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38 INDUSTRY TODAY
PROFILE • VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA
UMICORE
Umicore Clears the Air for Automakers Around the World
Umicore, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, is one of the world’s largest developers and manufacturers of automotive
catalysts for meeting the most stringent emission regulations for light- and heavy-duty vehicles. Technological innovation
is at the heart of Umicore’s efforts to produce automotive catalysts designed to adapt to and leverage increasingly sophis-
ticated engine technologies as well as emissions regulations that grow ever more demanding worldwide.
A prime example is Umicore’s development of one of the most advanced catalyst systems for the Volkswagen Jetta diesel
engine in North America. Technological innovation has driven Umicore’s longstanding relationship with the Volkswagen
Group, the success of which was underscored by Volkswagen’s naming Umicore Autocat USA its North American Supplier
of the Year for two consecutive years (2009 and 2010).
Umicore is a materials technology group. Its activities are centered on four business areas: Catalysis, Energy Materials,
Performance Materials and Recycling. Each business area is divided into market-focused business units, be it in products
that are essential to everyday life or those at the cutting edge of new technological developments.