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Precious and Base Metals

With more than 150 years of experience in metal sourcing, trading, and hedging, we’ve built tangible results for our industrial customers.

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What do BASF customers get? An unparalleled level of expertise in precious metals.

BASF is a worldwide leader in precious metals management, offering a full loop of price risk management services. We actively trade in platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium, gold, and silver. Completing the loop, starting with raw metal supply through scrap reclamation, BASF professionals provide confidential price risk management solutions to industrial clients who want to successfully manage their precious metals portfolios.

Legacy with Engelhard

Engelhard Corporation was a renowned name in the precious metals market when they were acquired by BASF in 2006. BASF has continued to build on the precious metals expertise of Engelhard and has retained the Engelhard brand.

Engelhard was started in 1902 by Charles W. Engelhard, Sr. when he purchased the Charles F. Croselmire Company in Newark, New Jersey, USA. With the purchase of Hanovia Chemical and Manufacturing Company, Engelhard officially became the world’s largest refiner and fabricator of platinum, gold and silver. The Wall Street Journal began publishing EIB (Engelhard Industrial Bullion) prices. Engelhard grew over the years, pioneering many new uses for platinum group metals – a tradition that BASF has continued. Today, platinum group metals are used in pharmaceuticals and medical devices as well as fertilizers and catalysts and many other essential products.

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Why choose to go with BASF?

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BASF is a full member of the London Platinum and Palladium Market (LPPM), and our assay certificate is recognized globally as “Good Delivery” in all relevant precious metals markets.

For example, our Seneca, South Carolina, USA, refiner recycling business is certified in accordance with the LPPM Responsible sourcing of Platinum and Palladium Guidance. For our recycling business, we follow a strict sourcing policy that contributes to BASF’s vision of a circular economy as outlined in BASF’s Circular Economy Program. This Policy reflects specific requirements related to the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals in Conflict Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Guidance) and is subject to the requirements of applicable laws or regulations. It complements the BASF Supplier Code of Conduct and global responsible sourcing management (Supplier Code of Conduct (basf.com), the BASF Human Rights Approach, and BASF Group’s Position Statement on Human Rights.

What you need to leverage significant metals value—insights in precious and base metals based on our integrated commercial trading platform, platinum group metals recycling strategies (PGM), battery recycling strategies, and precious metals chemicals—is what we provide. We tailor our programs to meet your specific needs, with a full loop of metals management services including:

Precious metals products

Base metals for the production of cathode materials

Raw metals supply

Scrap reclamation

Price risk management

Trading Services

Products & Services

BASF provides a full range of tailored precious metals products and services. Choose your industry to learn more about our expertise.

Precious and Base Metal Recycling Services

BASF’s recycling and recovery services include closed-loop and open-loop models, alongside an end-to-end recycling program that is known and trusted around the globe.

Price Risk Management

BASF helps you manage the risk in your precious metals portfolio, offering:

• Spot and forward metal price arrangements
• Long-term supply agreements
• Leases and consignments
• Diverse sourcing strategies

Precious Metal Chemicals

Catalysts drive performance. Whether you specialize in industrial or fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals or fuel cells, our compounds and solutions consistently provide high performance standards you can rely on.

Become a Customer

BASF customers make the most of our extensive resources, world-class technologies, and decades’ worth of precious metals trading knowledge.

Offering a full loop approach

BASF Precious and Base Metal Services touches various sectors within the industry to give our customers a full loop approach. From mining to recycling to trading, BASF has various services that can help you. See some of what we have to offer below.

Precious Metal Chemicals

Building on our core competencies in precious metals and catalysis, BASF offers a robust portfolio of PGM (Platinum Group Metals) chemical intermediates for use in a variety of industrial catalysis…

Precious Metal Refining

Our experienced team and state-of-the-art recycling assets ensure you get the best value for your material and peace of mind with transparency, consistency and integrity in our sampling, assaying,…

Precious Metal Trading

We offer a full package of products and expertise to enable customers to successfully navigate the Platinum Group Metals market and manage risk.

Globally located and vertically integrated

We are available around the world, and around the clock to provide strategic solutions to your precious metals requirements. Click on the map to see the locations of our precious metals trading, recycling and chemicals offices.

Resources & Media

Read the latest news releases and articles from BASF Catalysts to learn more about markets we’re studying, products we’re developing and events we’re attending.

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Ford honors BASF at 23rd Annual World Excellence Awards

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BASF expands chemical catalyst recycling capacity and capability

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May 12, 2021

BASF expands global PGM refining capacity, further driving circular economy business

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