About Argor-Heraeus

About Argor-Heraeus

Argor-Heraeus at a glance

We are the Golden Link for our clients’ precious metals

Products and services

We provide what we call "precious solutions": highly customized solutions based on each client’s needs.

Refining of gold, silver, platinum and palladium
Bars and coins
Products for the electronics and chemical industries
Semi-finished products and solutions for the high-end watchmaking and jewellery industry
Services for the physical trading of precious metals
Metals processed

We scrupulously check the traceability of the metals we process – gold, silver, platinum, and palladium – which are usually:

Raw material from large and small mines
Good Delivery material, already high-quality

In our industry, clients are very often suppliers. During the entire process, our clients – located in over 50 countries, retain ownership of the metal:

Companies in the high-end watchmaking and jewellery industry
Annual production capacity

With a scalable and flexible production capacity, we offer our clients products and services based on their quantitative and qualitative needs.

Gold refining: 1'400 tonnes
Silver refining: 1'300 tonnes
Smelted bars: up to 6 million pieces
Minted bars: up to 3 million pieces
Semi-finished products: 120 tonnes of alloys


For over 70 years, a precious alliance that unites tradition and innovation

Argor SA is founded
in Chiasso, Switzerland.
Argor-Heraeus, Switzerland
Our headquarters, where we do most of our processing.
Refining and assaying of precious metals
Production of cast and minted bars
Products for watchmaking and jewellery, electronics and chemical industries
Services to support physical trading of precious metals
UBS acquires
100% of the company.
UBS and Heraeus form a joint venture
and create Argor-Heraeus SA.
Argor-Heraeus moves
to Mendrisio, Switzerland.
Heraeus and Management acquire 100%
entrance of Commerzbank International.
The Austrian Mint enters
the shareholder structure.
An office is opened in Chile;
Argor-Heraeus Deutschland and Argor-Aljba are formed.
Argor-Heraeus, Germany
Located in the Baden Württemberg region and the reference point for the German market.
Collection and assaying of industrial scrap
Marketing of precious metals
A Group joint venture, develops hi-tech coating solutions for numerous sectors and applications.
Production of tool coatings
Production of coatings for mechanical components
Production of decorative coatings for the watchmaking industry
Research and development of hi-tech coating solutions
Argor-Heraeus Italia is formed.
Argor-Heraeus, Italia
Based in Lombardy, with clients mainly in the Italian goldsmith sector.
Collection and assaying of industrial scrap
Marketing of precious metals
Sale of products to the jewellery and watchmaking industry
Marketing of gold for investment
Mendrisio headquarters
is expanded.
Argor-Heraeus America Latina
is officially opened.
Argor-Heraeus, America Latina
Previously a sales office, a full production facility since 2015
Processing of metals from mines (collection, homogenisation and assaying of material)
Provision of logistics services as logistical hub for Latin-American customers
Marketing of precious metals
Sale of cast and minted bars
Argor-Heraeus becomes 100% owned
by Heraeus Group and is integrated
in the Heraeus Precious Metals Global Business Unit.
Strengthened presence in Asia
with addition of the Hong Kong facility.
Heraeus Precious Metals, Hong Kong
The addition of our Hong Kong branch has strengthened our presence on the Asian market.
Refining and assaying of precious metals
Production of cast and minted bars
Services to support physical trading of precious metals

About this Report

Reporting perimeter
The information in the sections "About Argor-Heraeus", "Involve our stakeholders" and "Work for a transparent and responsible chain" refer to the entire company.
The information in the sections "Contribute to local development", "Protect the environment" and "Grow with our employees" refers mainly to our Mendrisio headquarters, where almost all our production takes place and most of the company’s employees work. Only significant indicators are reported for other locations, based on currently available data. The Hong Kong branch also works for the Heraeus Group, not solely for Argor-Heraeus.

Reference period
The data reported on this site cover the period from 1 January to 31 December 2021. Data updated to the latest quarter of 2022 are available for selected key indicators. The previous Sustainability Report refers to 2020.

Reference to GRI Guidelines
This report was prepared in conformity to the latest Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines, "Core" option (version adopted: GRI Standards).

External audit
Most of the information in this Report was verified during the internal and external audits required for Argor-Heraeus certifications
Likewise, the measurement standards adopted for the reporting of data are the strictest and most widely adopted. Therefore, we have decided not to subject this Sustainability Report to additional external certification audits.

For more information: Argor-Heraeus SA, Via Moree 14, CH-6850 Mendrisio, Canton Ticino, Switzerland.
Tel.: +41 91 640 53 53 I Fax: +41 91 646 80 82 I info.argor@heraeus.com I www.argor.com