About Argor-Heraeus

About Argor-Heraeus

Argor-Heraeus at a glance

A key role at the centre of the value chain.

Products and services

Innovation and compliance are two of the fundamental pillars on which we create value for our clients.

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

Verifying the traceability of incoming materials is a fundamental prerogative.
The metals we process – gold, silver, platinum and palladium – usually arrive from:

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

In our industry, the suppliers of raw materials are very often our clients, who retain ownership of the material we process.
We work with customers in over 50 countries:

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

By means of targets production, we guarantee our clients the traceability of the metal in their (semi)finished products.

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

History

70 years of long-term growth.

1951
Argor SA is founded
in Chiasso, Switzerland.
Argor-Heraeus, Switzerland
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
1973
UBS acquires
100% of the company.
1986
UBS and Heraeus form a joint venture
and create Argor-Heraeus SA.
1988
Argor-Heraeus moves
to Mendrisio, Switzerland.
1999
Heraeus and Management acquire 100%
entrance of Commerzbank International.
2002
The Austrian Mint enters
the shareholder structure.
2004
An office is opened in Chile;
Argor-Heraeus Deutschland and Argor-Aljba are formed.
Argor-Heraeus, Deutschland
Collection and assaying of industrial scrap
Marketing of precious metals
Logistics
Argor-Aljba
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
2006
Argor-Heraeus Italia is formed.
Argor-Heraeus, Italia
Collection and assaying of industrial scrap
Marketing of precious metals
Sale of products to the jewellery and watchmaking industry
Marketing of gold for investment
Logistics
2013
Mendrisio headquarters
is expanded.
2015
Argor-Heraeus America Latina
is officially opened.
Argor-Heraeus, America Latina
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
2017
Argor-Heraeus becomes 100% owned
by Heraeus Group and is integrated
in the Heraeus Precious Metals Global Business Unit.
2018
Strengthened presence in Asia
with addition of the Hong Kong facility.
Heraeus Precious Metals, Hong Kong
Refining and assaying of precious metals
Production of cast and minted bars
Services to support physical trading of precious metals

About this Report

Clear and transparent reporting.

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 the 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 2020. Data updated to the latest quarter of 2021 are available for selected key indicators. The previous Sustainability Report refers to 2019.

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 checked 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 [email protected] I www.argor.com