Umicore engages in the materials technology business. It operates through the following business segments: Catalysis, Energy and Surface Technologies, Recycling, and Corporate. The Catalysis segment comprises of automotive catalysts and precious metals chemistry business units. The Energy and Surface Technologies segment includes 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 group's research and Development unit. The company was founded on July 7, 1904 and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.