Transparency declaration by Fidelity Management & Research LLC : Acquisition of voting securities

Fidelity Management and Research LLC (FMR), which have the following address 82 Devonshire street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, USA has notified the CBFA and Umicore that on 18 May 2009 it has crossed the statutory threshold of 3%, holding 3.11 % of Umicore's shares and voting rights. # voting % name date threshold rights denominator voting rights Fidelity Management and 18/05/2009 > 3 % 3,726,317 120,000,000 3.11 % Research LLC The chain of control has been described as follows: "The holdings may be held by direct or indirect subsidiaries of FMR LLC." The declaration can be found on: http://www.investorrelations.umicore.com/en/shareInformation/shareholderStructure/Declarations/FMR_20090520.pdf For more information Investor relations Mr. Tim WEEKES - +32 2 227 73 98 - tim.weekes@umicore.com Mr. Geoffroy RASKIN - +32 2 227 71 47 - geoffroy.raskin@umicore.com Media relations Mr. Bart CROLS - +32 2 227 71 29 - +32 476 98 01 21 - bart.crols@umicore.com Umicore profile Umicore is a materials technology group. Its activities are centred on four business areas: Advanced Materials, Precious Metals Products and Catalysts, Precious Metals Services and Zinc Specialties. 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. Umicore focuses on application areas where it knows its expertise in materials science, chemistry and metallurgy can make a real difference. Umicore generates approximately 50% of its revenues and spends approximately 80% of its R&D budget in the area of clean technology, such as emission control catalysts, materials for rechargeable batteries and photovoltaics, fuel cells, and precious metals recycling. Umicore's overriding goal of sustainable value creation is based on this ambition to develop, produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfils its mission: materials for a better life. The Umicore Group has industrial operations on all continents and serves a global customer base; it generated a turnover of ¤ 9.2 billion (¤ 2.1 billion excluding metal) in 2008 and currently employs some 15,500 people. This announcement was originally distributed by Hugin. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.