Our history and extensive expertise is based on precious metals solutions and is a big part of our DNA.
Precious metals expertise is a critical component for your device technologies. With our specialists, Heraeus offers you full precious metals management and services from physical supply to trading, logistics, integrated solutions, and more.
With in-house R&D, precious metals trading, and recycling, we can fill needs most players in the market cannot.
Vertically integrated materials science is fundamental to the success of Heraeus and of you, the customer.
Excellence is expected from Heraeus staff at every stage of engagement with our customers. From concept to distribution we offer collaboration and partnership at the levels you desire.
A full range of manufacturing services and analytical testing technologies and expertise are available to you during your design, validation, bench testing, prototyping, and manufacturing.
Heraeus equipment and services in this area include:
Plastic Injection Molding
Wire Drawing, Forming, Straightening and Grinding
Laboratory and Testing Technologies:
SEM with EDX and GDX
Auger surface analysis
Mechanical and a wide range of ASTM testing
Precious Metal Pre-Materials
The right pre-formed material for your product -- metallurgic expertise and manufacturing expertise from one source
Our scientists understand the behavior of a vast range of materials including precious metals, alloys, composites, ceramics and coatings to produce products for unmatched performance and reliability. This paves the way for our customers to create tomorrow’s technologies.
Precious Metal Rods
Precious Metal Strips
Precious Metal Tubes
Precious Metal Wires
Composites containing Precious Metals
Specialty Precious Metal Alloy Wires
Physical Precious Metals
Precious metals for the medical device industry – direct from the precious metals specialists
Heraeus is one of the leading suppliers of precious metals worldwide. Our bars are among the most popular investment products when it comes to investments in physical precious metals.
Common precious, refractory, and clad metals used in medical device components, assemblies and devices manufactured by Heraeus Medical Components include:
Precious: Pt, PtIr, PtW, PtNi, Pd, Au, Ag
Refractory: Ta, Nb
Clad: Pt or PtIR over Ta core
Variety of precious and refractory alloys
Allow Heraeus material scientists to be an extension of your engineering team to select and/or develop the best material for your product.
Weight Accounts and Global Transfers
Speed and flexibility - the keys to managing your precious metals
A weight account at Heraeus allows you to benefit from our global network: Your precious metals are available around the world! Using precious metal transfers makes it easy to transfer your weight account assets or receive assets from others. It makes no difference whether the transfer takes place within Heraeus or to other market participants, such as for further processing. Simply use our web-based transfer tool.
Of course, you can also have your assets delivered physically at any time in a variety of forms. Heraeus manages all of the logistics no matter your location.
All services from a single source – expertise throughout the precious metals cycle
If you have set up a weight account with us, you are already familiar with certain advantages of our services. But we can do even more for you.
Our expertise extends throughout the precious metals cycle: We attend to the physical procurement of all precious metals, from gold and silver through platinum and palladium to rhodium, ruthenium, and iridium. Thanks to our hedging and financing models, we minimize your price risks and help you reduce your working capital. Furthermore, we offer you a broad portfolio of precious metals products. Finally, we can recycle and refine precious metals from a wide variety of starting materials – and provide logistics and waste management. We have expertise along the entire chain.
Precious Metals Financing and Risk Management
Do you need planning certainty for your own price calculations, preferably with firm precious metals prices? Then you've come to the right place
Guaranteed price stability and planning security
We offer you a price hedging model tailored to your specific needs, for each precious metal. Whether for gold, silver, platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, or iridium – our experts will identify the right hedging solution for your business across various transaction types (e.g., cash transaction, swap, or limit order). When you order products containing precious metals from Heraeus, the production costs can be completely fixed along with the product units. We can offer you full flexibility when you order your precious metal quantities within a defined period of time. Using these instruments, which have won accolades from our customers, we develop a fixed calculation basis for your products. This is particularly important when your customers also want stable and reliable prices.
We help you gain greater planning security while minimizing your price risks. We have a price hedging model that is right for you. Please contact us!
Precious metal borrowing
In addition to price hedging, we offer customers who order products from us the option of financing their precious metals purchases with loans. This is a very simple way to cover you if, for example, a demand for additional precious metal arises at the same time as your new lot of medical wire is being manufactured. With our support, you can optimize your working capital.
Precious Metal Recycling
Recycling makes a considerable contribution to protecting the environment. Recycling means sustainability, because raw material resources will not last forever. And recycling means real money, because precious metals are too valuable to waste.
As specialists in the processing of materials containing precious metals, we recover your assets as quickly as possible, with the utmost transparency and maximal yield. And we have even more to offer you. As a leading player with decades of experience, we provide many extras, such as expert logistics and professional waste management. Our core technological competencies lie in the following areas:
Thermal pretreatment of materials and catalysts containing precious metals
Sampling and analysis
Precious metals recycling processes
Logistics and waste management
Recovering precious metals – a job for specialists
Precious metal recycling involves a wide variety of starting materials. Recovering them likewise requires a wide variety of specialized expertise – and not just technological expertise. Precious metals are found all over the world and must be transported to a recycling partner. The goal is to make them available for reuse in the production process as quickly as possible – preferably even parallel to recycling. Above all, the yield should be maximized and sampling should be trustworthy and transparent.
Our advantages for you:
Complete precious metals cycle along the value creation chain
Local representatives in every major region for optimal logistics
Offers a wide variety of materials
Complete transparency in sampling
Expertise in matters relating to waste
The latest technologies
Precious Metals Waste Management and Logistics
As a customer recycling precious metals from waste, you have one main goal: An uncomplicated process that you can trust to make your precious metal available again quickly.
Often, however, this is more easily said than done. The movement of precious metal wastes is subject to many statutory regulations (waste regulations, transport regulations) that must be taken into account before and during transport. This is especially true when moving the material across borders, which often requires a great deal of expertise and many years of experience. Let us help you!
With a standardized evaluation, we can develop the best logistical solution and processing method for you in advance. We will guide you through the whole process.
If requested, we will analyze your recycling material. Once the contents are known, we can classify them according to the regulations and work with you to determine an individualized processing plan, thereby saving you time and money. Our experts know what you are doing and work to ensure that your materials are handled in compliance with all applicable regulations, giving you legal certainty. Please contact us!
Our services for you
With authorization to handle a wide variety of waste codes, we are the right partner for your needs. You can expect the following services from us:
Logistics / Transportation
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