175 years of Heimerle + Meule – From scrap company to global player

‘Precious metals unlimited. Strong as a team.’ Heimerle + Meule GmbH is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year with this as its slogan.

 In 1845, 175 years ago, entrepreneur Julius Dittler founded the scrap company in the then small town of Pforzheim, and the foundation was laid for a unique success story.

Today, Heimerle + Meule GmbH is not just Germany’s oldest gold and silver refinery. It has developed beyond that into an international market leader in the precious metal sector. The one-time processor of production waste from the local jewellery industry now presents itself as a full-service provider in precious metal processing for multiple sectors. With its internationally active company group, Heimerle + Meule from Pforzheim has taken the world by storm. From the outset, the specialists from the ‘Golden City’ pursued the philosophy of lasting value – in products and services, in its relationships with customers and staff, and in its responsibility to people and the environment. A success that the founder, Julius Dittler, could never have imagined 175 years ago.

The portfolio of products and services of the long-established company has continuously grown as the company has advanced into new areas. In addition to precious metal recycling and trade, its portfolio now also includes semi-finished products for jewellery and technology, as well as electroplating equipment and chemicals, in-house surface coating and investment and dental products. The areas of application are no less diverse. Besides the jewellery and watch-making industry, Heimerle + Meule also supplies automotive suppliers, the electrical and electronic industry, dental laboratories and many more sectors. The company also supplies institutional and private investors with premium investment products. Heimerle + Meule is committed to fulfilling every customer request individually using its wide range of products and services. This passion gets to the heart of the first part of the anniversary slogan: ‘Precious metals unlimited.’

Germany’s oldest gold and silver refinery also embodies the second part of the anniversary slogan ‘Strong as a team,’ on a daily basis. For Heimerle + Meule, people have always been the measure of everything. Its customers, business partners and not least its staff. The majority of the roughly 300 employees are long-standing, experienced members of staff. They are professional and dedicated, and have a customer focus. Heimerle + Meule’s customers value both this expertise and reliability, which enable the partnership to develop the very best solutions. Working together and comprehensive customer service are the top priorities at Heimerle + Meule. The precious metal specialist considers active responsibility to be key. Processing gold, silver, platinum, palladium and other valuable raw materials requires the utmost care. For 175 years, Heimerle + Meule has been synonymous with values such as trust, reliability, partnership and sustainability. And the traditionalist has demonstrated expertise in precious metals that has increased over the generations. This is an invaluable source of experience. The company is also extremely flexible, reacting swiftly to requests and implementing these together with its customers. With the quality management system certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001, Heimerle + Meule is known all over the world for the highest standards of quality and comprehensive expertise.

Another factor that plays a major role at Heimerle + Meule is its responsibility to people and the environment. This is a daily endeavour at Heimerle + Meule. The company from the Golden City can also prove its exceptional commitment in black and white. The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) has certified the specialist according to the guidelines of the Responsible Gold Guidance (RGG) as a conflict-free gold refiner, and has included it on its Good Delivery List. The company has also been successfully certified according the Code of Practice (CoP) of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). All of these are evidence that the gold used by Heimerle + Meule and the products created from this fulfil the highest ethical requirements. In addition, the precious metal specialist embodies controlled quality and tested safety. Both constitute the foundations of responsible business activities, and Heimerle + Meule sets the highest standards in these attributes. As a certified waste-management facility and specialist firm according to Article 19i of the German water resources act (Wasserhaushaltsgesetz), Germany’s oldest refinery strives to run a very sustainable production process and environmentally friendly recycling, using state-of-the-art technology. Controlled quality and tested safety – customers can rely on these attributes.

Today, 175 years after its foundation, Heimerle + Meule is far more than a precious metal specialist based in Pforzheim. By forming the Heimerle + Meule Group in 2013, the Pforzheim company achieved a new dimension. The Heimerle + Meule Group is made up of Heimerle + Meule, Cooksongold, Weston Beamor, Cookson-CLAL, SEMPSA JP, Drijfhout and Koutadly. More than 950 employees in locations across seven countries means that the Heimerle + Meule Group is one of the biggest European precious metal processors. The multinational company can now react even more quickly to its customers’ requirements and to market developments.


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