BASF Catalysts offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products including advanced battery materials. BASF’s Catalysts division is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products, including advanced battery materials. We believe mobility’s future lies in more than just products. So where others come to a full stop, we’re just getting started—by leveraging the full power of BASF to continually advance our comprehensive package of sustainable solutions that enable us to travel further, as well as above and beyond. A leading supplier of high performance cathode active materials (CAM) for electrified vehicles to battery producers and automotive OEMs around the world. Protecting the air we breathe from harmful emissions through innovation. BASF leverages unsurpassed expertise in the development of emission control technologies for a wide range of market applications. BASF is committed to advancing and promoting environmentally-sound technologies to achieve a sustainable future in aviation. Offering 50 years of experience developing intelligent solutions for air quality over a wide range of applications — enabling clean air for a healthier, more sustainable future. As the global leader in chemical catalysts, BASF develops cutting-edge catalyst chemistry with our customers’ needs in mind. We want to contribute to a world that provides a viable future with enhanced quality of life for everyone. We do so by creating chemistry for our customers and society and by making the best use of available resources. BASF offers the widest portfolio of adsorbent technologies for a broad spectrum of applications in industries such as refining, petrochemical, chemical, and gas processing. Syngas, produced from natural gas or coal, is a key intermediate in the emerging technologies for gas-to-liquids (GTL), methanol-to-olefins, coal-to-liquids and fuel cells. At BASF, our Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst and additive offerings together with our expert technical services build the right solution to create value within any unit’s constraints. Paving the way toward a brighter, more secure future. Manufacturing products for sustainable solutions, reducing emissions from our processes, and using non-fossil fueled energy sources – all of these efforts help lead BASF on a continuing journey of sustainability. BASF Natural Gas experts have a diverse portfolio of products to custom design a solution and help you meet your Natural Gas treatment needs. BASF has been serving the natural gas treatment market for over 60 years. Innovative, step-change technology with dual-purpose performance: removal of heavy hydrocarbons and water to cryogenic specifications in a single unit. With more than 150 years of experience in metal sourcing, trading, and hedging, we’ve built tangible results for our industrial customers. With more than 100 years of experience in recycling materials, BASF’s end-to-end recycling program is known and trusted around the globe. As a leader in precious-metal thermocouples for many years, BASF recently applied its technological expertise to optical-based temperature measurement. Developing and producing pharmaceutical ingredients for more than 75 years, enabling us to provide the solutions you need to meet today's and tomorrow's challenges for your pharmaceutical business. Find the latest news and media information for BASF’s Catalysts division, headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey, USA, the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. Explore this collection of resources to learn more about our innovative research and Catalyst solutions.
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The Best Overall Value for Your Precious Metal Scrap

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

Why Partner With BASF?

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

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

As precious metal contents vary by material, BASF has developed precise analytical and statistical methods, using 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. 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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Accepted Materials Matrix for BASF Precious Metal Products & Services

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, and trading and hedging services. Learn more about what we accept in our Accepted Materials Matrix.

Our Products and Solutions

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Our Technology

Precious metal scrap can vary widely in quality 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.

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

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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.


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.


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.


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

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

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Our team of highly trained chemists provide the best analytical services representing the highest standards in the industry.


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.


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.


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.


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.


BASF recycles precious metals from spent automotive catalytic converters, chemical catalysts and precious metal scrap. In these volatile precious metal markets, BASF has the financial stability to provide transparency and reliability to our customers.

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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.

Learn more about our recycling processes


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.


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.


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.

Where We Operate

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Recent News and Media

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Jun 01, 2017

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Sep 21, 2015

BASF consolidating chemical catalysts recycling and refining operations to Seneca, South Carolina, production facility

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About BASF

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