for rechargeable batteries and recycling.

Umicore’s overriding goal of sustainable value creation is based on an ambition to develop, produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfils its mission: Materials for a better life.

Our vision

Innovation: Umicore's R&D efforts involve more than 900 colleagues in 20 research and technical centres worldwide, focusing on key global challenges like clean mobility and resource scarcity. Each year Umicore invests some €150 million in these initiatives.

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Sustainability: Our main contribution to a more sustainable world centers around the products and services we provide. The areas where we can make the most telling contributions are: resource scarcity, clean air, vehicle electrification and clean energy.

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