About Nickelhütte Aue GmbH

We can’t do magic – but we are close: We take scrap and transform it into valuable raw materials. Nickelhütte Aue GmbH is a world leader in the recycling of nickel, copper and cobalt catalysts from the oil, gas and chemical industries. Looking to the future, this expertise is more important than ever. Nowadays, around 50% of the non-ferrous metals produced in Germany are obtained from scrap metal – and the demand is rising. The portfolio includes energy generation, precious-metal recycling and hydrometallurgy. In addition, Nickelhütte Aue, as part of the Jacob Metal Group, stands out with its metal trading and processing of catalysts.

  • +1000 Tons CO2 Savings
  • 400+ Qualified employees
  • +95k tons of recycled materials
  • 386+ years of experience

Committed to progress – connected to tradition

We complete material cycles at a consistent level. Our facilities meet the highest standards and guarantee the proper and professional processing of metal-containing materials. Starting from electroplating sludges and residues from metal processing, we produce non-ferrous metal concentrates in our smelting plant. These are refined into Ni-, Cu-, Co-, Mo- and V-based chemicals in downstream metallurgical processes. With their use in surface technology, the cycle closes, effectively using existing materials as raw materials.
For us, almost 400 years of tradition as a smelting and recycling company, founded in 1635 as a blue-dye works, is both an obligation and an incentive. Modern processes guarantee responsible and successful action. Customer satisfaction, the highest possible level of health and safety at work, and the minimisation of environmental pollution – driven by the processing of existing metal materials – are the foundations of the corporate philosophy and the broadly diversified range of products and services. All operations are under the control of an integrated management system that continuously assesses and monitors for quality assurance. This is done in accordance with the requirements of DIN EN ISO 9001, 14001, 50001, and 45001.
Legal requirements and customer-specific wishes form the basis for our actions, with the management and departmental heads leading the way as role models. Responsible action as a fundamental component of the company philosophy is also a matter of course for every employee. We are continually working to become even better. This applies to the sustainable production of our products, as well as the areas of environmental protection, and health and safety at work. The effectiveness and appropriateness of the management system are also constantly under scrutiny and immediately adapted to new requirements as required. This corporate policy involves all employees. Defined means and measures ensure the successful achievement of operational goals. The company principles are binding for all employees. Nickelhütte Aue GmbH also demands a similar sense of responsibility and action from its suppliers and subcontractors.

Our vision: Resources are limited. Our ideas are not.

By consistently broadening our ability to recycle, we are promoting a more sustainable use of materials to help minimise the global extraction of limited natural resources. All our concepts are based on the almost unlimited recyclability of valuable raw materials for future generations.

Our mission: For us, there's no such thing as waste, just raw materials.

We stand for safe and environmentally compatible recycling of non-ferrous metals from the industry and trade sectors. By professionally processing these metals, we produce valuable recycled raw materials, which we then return to the economic cycle.

Our values

Certifications & Downloads

  • DIN ISO 45001:2018
  • DIN ISO 50001:2018
  • DIN ISO 14001:2015
  • DIN ISO 9001:2015
  • Specialised Waste Management

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Careers at Nickelhütte Aue

Today, the recycling industry is one of the fastest-growing and most innovative sectors in Germany. Committed employees form the backbone of the success of Nickelhütte Aue. Become part of our team, and help shape a sustainable future with us.

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