Company profile

Recycling multi-metals for tomorrow.

We are a recycling company that valorises complex non-ferrous materials by returning metals back into the value chain. We care about the future and our planet. We combine our technology and know-how to minimize the impact of our activities on the environment, climate and people, in order to preserve our natural resources and to build a bright future for tomorrow.

Metallo Belgium N.V.

With about 450 employees Metallo Belgium operates a variety of processes and technologies to recycle and refine complex, low grade recycling materials into non-ferrous metals, metal products and minerals. The company was founded as Metallo-Chimique N.V. in 1919 and is currently the biggest tin recycler in the world.

Metallo Spain S.L.U.

With about 90 employees Metallo Spain focusses solely on complex and low grade recycling materials to produce black copper, solder and Elmix®. The company was founded as Elmet S.L.U. in 1991 and is currently an example and frontrunner in sustainability in the wider area of the Basque country.

The Aurubis Group

Metallo is part of the Aurubis Group, a leading global provider of non-ferrous metals and the largest copper recycler worldwide. Aurubis produces more than 1 million tons of copper cathodes annually, and a number of other metals as well, including precious metals, selenium, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc.

Our management
  • Dirk Vandenberghe - CEO Metallo Group & Director
  • Caroline Bogaerts - Chief Finance Officer & Director
  • Valentin Casado - CEO Metallo Spain
  • Bert Coletti - R&D Director
  • Dirk Wouters - Chief Technology Officer
  • Elke Van Hauwermeiren - Production Director
  • Inge Maes - Chief Officer Sustainable Development
  • Ingrid Waghemans - HR Director
  • Peter Boeckx - Chief Purchasing Officer Raw Materials
Our History
Metallo Belgium

Metallo Belgium was founded in 1919 as ‘La Metallo-Chimique N.V.’. By 1923 it was processing a wide variety of raw materials ranging from copper trouser-studs to foundry and factory grindings. In the sixties a process was developed to recycle copper, tin and lead out of more complex raw materials. Today, Metallo excels in recycling and refining non-ferrous materials.

Metallo Spain

Metallo Spain, previously known as Elmet, was founded on November 1991 in Berango, Biscay. The production of black copper, its principal activity, started in October 1992. In 2000 the smelting capacity at Elmet was boosted from 4500 tons to 7500 tons per month allowing a production increase of black copper of more than 2000 tons per month.