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We are Umicore Bruges, get to know us!

We develop and produce "materials for a better life"

At Umicore Bruges, we have a passion for organic and metal-organic chemistry. We use our knowledge to develop and produce products under the motto "materials for a better life". We also design our processes to reduce our environmental impact.  

We are passionate about green chemistry for a sustainable future...

... In a fun, safe & flexibele work environment

... With attention for diversity and individual wellbeing 

... By creating value through innovation 
... With quality as the cornerstone of our growth

Find out how our products fit into sustainable trends!

Our portfolio of products and developments includes organic raw materials, additives and catalysts focused on key sustainable trends such as durable mobility, sustainable lifestyle, bioplastics and circular economy. This is one of our ways of contributing to Umicore's ambition to be a leader in sustainability. 

Read more about sustainability at Umicore Bruges

Want to read more about the values that Umicore has at heart?

As an international company, we believe it is essential that our employees recognize their important role in shaping our industry and the lives of consumers. That is why our values are at the heart of everything we do. They are an integral part of our success story. And they can help you be successful too!

Read the Umicore Group values here

We strive for financial and human satisfaction
with a positive contribution to society

Umicore Bruges aims to be a reliable, responsive partner & supplier to its customers by combining the talents of our people, expertise in chemistry & materials science, operational excellence, and technical innovation (process management & continuous improvement). We aim to do all these things with a thorough understanding of customer needs and applications.

We recognize that the pursuit of a healthy and growing business requires equal attention to other stakeholder factors. We therefore focus on people, our responsibility to society and our environmental impact, as well as the management of our processes, quality assurance & our organization as a whole. For us, this means carrying out our activities with excellence within a framework of outstanding process management and total quality management. In doing so, we strive for satisfied customers, human satisfaction and promising business results, together with a positive contribution to society.

The Umicore site in Bruges is a SEVESO high threshold establishment due to the presence of environmentally hazardous and flammable products on the site. This means that safety is of the utmost importance to us. Our employees are always trained to the appropriate standards and are kept up-to-date on our safety systems.

Over 100 years of experience in the chemical industry!


The foundation of Umicore Bruges

Umicore Bruges has been active since 1907 in the sales, production, tolling and distribution of various organic products and metal-organic compounds (metal carboxylates). The first production unit was built by the Van Loocke family in the Baron Ruzettelaan in the south of Bruges, known as "Corn. Van Loocke".


A major expansion

In 1985, the company moved to the industrial area on the Pathoekeweg in Bruges, where the production facilities are still located today. Since then, the production units have been greatly expanded with additional production capacity, laboratories, offices and a state-of-the-art logistics center.


Acquisition by the Umicore Group

On November 1, 2007, the shares of the company were sold to the Umicore Group and the company was renamed "Umicore Specialty Materials Bruges" (USMB). As part of the Umicore Group, USMB strives for a sustainable future with a strong focus on research and development. Today, USMB employs more than 100 persons in various integrated departments: R&D, production, logistics, sales and administration.