Heraeus precious metals and technology group, Hanau, Germany
Product diversity, innovation and cluster strategy: the foundation of our success
Precious metals such as platinum and gold, special metals such as niobium and tantalum, sensors, medical products and biomaterials, quartz glass and specialty light sources―Heraeus has set the standard in these fields since 1851 with its innovations and sophisticated materials technology. Products manufactured by this globally active, family-owned company are part of our daily lives, whether it be catalysts and temperature sensors for engines, quartz glass for telecommunications and the manufacture of microchips, UV lights for disinfecting drinking water, infrared emitters for industrial heating processes, temperature sensors for the steel industry, or conductive polymers for touch screens. In the financial year 2013, Heraeus achieved a revenue from the sale of products of €3.6 billion, while the revenue from precious metal trading was €13.5 billion. With about 12,500 employees in more than 110 companies world-wide, Heraeus is in a leading position on its global sales markets.
Precious metals, materials and technologies, sensors, biomaterials and medical products as well as quartz glass and specialty light sources—Heraeus is a market and technology leader in all of these areas. Owing to its broad product portfolio, it is not dependent on market developments in specific industries. Heraeus has traditionally been able to expand its worldwide market and technological leadership in a variety of industrial areas by means of customer-oriented product developments and targeted acquisitions. Other important factors include the company’s experience and expertise in dealing with high temperatures and unusual and challenging materials. It all began with an innovative process for melting platinum on an industrial scale, pioneered by founder Wilhelm Carl Heraeus in 1856, and has continued to the present day with countless other developments. Heraeus currently holds more than 5,200 patents, and invests approximately € 86 million in research and development annually. Over 600 R&D employees in 25 development centers around the world fuel our innovative engines.
Renewable energies, display & consumer electronics, additive manufacturing and sensor technology are future-oriented fields in which Heraeus intends to capture new markets with attractive products and innovative materials. As market demands intensify, Heraeus is giving research and development an even stronger international base, as well as forming international clusters. The company views this integration of expertise as a way to broaden the traditional orientation of the business groups while maximizing proximity to the relevant global markets.
Heraeus is divided into six business groups:
Business Group Precious Metals – Heraeus Precious Metals
The precious metals business group processes gold, silver, platinum group metals, and special metals, primarily to produce industrial products. The company is a world leader in industrial precious metals and special metals. A global network of companies in Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa includes production facilities for all phases of precious metal production and refining. With expertise based on decades of trading in industrial precious metals, the business group can provide professional precious metal management throughout the precious metal cycle. The principal purchasers of Heraeus Precious Metals products operate in the environmental, mobility, communications, and energy sectors, as well as the growing health care industry.
Further information: www.heraeus-precious-metals.com
Business Group Materials & Technologies - Heraeus Materials Technology
The materials and technologies business group provides high-tech industrial products from precious metals as like gold, silver, and platinum-group metals, as well as from high melting-point, non-precious refractory metals. Based on a broad portfolio of technologies and deep added value, Materials Technology is a skilled partner for processing these precious metals and other innovative materials. As a technology leader with decades of experience and locations around the world, this business group is a leading provider in many key markets.
Further information: www.heraeus-materials-technology.com
Business Group Sensors - Heraeus Electro-Nite
The sensors business group is the world market leader in sensor and measurement systems for the steel, aluminum, and foundry industries. As a recognized specialist in measurements for molten iron, steel, and aluminum, the company produces and markets high-quality sensors from global manufacturing and sales facilities on every continent. In close cooperation with its customers, Heraeus Electro-Nite develops product solutions that contribute significantly to greater efficiency and higher quality in production processes, as well as improving working conditions and protecting the environment.
Further information: www.heraeus-electro-nite.com
Business Group Biomaterials – Heraeus Medical
The biomaterials and medical products business group concentrates on medical products for orthopedic surgery as well as traumatology and biosurgery. As an industry leader for bone cements, the company develops, produces, and globally markets biomaterials used to anchor joint prostheses to bone and to stabilize spinal fractures. In the field of biosurgery, Heraeus Medical offers innovative antibiotic coatings for medical implants, thereby helping to prevent infections.
Further information: www.heraeus-medical.com
Business Group Quartz Glass – Heraeus Quarzglas
The quartz glass business group is the technology leader and materials specialist for the manufacture and processing of high-purity quartz glass. It excels in all key processes for producing different quartz glass types for the semiconductor and telecommunications industries as well as applications for the optical, chemical, and lamp industries. From base materials to complex system components, custom-tailored products and solutions can be developed and produced from natural and synthetic quartz glass. As the largest quartz glass smelting facility in the world, Heraeus Quarzglas is the world’s largest manufacturer of synthetic quartz glass for use in the microlithography and telecommunications industries.
Further information: www.heraeus-quarzglas.com
Business Group Specialty Light Sources - Heraeus Noblelight
Heraeus Noblelight counts itself among the market and technology leaders worldwide for special lamps with wavelengths from ultraviolet to infrared for industrial, scientific, and medical applications. With locations in Germany, the United Kingdom, China, and the USA, the business group manufactures lamps for analytical measurement technology and the printing industry, infrared emitters for industrial heating processes, arc and flash lamps, and products for water disinfection and air treatment, as well as sun simulation and photochemistry with a high level of vertical integration.
Further information: www.heraeus-noblelight.com
Heraeus Holding GmbH
Dr. Jörg Wetterau
Head of Technology Media & Innovation
D- 63450 Hanau
phone +49 (0) 61 81/35 - 57 06
fax +49 (0) 61 81/35 - 35 50
Heraeus Holding GmbH
Further information: https://www.heraeus.com/de/group/home/home.aspx