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Automotive Catalytic Converter Recycling

Your Trusted Catalytic Converter Recycling Partner

With state-of-the-art resources and a highly experienced team, BASF provides exceptional value for your catalytic converter scrap. Thanks to unparalleled transparency in our sample, assay, and processing, global trading and hedging services, as well as our world-renowned, independent assay lab, BASF provides the best total return on your precious metal materials.

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Why Partner with BASF?

When working with BASF as your catalytic converter recycler, you can expect outstanding transparency, integrity and robust capabilities — all of which translates to exceptional value for your metals.

BASF is highly specialized in this industry, as we both produce and recycle catalytic converters. As the inventor of the first catalytic convert in the 1970s, we are well-versed in every stage of a catalyst’s lifecycle and are dedicated to providing our customers with that expertise.

As precious metal contents vary by material, BASF has developed precise analytical and statistical ISO accredited methods, to provide our customers with a high degree of accuracy across material types.

Best Total Precious Metal Returns

With our advanced recycling equipment and precise analysis process, you can be confident knowing you’re getting the highest total return from your materials.

Global Trading and Hedging Services

Our team of experts help you to confidently navigate the PGM market with 24/7 access and a variety of settlement options.

World-Renowned Assay Lab

We are one of few refiners to employ ISO 17025/17043 accredited methods in our labs, adhering to an international standard of the competence of PGM determinations. The assay labs are independent from the commercial organization, and our team of highly trained analytical chemists provide the best analytical services representing the highest standards in the industry.

Commitment to Customer Service

We take pride in working as your business partners and delivering quick, high-value results. Our culture of integrity is reinforced by more than 150 years of experience.

End-to-End Transparency

We offer a Lot Witnessing program and encourage you to watch our processes. Each lot is evaluated for the best fit sampling and assaying processes by our team of highly trained analytical chemists.

Safe, Secure, Sustainable

We have a stable and secure presence, with financial strength and a credit rating better than most banks. We are proud to promote sustainable growth and environmental responsibility. We recognize the increasing importance of a circular economy and are in a unique position to support our partners with sustainable processes.

Find out how BASF contributes to a sustainable future here.

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Materials BASF Accepts:

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Mobile Emissions Control

As the world’s leading supplier of catalysts, BASF has unsurpassed expertise in the development of emission control technologies for a wide range of market applications that protect the air we breathe.

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Precious Metal Trading

Global trading and hedging services for price risk management.

Our Technology

Spent autocat material varies, in terms of precious metals content. Our sampling and assaying techniques have been developed over many years to provide accurate results for platinum, palladium and rhodium, making us your preferred catalytic converter recycler.

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Sampling

Gain the highest return on your PGMs with transparency and confidence.

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LOT WITNESSING

Watch our sampling and assaying processes in action with BASF’s Lot Witnessing program. See how our focus on accuracy and transparency combined with ISO accreditation makes a difference in the total return of your materials.

REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLES

Each lot is evaluated individually to determine best-fit sample preparation and provide superior accuracy compared to one-size-fits-all methods. Your materials are prepared and sampled using state-of-the-art instruments and methodology.

LOT INTEGRITY

Samples are homogenous and highly representative of the bulk. Your material is weighed at each step of the process. No weight is deducted for moisture picked up during sampling.

CONTINUOUS INVESTMENT

We are continually investing in our assets and people to optimize processes and improve quality control.

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Assaying

BASF applies the highest standards with ISO-accredited assaying handled only by qualified and experienced analytical chemists.

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WORLD-RENOWNED ASSAY LAB

Our assay lab is independent from the commercial organization. Our team of highly trained chemists provide the best analytical services representing the highest standards in the industry.

PEOPLE

At BASF, our scientists are experts in analytical chemistry; they are trained in state-of-the-art methods and techniques for PGM analysis. Before they assay your samples, each chemist must pass strict qualification standards in accordance with our ISO-17025 Quality Management System. Annual requalification for each chemist is a requirement.

TECHNIQUE

Each lot is analyzed separately with highly accurate techniques tailored to your materials, resulting in the highest total return. State-of-the-art instruments remove contamination and interference for precise PGM determinations.

GLOBAL EXPERTS TEAM PLATFORM

Top chemists from 5 sites across the globe are elected to share and align best practices for consistent and accurate results regardless of geographic location. You will get consistent, accurate and precise analytical results regardless of where you send your materials within our global recycling network.

METHOD

BASF is among very few refiners to apply ISO 17025 accredited methods. Rigorous statistical standards enable us to deliver the highest level of accuracy and precision in the industry. As part of ISO 17043 accredited process, we undertake numerous round-robins to build alignment with other reputable independent labs.

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Recycling

Using our expertise in chemistry, BASF transforms spent material back into high-grade precious metal, which can be traded or repurposed for use in new catalyst production.

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BEST-IN-CLASS ASSETS

Our industry-leading technologies and equipment, used throughout the concentration process, is designed and operated in a way that allows us to quickly transform a wide range of materials back to quality, metal grades. This efficiency allows us to offer faster return cycles to our customers.

CHEMISTRY EXPERTISE

Our team’s deep knowledge of chemistry and refining allows us to incorporate a diverse set of feed stocks into our operations, while operating safely.

ROLE IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Recycling is one of the world’s largest sources of precious metals, second only to mines. We have a responsibility to support sustainable processes and reduce impact on the environment. At BASF, we take our role and responsibility within the circular economy seriously.

Our Global Team

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Recent News and Media

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