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Imperial Smelting and Refining gets name change

Imperial Smelting and Refining Company of Canada in Markham, Ont., will now be known as Umicore Precious Metals Canada Inc.

“While we change the name, we do not want to change our commitment to our customers,” said managing director, Thomas Jansseune. “It is that commitment that has helped Imperial to be successful in jewellery and industrial applications for almost 100 years now. Imperial’s motto ‘precious relationships, imperial service’ will remain our guiding star. Having said that, I am very grateful to all the customers who have been giving us advice on what we can improve.”

Jansseune says the name change—which is effective June 18—is aimed at emphasizing Imperial’s integration into Umicore’s jewellery and industrial metals business unit, a subgroup of its recycling operations. The U.S. subsidiary changed its name to Umicore Precious Metals USA Inc., a few years ago.

Based in Belgium, Umicore is a global materials technology group focusing on catalysis, energy materials, performance materials, and recycling. Its motto—’closing the loop’—emphasizes its commitment to environmental responsibility.

In February, Umicore made the ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies’ list. The ranking is based on key performance indicators, such as capacity to innovate, diversity, and productivity related to a set of environmental factors. And in March, it was named one of ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ by EthiSphere. Dedicated to the creation and sharing of best practices in business ethics and corporate social responsibility, EthiSphere recognizes companies that “not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they exceed legal compliance minimums and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices today.”

Imperial’s name coincides with a redesigned website—

For more on Umicore Precious Metals Canada, see the February 2012 issue of Jewellery Business.

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