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Umicore selects Poland to build new cathode-materials plant

By Mary Page Bailey |

Further to its announcement earlier this year of a first production plant to manufacture cathode materials for the European automotive market, Umicore N.V. (Brussels, Belgium; www.umicore.com) has now selected a site in Nysa, Poland, for this investment.


The plant will build upon the proprietary production technologies developed to meet the highest automotive performance and quality standards. The first phase of this investment is included in the €660-million program announced earlier this year and is due to start deliveries in late 2020.


Nysa is in the vicinity of its European customers and will give access to a skilled technical workforce as well as low-carbon electricity supply. The first phase is expected to create up to 400 jobs. The local authorities and Umicore aim to build a long-standing, mutually beneficial relationship thereby providing a stable environment for Europe’s first substantial cathode material factory.


Umicore has also decided to build a new Process Competence Center at its existing site in Olen, Belgium, where it operates one of its largest R&D centers. This investment is expected to be commissioned in late 2019 and will be employing around 20 researchers.


Marc Grynberg, CEO of Umicore, commented: “Both decisions are major milestones for Umicore and will significantly contribute to the European Union’s initiative to promulgate a leading rechargeable battery industry based on innovative technologies and a sustainable supply chain.”

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