General Waste Management & Recycling

Umicore AG & Co KG

Umicore is a global materials technology and recycling group. In Germany, more than 1,700 people are employed at five sites. Their main expertise is in the fields of chemistry, materials science, metallurgy and recycling. The company develops, produces, uses, markets and recycles metallic materials, and is thereby contributing to environmentally sound material-based solutions. Umicore’s overriding goal of sustainable value creation is based on an ambition to develop, produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfils its mission: materials for a better life. The material technology solutions and efficient recycling solutions offered are considered unique in many sectors. With them it is possible to reduce harmful emissions, power the vehicles and technologies of the future and give new life to scrap metals. Umicore's story began more than 200 years ago. It all started with the cooperation of a number of mining and smelting companies, which over time merged to form the materials technology and recycling group Umicore is today.

Nickelhütte Aue GmbH

Nickelhütte Aue GmbH can look back on nearly 400 years of tradition as pyrometallurgical works and recycling company. The firm is speciallized in the recycling of waste materials containing non-ferrous metals. It is especially interested in Nickel, Copper, Cobalt, Vanadium, Molybdenum and precious metal containing spent catalysts from chemical and pharmaceutical industries but also from petrochemical industries and from hydrogenation processes of oils and fats. Several business divisions stand representative for the company's outstanding expertise in various fields, among others these are: pyrometallurgy, metall recycling, hydrometallurgy, catalyst recycling, corrosive solutions recycling, transformer utilization, metal trading and alloy smelting. In 2001, Nickelhütte Aue GmbH started to treat precious metals containing waste. The processing takes place in an installation disposing of special requirements due to the special treatment on behalf of all well-known precious metals producers. In 2002, Nickelhütte Aue GmbH expanded its processing spectrum to extend the production by vanadium compounds from NiV-containing filter dusts and -catalysts. The waste heat resulting from the pyrometallurgical processes is used to generate electricity and heat. With that the company is able to satisfy its own energy needs and supplies thermal energy also to other local companies.