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History of the Metallum Group

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History of the Metallum Group

The success story from 1948 until today

Today the name Metallum Group stands for a group of independent, world-wide active companies, that trade, store and process metals - whether old or new. The headquarters of the Metallum Group is in Regensdorf near Zurich.

Everything began in 1948 when the family business, founded by Jakob Dietiker senior, entered the scrap trade in Zurich-Affoltern. Step by step, the company grew. In 1958, a generation change took place. Thanks to Jakob Dietiker junior's new ideas and an industry-friendly company policy it was possible to expand the business and increase sales.

Increased trade from the 70s

In the 70s, the increasing volumes of trade were taken into account and companies set up for the trading of non-ferrous metal semi-products and commodity futures. Owing to increasing foreign activity, subsidiaries were established in Germany, Great Britain and Italy.

Participations in the largest Swiss cable separating company and other Swiss metal recycling companies, the founding of a company for waste disposal services in the field of electrical and electronic scrap, the acquisition of a scrap metal trade in the United Arab Emirates and most recently investment in a well-known German company followed in the 80s and 90s.

Following further acquisitions of specialised companies, the sale of the electronic scrap division and other restructuring, in 2007 the Group was acquired together with Metallo-Chimique N.V., in Beerse (Belgium), by Metallum Holding SA, Luxembourg, a portfolio company of the ALPHA Privat Equity Funds.

As of October 2009 the Group now trades under the name Metallum Group.

2013 funds managed and advised by TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P. have acquired the group.

2015 - creation of a leading group in the Swiss metal recycling industry

On September 1, 2015, a new chapter in the history of Metallum Group was opened, when the company was acquired by the Swiss Thommen Group, a family owned company.