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Precious metal trading in Singapore: GoldSilver Central new distribution partner of Degussa Goldhandel

Precious metal trading in Singapore: GoldSilver Central new distribution partner of Degussa Goldhandel

GoldSilver Central Showroom Singapore (Source: GoldSilver Central)

Frankfurt am Main, 23 May 2018: Degussa Goldhandel GmbH is now cooperating with precious metal retailer GoldSilver Central Pte Ltd in Singapore. The partnership between both providers who are leaders in their respective markets covers the distribution of Degussa bullion bars as well as gift items made out of gold and silver. GoldSilver Central will offer the products of Europe“s biggest precious metal retailer in its own stores as well as via its online shop ( www.goldsilvercentral.com.sg).

The cooperation with the Singaporean precious metal specialist positions the presence of Degussa and its products in the Asian region on a broader basis and will open up new growth potential.

„Due to the cooperation with GoldSilver Central, we are able to give new impetus to our presence in Asia,“ said Raphael Scherer, Chief International Officer (CIO) and member of the Degussa management board. „With this step we also want to strengthen our position in Singapore, one of the most important precious metal trading centres in Asia and offer local customers access to the Degussa gold and silver bars as well as our lifestyle items.“

Since its launch in 2011, Degussa has developed into the European market leader amongst the independent precious metal retailers with branches in ten sites in Germany as well as internationally in Zurich, Geneva and Madrid. Furthermore, in 2013 the company also took over London precious metals company Sharps Pixley.

„We are extremely proud to be part of this collaboration with Degussa and are looking forward to exploring new strategies for providing enhanced precious metals investment solutions in Asia,“ said Brian Lan, Managing Director of GoldSilver Central. „The start of this partnership enables both companies to leverage on each other for more resources to create new business opportunities and most importantly, to benefit Precious Metals Investors on a regional scale.“

GoldSilver Central was also established in 2011, in Singapore, and specialises in the physical trading of gold, silver and platinum for both individuals and businesses. Hereby the company offers a wide range of products and services with the aim of offering private investors the opportunity to invest in precious metals at competitive prices such as the first spot deliverable precious metals platform – GSC Live!. GoldSilver Central is a member of the Singapore Bullion Market Association (SBMA) which was founded in 1993 with the aim of making Singapore a centre for gold trading in South East Asia.

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About Degussa Goldhandel
The name Degussa is synonymous like no other with quality and durability in the world of precious metals. This tradition is now being continued by Degussa Goldhandel GmbH, which has been active in the precious metals market since 2011. As a globally operating company for gold, silver and platinum metals, Degussa has since become the market leader among bank-independent precious metal traders.

Degussa offers its broad product range at ten national and international locations in London, Zurich, Geneva and Madrid. In addition to bars, coins, numismatics and gold gifts, customers have online shops and services such as the purchase of old gold and storage at their disposal. With its precious metal expertise in trading, recycling and production for industrial customers, the company fully reflects the precious metal cycle.

In 2017, the Degussa Group generated sales of more than EUR 1.5 billion in the private customer segment. The number of employees increased from 150 in 2016 to almost 160 in 2017.

Company-Contact
Degussa Goldhandel GmbH
Ellen Gschaider
Kettenhofweg 29
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 860068-294
Fax: +49 69 860068-294
E-Mail: ellen.gschaider@degussa-goldhandel.de
Url: http://www.degussa-goldhandel.de

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Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstr. 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 6172/27159-0
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Bekanntgabe der Edelmetall-Forschungspreise

Tanaka Memorial Foundation gibt Gewinner der Edelmetall-Forschungspreise bekannt

Bekanntgabe der Edelmetall-Forschungspreise

Die Tanaka Memorial Foundation hat die Gewinner der Edelmetall-Forschungspreise für das Geschäftsjahr 2017 bekanntgegeben. In einem aufwändigen Auswahlprozess haben sich Yoshiho Ikeuchi, Dozent an der Universität in Tokio, und Katsunori Tanaka, leitender Wissenschaftler am Forschungszentrum RIKEN, durchgesetzt. Sie erhalten den mit jeweils zwei Millionen Yen (rund 15.000 Euro) dotierten Preis in Gold. Außerdem erhalten fünf Forschungsprojekte den Preis in Silber, zwei Forscher werden mit dem Nachwuchspreis ausgezeichnet.

Mit ihren Programmen fördert die Tanaka Memorial Foundation die Entwicklung neuer Anwendungsgebiete für Edelmetalle und trägt zum Fortschritt in Wissenschaft, Technologie, Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft und zum Wohl der Menschen bei. Das Programm zur Forschungsförderung wurde 1999 ins Leben gerufen und unterstützt seither jedes Jahr Vorhaben, die neue Horizonte durch Verwendung von Edelmetallen eröffnen. In diesem Jahr gingen 167 Anträge ein – mit einer großen Bandbreite von Vorhaben, bei denen Edelmetalle zur Erforschung und Entwicklung neuer Technologien beitragen. Insgesamt wurden 15.2 Million Yen (ca. 116.000 Euro) an Fördermitteln für 23 Projekte bewilligt.

Besonders beeindruckt haben die Jury die beiden Träger der Auszeichnung in Gold:

Yoshiho Ikeuchi, Dozent an der Universität in Tokio
Entwicklung einer Platin-Elektrode zu Beeinflussung künstlichen Nervengewebes aus induzierten pluripotenten Stammzellen vom Menschen (iPSCs)
In diesem Forschungsvorhaben entwickelt Yoshiho Ikeuchi eine Gewebekultur, um neuronale Erkrankungen beim Menschen zu untersuchen. In die Gewebekultur werden Platin-Elektroden eingebettet, die das Wachstum künstlichen Gewebes stimulieren sowie diese gleichzeitig elektrisch und genetisch verändern. Die Vorrichtung soll helfen, den Verlauf von Krankheiten zu verstehen und Behandlungsmöglichkeiten für neurodegenerative Krankheiten wie ALS (Amyotrophe Lateralsklerose) zu entwickeln. Die Edelmetalle helfen, die Lebensqualität der von diesen Krankheiten betroffenen Patienten zu verbessern.

Katsunori Tanaka, leitender Wissenschaftler am Forschungszentrum RIKEN
In vivo Edelmetall-Katalyse in Säugetieren zur Behandlung von Krankheiten
Dieses Forschungsvorhaben entwickelt eine Methode, um Anti-Krebs-Wirkstoffe direkt im Patienten in der Nähe des Tumors zu synthetisieren. Dazu werden nacheinander inaktive Grundstoffe des Anti-Krebs-Wirkstoffs injiziert, die erst im Tumor zum Wirkstoff zusammengesetzt werden, unter Mithilfe von edelmetall-katalysierten Proteinen. Das Verfahren eröffnet die Möglichkeit, bisher nicht nutzbare Wirkstoffe zu verwenden, die zwar hochwirksam aber auch sehr giftig sind. Dieses Forschungsvorhaben wurde ausgezeichnet, weil hier Edelmetalle zu künftigen Behandlungsformen mit weit geringeren Nebenwirkungen beitragen können.

Neben diesen beiden Hauptpreisen wurden noch fünf Auszeichnungen in Silber vergeben, außerdem zwei Auszeichnungen für Nachwuchsforscher sowie 14 Förderpreise. Die Liste aller Preisträger gibt es hier. Die Antragsfrist für die Forschungsförderung für das Geschäftsjahr 2018 beginnt im Herbst.

Die Liste aller Preisträger der Tanaka Memorial Foundation 2017 finden Sie hier: Liste der Preisträger

Auskünfte zum Forschungsförderprogramm
Precious Metals Research Grants Office
Marketing Department, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
22F Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6422
TEL: 03-6311-5596 FAX: 03-6311-5529 E-mail: joseikin@ml.tanaka.co.jp
Tanaka Memorial Foundation website: http://tanaka-foundation.or.jp

Tanaka Memorial Foundation
Gründung: 1. April 2015
Sitz: 22F Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Geschäftsführer: Hideya Okamoto (Senior Advisor von Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd.)
Geschäftszweck: Gewährung von Zuschüssen für die Forschung im Bereich der Edelmetalle, um zur Entwicklung und Erweiterung neuer Felder für Edelmetalle sowie zur Entwicklung von Wissenschaft, Technologie und Sozialwirtschaft beizutragen.
Geschäftsfelder: Gewährung von Zuschüssen für die wissenschaftliche und technologische Forschung im Bereich der Edelmetalle. Anerkennung der hervorragenden Analyse von Edelmetallen und Durchführung von Seminaren und anderen Veranstaltungen.

Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
Hauptsitz: Tokyo Building 22F, 7-3, Marunouchi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-6422 Japan
Geschäftsführer: Akira Tanae, geschäftsführendes Vorstandsmitglied
Gründungsjahr: 1885Etablierung: 1918 Kapital: 500 Millionen Yen
Mitarbeiter: 2.269 Beschäftigte (31. März 2017)
Verkäufe: 1.059.003.329.000 Yen (79.998.941 Euro)
Geschäftsinhalt: Produktion, Vertrieb und Import/Export von Edelmetallen (Platin, Gold, Silber etc.) und industriellen Edelmetallprodukten
Webseite: http://pro.tanaka.co.jp/en

Über Tanaka Precious Metals

Der japanische Edelmetallhersteller Tanaka Precious Metals mit Sitz in Tokio wurde 1885 gegründet und hat seitdem ein breitgefächertes Leistungsangebot entwickelt für die Anwendung von Edelmetallen in industriellen Produkten für die Elektronik-, Halbleiter- und Automobilbranche. Seit dem 1. April 2010 gehört Tanaka Precious Metals zur Holdinggesellschaft Tanaka Holdings Co. Ltd. Kooperationen innerhalb des Konzerns ermöglichen Tanaka Precious Metals, seinen Kunden eine noch breitere Produktpalette und umfangreiche Services anzubieten. Das Unternehmen gehört zu den japanischen Spitzenunternehmen im Bereich Edelmetallherstellung und investiert kontinuierlich in Verfahren zur Bereitstellung und Verwendung von Edelmetallen.

Firmenkontakt
Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kazuko Shimano
Tokyo Building 22F, 7-3, Marunouchi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku 0
100-6422 Tokyo
+81-3-6311-5590
k-shima@ml.tanaka.co.jp
http://www.tanaka.co.jp/en/protanaka/inquiry/index.php

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Mara Ebinger
Derendinger Str. 50
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+49 (0)7071-93872-159
m.ebinger@storymaker.de
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For the first time in Switzerland: Degussa in Zurich and Geneva accepts cryptocurrencies for purchasing precious metals

For the first time in Switzerland: Degussa in Zurich and Geneva accepts cryptocurrencies for purchasing precious metals

Degussa Goldbars (Source: Degussa Goldhandel)

Zurich, 2nd March 2018: Degussa Goldhandel AG, based in Zurich, is the first precious metal trader in Switzerland to accept cryptocurrencies as means of payment. Due to the increasing demand, particularly from institutional investors, for the ability to reallocate digital currency stocks to physical gold bars and other precious metals, these clients now have the option to pay at Degussa with Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Portfolio managers, family offices and other larger investors, in particular, have shown a growing interest in the new service for some time.

„Due to numerous inquiries from large-scale investors, who own or manage crypto-money and would like to diversify the portfolio with the „safe haven“ gold, we decided to accept digital currencies and thus to offer investors additional investment options“, states Andreas Hablützel, CEO of Degussa. „We believe cryptocurrencies and the associated blockchain technology is characterised by freedom, security and independence – values which we generally associate with Switzerland as a financial centre, as well as with gold“, continues Hablützel.

In the second phase, probably starting mid-year, private customers will also have the option to use cryptocurrencies to pay for precious metals in the online shop of Degussa Switzerland. Degussa AG already offers cryptocurrency owners the option to store their crypto codes (paper wallets), which are necessary for a crypto transaction, securely in a safe deposit box outside the banking sector.

Digital currencies and the related economic sector are gaining in significance in Switzerland, as can be observed, for example, in the so-called „Crypto Valley Zug“, and are also receiving political support.

Precious metals as well as cryptocurrencies differ in comparison with legal tender, as they cannot be produced in any required number and also are independent from economic policy interventions.

Degussa Goldhandel AG Switzerland is part of the Degussa Group. Degussa Goldhandel GmbH in Germany, Degussa Metales Preciosos in Spain and the London precious metal trader Sharps Pixley also belong to this group.

More information available at www.degussa-goldhandel.ch.

The name Degussa is synonymous with quality and durability like no other in the world of precious metals. Since 2012, the newly founded Degussa Goldhandel AG has been active on the Swiss precious metals market with branches in Zurich and Geneva as well as an online shop. As an internationally operating company handling gold, silver and platinum metals, Degussa has become the market leader among bank-independent precious metal traders in Europe.

Furthermore, Degussa maintains eleven branches in Germany as well as sites in Madrid and London. In addition to bars, coins and numismatics and gold gifts, customers have online shops and services available to them, such as, for example, buying old gold and the secure storage of valuables in a personal safe deposit box.

The Degussa Group achieved a customer turnover of around two billion Swiss francs in 2017. The number of employees increased from 150 in 2016 to over 160 in 2017.

Company-Contact
Degussa Goldhandel AG
Andreas Hablützel
Bleicherweg 41
8002 Zürich
Phone: +41 (0) 44/ 403 4110
Fax: +41 (0) 44/ 403 4115
E-Mail: info@degussa-goldhandel.ch
Url: http://www.degussa-goldhandel.ch

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Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstrasse 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 6172/ 27159 – 0
Fax: +49 (0) 6172/ 27159 – 69
E-Mail: j.gleisner@financial-relations.de
Url: http://www.financial-relations.de

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TANAKA auf der FC EXPO 2018

Erste katalysatorbeschichtete Membran zur Evaluierung von Elektrodenkatalysatoren zur Elektrolyse von Wasser

TANAKA auf der FC EXPO 2018

Tanaka-Stand auf der Expo

Tanaka Precious Metals wird auf der 14. Internationalen Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen Expo FC EXPO 2018 teilnehmen. Die Messe ist eine der weltweit größten zu diesem Thema und findet vom 28. Februar bis 2. März im Tokio Big Sight statt. Tanaka als führender Hersteller von Produkten aus Edelmetallen unterstreicht damit seine Führungsrolle bei der Einführung wasserstoffbasierter Technologien.

Ein Thema auf der Messe wird die Speicherung von Strom aus erneuerbaren Energien sein. Überschüssige elektrische Energie kann genutzt werden, um Wasserstoff über die Elektrolyse von Wasser herzustellen. Dieser Wasserstoff lässt sich speichern und in Brennstoffzellen – mobil in Fahrzeugen oder stationär in Gebäuden – wieder zu Strom umwandeln. Eine weitere Option mit großem Potenzial ist Power-to-Gas. Dabei reagiert der Wasserstoff mit CO2 weiter zu Methan, das Erdgas ersetzen oder in Raffinerien verwendet werden kann. Forschungs- und Entwicklungsprojekte für Power-to-Gas gibt es seit etlichen Jahren vor allem in Europa und die Technologie gilt als Schlüsseltechnologie für den Durchbruch erneuerbarer Energien weltweit.

Tanaka liefert Katalysatormaterialien für die vielversprechende Elektrolyse an Polymermembranen. Das Unternehmen stellt künftig Proben von Membranen mit Katalysatorbeschichtung zur Verfügung, um Forschung, Entwicklung und Evaluation dieser Technologie zu fördern. Dies wird es Geschäftspartnern wie Herstellern von Elektrolyse-Komponenten oder Infrastruktur ermöglichen, die Entwicklungszeiten zu verkürzen. Diese Membrane haben starke katalytische Eigenschaften und dienen künftig als Benchmark in der Entwicklung effizienterer Elektrolyseure mit Polymermembran. Auf der FC EXPO 2018 wird Tanaka diese Membrankatalysatoren mit detaillierten Erläuterungen vorstellen.

Auf der Seite der Brennstoffzelle wird das Unternehmen einen Katalysator zur Oxidation von Kohlenmonixid in PEM-Brennstoffzellen sowie einen wasserstoffdurchlässigen Film mit Palladium-Legierung zeigen. Diese eignen sich für Brennstoffzellen in Haushalten und für Fahrzeuge. Am Stand werden Mitarbeiter von Tanaka die Bedeutung von Edelmetallen für die Brennstoffzellentechnologie und für eine wasserstoffbasierte Gesellschaft erläutern.

Der Stand von Tanaka auf der FC EXPO 2018 – 14. Internationale Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellen-Expo
Dauer: 28. Februar bis 2. Mai 2018, 10 – 18 Uhr (schließt am letzten Tag um 17 Uhr)
Ort: Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo Stand, Tokyo Big Sight (W19-73)
Hauptthemen der Exponate:

Elektroden-Katalysatoren für Wasserelektrolyse
Evaluation von Membranen mit Katalysatorbeschichtung
Diese Elektrodenkatalysatoren werden als Anoden (Sauerstofferzeugungselektrode) für die Wasserelektrolyse eingesetzt. Der Katalysator hat eine große relative Oberfläche und eine geringe Sauerstoff-Überspannung. Die im Katalysator verwendeten katalysator-beschichteten Membranproben dienen der Evaluierung der Elektrolyseleistung.

Elektroden-Katalysatoren für Brennstoffzellen
Bei der Entwicklung von hochaktiven Katalysatoren für Brennstoffzellenkathoden und Katalysatoren mit ausgezeichneter Resistenz gegen Kohlenmonoxid-Vergiftung für Brennstoffzellenanoden kombiniert Tanaka Edelmetall-Katalysatoren und elektrochemische Technologien, die es über viele Jahre entwickelt hat.

Palladium-Legierungen, wasserstoff-durchlässige Filme
Bei der Herstellung von Wasserstoff in Brennstoffzellen verwendet Tanaka Palladium, das als einziges Metall ausschließlich Wasserstoffgas durchlässt, so dass unreine Gase aus Wasserstoffgas entfernt werden. Mit der Technologie zur Herstellung ultradünner Filme und für hohe Reinheiten ist Tanaka in der Lage, reines Wasserstoffgas für verlässliche Prozesse mit hoher Wasserstoff-Durchlässigkeit zu erzeugen.

Abgasreinigungs-Katalysatoren
Katalysatoren für die Reinigung und Desodorierung von unreinen Gasen, die bei der Wasserstoffreinigung anfallen. Metall-Wabenkatalysatoren, die Edelmetallkatalysatoren unterstützen, ermöglichen eine Verbrennung bei niedrigen Temperaturen.

Reformerkatalysator
Ein Reformerkatalysator wird verwendet, um Wasserstoff aus Kohlenwasserstoffen wie Erdgas zu erzeugen. Derzeit entwickelt das Unternehmen Dampfreformerkatalysatoren mit Schwerpunkt auf Methan, einem Hauptbestandteil von Erdgas. Ruthenium wird verwendet, um die Kohlenstoffabscheidung zu hemmen, und Platin-Rhodium, um die Produktion von unerwünschten Nebenprodukten zu hemmen. Da die Aktivität in einem weiten Temperaturbereich abläuft und eine hohe Effektivität auch mit einem geringen Edelmetallvolumen möglich ist, ist der Katalysator kostengünstig.

Edelmetallverbindungen
Edelmetallverbindungen werden in zahlreichen industriellen Bereichen zur Beschichtung und als Katalysatoren eingesetzt. Tanaka kann passend zum Anwendungszweck flexibel eine Reihe von Produkten herstellen, von herkömmlichen Verbindungen wie Gold-Kaliumcyanid und Palladiumchlorid bis hin zu organischen Edelmetallverbindungen, immer mit höchster Qualitätskontrolle.

PROX-Katalysatoren
Diese Katalysatoren verwenden Sauerstoff, um gezielt das Kohlenmonoxid aus dem Reformergas der Brennstoffzellen zu entfernen. Sie zeichnen sich durch hohe Aktivität in einem weiten Temperaturbereich und bei hohen Geschwindigkeiten aus, dank der hohen Dispersion von Edelmetallen. Dies benötigt weniger Edelmetalle was kostengünstige Produkte ermöglicht.

Über Tanaka Precious Metals
Der japanische Edelmetallhersteller Tanaka Precious Metals mit Sitz in Tokio wurde 1885 gegründet und hat seitdem ein breitgefächertes Leistungsangebot entwickelt für die Anwendung von Edelmetallen in industriellen Produkten für die Elektronik-, Halbleiter- und Automobilbranche. Seit dem 1. April 2010 gehört Tanaka Precious Metals zur Holdinggesellschaft Tanaka Holdings Co. Ltd. Kooperationen innerhalb des Konzerns ermöglichen Tanaka Precious Metals, seinen Kunden eine noch breitere Produktpalette und umfangreiche Services anzubieten. Das Unternehmen gehört zu den japanischen Spitzenunternehmen im Bereich Edelmetallherstellung und investiert kontinuierlich in Verfahren zur Bereitstellung und Verwendung von Edelmetallen.

Seit seiner Gründung 1885 hat die Tanaka Precious Metals Gruppe eine breite Palette von Geschäftsaktivitäten rund um Edelmetalle entwickelt. In Japan ist Tanaka führend was das Volumen der Edelmetalle angeht. Über viele Jahre hat Tanaka Precious Metals nicht nur Edelmetalle für die Industrie hergestellt und verkauft, sondern auch für Schmuck und Rohstoffe. Als Spezialist für Edelmetalle arbeiten innerhalb der Unternehmensgruppe in Japan und weltweit Produktion, Vertrieb und Entwicklung eng zusammen, um beste Produkte und Dienstleistungen anzubieten. Mit Metalor Technologies International SA ist 2016 ein weiteres Mitglied zur Unternehmensgruppe gestoßen, das die Globalisierung vorantreibt.

Tanaka Precios Metals / Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd.
(Holding company of Tanaka Precious Metals)
Hauptsitz: Tokyo Building 22F, 7-3, Marunouchi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-6422 Japan
Geschäftsführer: Akira Tanae, geschäftsführendes Vorstandsmitglied
Gründungsjahr: 1885Etablierung: 1918 *Kapital: 500 Millionen Yen
Mitarbeiter der gesamten Gruppe: 5.120 Beschäftigte (Geschäftsjahr 2016)
Konsolidierter Gruppenumsatz: 1.064.259.000.000 Yen (80.395.964 Euro) (Geschäftsjahr 2016)
Geschäftsinhalte der Gruppe: Als eine Holdinggesellschaft, die das Zentrum der Tanaka Kikinzoku-Gruppe ist, die strategische und effiziente Führung der Gruppe und Management-Beratung für Konzernunternehmen
Webseite: http://www.tanaka.co.jp/english (Tanaka Precious Metals),
http://pro.tanaka.co.jp/en (Industrial products)
* Seit dem 1. April 2010 gehört Tanaka Precious Metals zur Holdinggesellschaft Tanaka Holdings Co.Ltd.

Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
Hauptsitz: Tokyo Building 22F, 7-3, Marunouchi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-6422 Japan
Geschäftsführer: Akira Tanae, geschäftsführendes Vorstandsmitglied
Gründungsjahr: 1885Etablierung: 1918 Kapital: 500 Millionen Yen
Mitarbeiter: 2.269 Beschäftigte (31. März 2017)
Verkäufe: 1.059.003.329.000 Yen (79.998.941 Euro)
Geschäftsinhalt: Produktion, Vertrieb und Import/Export von Edelmetallen (Platin, Gold, Silber etc.) und industriellen Edelmetallprodukten
Webseite: http://pro.tanaka.co.jp/en

Firmenkontakt
Tanaka Holding Co. Ltd.
Kazumo Shimano
Marunouchi 2-chome 7-3
100-6422 Tokyo
+81-3-6311-5590
k-shima@ml.tanako.co.jp
http://www.tanaka.co.jp/en/protanaka/inquiry/index.php

Pressekontakt
Storymaker GmbH
Mara Ebinger
Derendinger Straße 50
72072 Tübingen
07071 – 9387-159
m.ebinger@storymaker.de
http://www.storymaker.de

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Degussa Goldhandel expands into the Asian market: new branch office opened in Singapore

Degussa Goldhandel expands into the Asian market: new branch office opened in Singapore

Degussa branch office Singapore

Frankfurt am Main, 29 October 2015: Degussa Goldhandel GmbH is represented by a branch office in Singapore with immediate effect. The company is thus pushing ahead with its national and international expansion strategy. In addition to its ten locations in Germany and three other European representative offices in Madrid, Zürich and Geneva, Europe’s largest precious metals trader is now also active in the Asian gold market. Numerous guests attended the opening celebrations on Wednesday evening, including Dr Michael Witter, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and were provided with an initial insight into the services offered and the new premises.

„Within just a few decades, Singapore has progressed from being an emerging country into a highly developed industrial nation and enjoys a reputation as a highly significant international financial centre. Due to its dynamic economy and stable political system, Singapore is very popular with Asian investors especially“, explains Raphael Scherer, Chief International Officer (CIO) of Degussa Goldhandel GmbH and responsible for the international development of the precious metal trader. „For our international expansion strategy, with which we have been continuously pressing ahead since 2013, the Asian market represents the next logical step after the locations we have opened in Europe. The high demand in the investment field and the popularity of gold products with the local customers make Singapore a location that we regard as having a high growth potential for Degussa.“

The branch office is located in Orchard Road, the most famous shopping street in the Southeast Asian metropolis. The customer can choose from Degussa’s varied product portfolio presented on almost 300 square metres of floor space. For example, precious metal investment products, such as the classic Degussa gold and silver bars, and investment coins such as the Krugerrand and Canadian Maple Leaf are on offer. In addition, an extensive range of gifts made of gold, special medals and limited Degussa thaler complete the product line. Customers also have access to a total of 1,300 safety deposit boxes that guarantee secure storage of the precious metals or other objects of value purchased.

Furthermore, Degussa offers its new customers in Singapore a very special highlight: until the end of this year, the world-renowned „Industry Collection of Gold Bars Worldwide“, the so-called „Rothschild collection“ which is now part of the „Collection Degussa“, will be on display in the Singapore branch office. It is the most significant and largest collection of contemporary gold bars in the world and comprises over one thousand artistically and historically valuable bars from 145 manufacturers in 35 countries. The total weight of the collection is somewhat in excess of 230 kilograms of pure gold and represents an estimated material value of EUR seven million.

Further information can be found at www.degussa-pm.sg (http://www.degussa-pm.sg)

About Degussa Goldhandel
The name Degussa is synonymous worldwide with quality and reliability in the field of precious metals. The newly founded Degussa Goldhandel GmbH has been active in the precious metals market since 2011. The head office of the company is located in Frankfurt am Main. Currently, Degussa also offers its products and services at branch offices in Stuttgart, Munich (2), Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Nuremberg, Hannover and Pforzheim. In addition, Degussa is also represented in Singapore by Degussa Precious Metals Asia Pte Ltd., in Zürich and Geneva by Degussa Goldhandel AG and in Madrid by the Spanish company Degussa Metales Preciosos, S.L. Degussa’s comprehensive portfolio is completed by an online shop available to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and offers prices continuously adjusted to reflect the international precious metals markets, high availability and fast processing. Since August 2014, Degussa has also operated its own precious metals refinery in Pforzheim, which reprocesses („separates“) scrap precious metals and also manufactures upstream products for the jewellery industry.

Products and services:
Apart from its own precious metal bars made of gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium, with their characteristic sun/moon logo, that enjoy a worldwide reputation, Degussa also offers a wide range of collectors‘ and investment coins. Leading experts in the field of numismatics are available to customers for the assessment, sale and purchase of historical coins ranging from antiques to those from more recent times. Precious metal stocks can be stored at Degussa’s central storage facility for high-value items, and some Degussa branch offices also offer the option of storing valuables in a personal safety deposit box.

Purchase of scrap precious metals:
Jewellery no longer used, silverware, damaged precious metal bars and coins as well as precious metal products used in industry are all purchased at fair prices and then recycled.

Firmenkontakt
Degussa Goldhandel GmbH
Ellen Gschaider
Kettenhofweg 29
60325 Frankfurt am Main
+49 69 860068-294
+49 69 860068-222
ellen.gschaider@degussa-goldhandel.de
http://www.degussa-goldhandel.de

Pressekontakt
fr financial relations gmbh
Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstr. 97
61348 Bad Homburg
+49 (0) 6172/27159-0
+49 (0) 6172/27159-69
j.gleisner@financial-relations.de
http://www.financial-relations.de

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Gold investment in Geneva: Degussa Goldhandel AG opens second branch office in Switzerland

Gold investment in Geneva: Degussa Goldhandel AG opens second branch office in Switzerland

Degussa branch office Geneva (Source: @Degussa Goldhandel)

Zurich/ Geneva, 25 June 2015 – Degussa Goldhandel AG Switzerland has opened a branch office in Geneva and, with its head office in Zurich, is therefore now represented in the two largest cities in Switzerland. Close to the waterside promenade at Lake Geneva, Degussa will from now on offer its customers the entire range of its goods and services, from investment products such as gold bars and coins to limited-edition plaques and gift products. Safe-deposit boxes in seven different sizes are available in a highly-modern depot for the safe storage of precious metals and other valuables – irrespective of whether they were purchased at Degussa.

Andreas Hablützel, CEO of Degussa Goldhandel AG says: „For us as the largest bullion dealer in Switzerland, the city of Geneva is an ideal location for our second branch office because of its significance as a financial metropolis, its high internationality and its central geographic position. We see a high potential demand, not only in the area of bullion investment, but also for our gift products such as for example pieces of jewellery, silver pens and our exclusive collection of gold watches.“

Hablützel adds that the opening of the new branch office in Geneva is also entirely consistent with the international expansion strategy of the parent company, the Degussa Goldhandel group. The group is now the market leader in Europe and has offices in Germany, Switzerland, London and Madrid. „We are also focusing more on developing global markets, for example in Asia and South America; accordingly a Degussa branch in Singapore will be opening this summer“, says Hablützel.

Degussa“s Geneva office also offers its full range of physical bullion. Investment bars and coins in gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium are available in a variety of weight categories. A specially designed salesroom in the shop is dedicated to the wide range of gift products and presents the different products clearly. Customers also have the opportunity to purchase special motif bars and limited-edition medals as well as special collections and numismatic coins. Customers can also have their old gold, for example pieces of jewellery that they no longer wear, valued by Degussa experts and if they wish they can sell them directly on-site.

The branch office is located at Quai du Mont-Blanc 5. It is open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs and can be contacted by telephone on +41 (0)22 908 14 00.

For further information, please go to www.degussa-goldhandel.ch www.degussa-goldhandel.ch (http://www.degussa-goldhandel.ch)

About Degussa Goldhandel (Gold trading)
Degussa as a brand is a synonym for quality and reliability in the field of precious metals. Degussa Goldhandel AG, Switzerland, has been active in the precious metals market since 2012. The head office of Degussa Goldhandel GmbH is located in Frankfurt am Main. Degussa products and services are available at branch offices in Stuttgart, Munich (2), Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Nuremberg, Hannover and Pforzheim as well as in Madrid and at Degussa Goldhandel AG in Zurich. The comprehensive portfolio of Degussa is completed by an online shop, available to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which offers constantly updated prices, high availability and fast processing. In August 2014, Degussa Group acquired its own precious metals refinery in Pforzheim, Germany. The refinery is active in the reprocessing of scrap precious metals as well as the production of upstream products for the jewellery industry.

Products and Services
Apart from its worldwide known precious metal bars made of gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium with the characteristic diamond-shaped Sun / Moon logo, Degussa also offers a wide range of bullion and collector coins. Top-class experts are available to customers in the field of numismatics for the assessment as well as for sale and purchase of historical coins ranging from antiques to those of recent times. Clients have the possibility of storing their precious metals stocks at Degussa“s high-value storage facility and at certain branches Degussa offers safe-deposit lockers. Furthermore, Degussa has a „VAT-free“ storage facility which is also available to its customers.

Purchase of scrap precious metals
Jewellery no longer being used, silverware, damaged precious metal bars and coins as well as industrially utilized precious metal products are purchased at reasonable prices and recycled.

Firmenkontakt
Degussa Goldhandel AG
Andreas Hablützel
Bleicherweg 41
8002 Zürich
+41 (0) 44/ 403 4110
+41 (0) 44/ 403 4115
info@degussa-goldhandel.ch
www.degussa-goldhandel.ch

Pressekontakt
financial relations
Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstrasse 97
61348 Bad Homburg
+49 (0) 6172/ 27159 – 0
+49 (0) 6172/ 27159 – 69
j.gleisner@financial-relations.de
www.financial-relations.de

Business Economy Finances

German Investors buy significantly more Gold – Degussa experiences record sales this November

German Investors buy significantly more Gold - Degussa experiences record sales this November

(Source: @Degussa Goldhandel)

Frankfurt am Main, 23rd December, 2014 – Compared to the previous months, German investors have bought significantly more precious metals in November. Both the demand for gold and for silver have risen. Degussa estimates the total sale of gold in November to be around 15 tons, with a value of about 450 million Euro, approximately 40% above the monthly average this year. Despite the record month of November, Degussa expects a slight decline in total for the year 2014 in Germany, from 121 tons in 2013, down to 116 tons.

The high demand for gold in the past months has also elevated the Degussa business itself. In November, Degussa was able to record the strongest revenues since 2011. The high demand for investment metals was evident in the Degussa branch offices, as well as in its online store. Gold items, especially medium-sized bars, weighing an ounce, one hundred grams or up to 250 grams, are still extremely popular. Silver is also very popular, shown by the fact that one ounce investment coins from Canada and Australia were bought very frequently.

„The most important reason for institutional and private investors to buy precious metals is the prevailing insecurity concerning the further development of the economy and financial industry“, explains Wolfgang Wrzesniok-Roßbach, CEO and speaker for the Degussa management. „We have not noticed any „panic buying“, which we did when the financial crisis was at its peak. Investors now prefer to shift money within their portfolios. The amount of people who invest for the first time is remarkably high as well“.

The demand for gold and silver within the last weeks was, according to Degussa, also triggered by the temporary price drop. Wolfgang Wrzesniok-Roßbach states: „Nowadays investors are well-informed and make sure to take advantage of a reasonable purchase price“.

The increased demand for precious metals led to considerably longer delivery periods on the side of the gold producers and state mints, since the demand also grew stronger on the US and Asian markets. The shortage of supplies of the South African Krugerrand led to a temporary doubling of the premium, which as the gold price fell, caused a slower dropping of coin prices than the international gold price noted in London.

„Degussa is not affected by the current shortages“, says Wolfgang Wrzesniok-Roßbach. „Through our expanded stock and the exclusive reservation of production capacity with the manufacturers, we can always guarantee to deliver the items on time“.

The other Degussa business branches are seeing significant developments as well, for example the increasing business in scrap gold. There is also a noticeably higher demand for the Degussa storage service, since many new customers take advantage of a centralised, but still customer-assigned, storing of precious metals. Hence almost all customers favour domestic storage.

About Degussa Goldhandel (Gold trading)
Degussa as a brand is a synonym for quality and reliability in the field of precious metals. Degussa Goldhandel GmbH has been active in the precious metals market since 2011. The head office of the company is located in Frankfurt am Main. Degussa products and services are available at branch offices in Stuttgart, Munich (2), Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Nuremberg, Hannover and Pforzheim as well as at Degussa Goldhandel AG in Zurich. The comprehensive portfolio of Degussa is completed by an online shop, available to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which offers constantly updated prices, high availability and fast processing. In August 2014, Degussa Group acquired its own precious metals refinery in Pforzheim, Germany. The refinery is active in the reprocessing of scrap precious metals as well as the production of upstream products for the jewellery industry.

Products and Services:
Apart from its worldwide known precious metal bars made of gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium with the characteristic diamond-shaped Sun / Moon logo, Degussa also offers a wide range of bullion and collector coins. Top-class experts are available to customers in the field of numismatics for the assessment as well as for sale and purchase of historical coins ranging from antiques to those of recent times. Clients have the possibility of storing their precious metals stocks at Degussa“s high-value storage facility and at certain branches Degussa offers safe-deposit lockers. Furthermore, Degussa has a „VAT-free“ storage facility which is also available to its customers.

Purchase of scrap precious metals:
Jewellery no longer being used, silverware, damaged precious metal bars and coins as well as industrially utilized precious metal products are purchased at reasonable prices and recycled.

Firmenkontakt
Degussa Goldhandel GmbH
Julia Kramer
Kettenhofweg 29
60325 Frankfurt am Main
+49 69 860068-285
+49 69 860068-222
julia.kramer@degussa-goldhandel.de
http://www.degussa-goldhandel.de

Pressekontakt
fr financial relations gmbh
Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstr. 97
61348 Bad Homburg
+49 (0) 6172/27159-0
+49 (0) 6172/27159-69
j.gleisner@financial-relations.de
http://www.financial-relations.de

Business Economy Finances

Responsible Gold Audit successfully passed

Responsible Gold Audit successfully passed

PwC confirms that Heraeus´ internal rules comply with the LBMA requirements.

Heraeus certified as a refiner of conflict-free gold products by the London Bullion Market Association

Precious metals and technology group Heraeus (http://heraeus-precious-metals.com/) has been certified by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the past business year 2013 as a refiner of conflict-free gold products in accordance with the standards of the London Bullion Market Association ( LBMA (http://www.lbma.org.uk/) ). The LBMA has set up a guidance system for gold which is mandatory for its members. It certifies that its members have no involvement in extracting the precious metal from regions affected by armed conflicts or serious violations of human rights. Argor Heraeus is accordingly also being independently certified. Since the financial year 2012, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) conducts annual audits with Heraeus, among others in Hanau (Germany), Hong Kong (China) and at the premises in Newark, NJ (USA).

Established Rules
PwC confirms that Heraeus´ internal rules comply with the LBMA requirements and in many cases even exceed them. The guidelines of Heraeus are not limited to Gold only but focus on all precious metals and additional special metals, particularly on the 3 T´s: tungsten, tin, and tantalum. The Responsible Gold audit confirms that the individual business units of Heraeus as well as its precious metals trade only use conflict-free products.

Mines audited
Heraeus uses a number of indicators to be able to exclude systematically contributing to conflicts, human rights violations, environmental pollution as well as child and forced labor worldwide. All mines Heraeus cooperates with have been audited in this regard, either by Heraeus itself or by independent audit firms. Heraeus also requests that its trading partners for precious metals confirm their compliance with this sourcing policy.

Background information: LBMA
The LBMA is an international organization setting trading standards as well as uniform conditions for its members with regard to the quality standards for gold and silver bullions. In addition to the physical product requirements, this also includes sustainability aspects. The OECD (http://www.oecd.org) (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) defines in its guidance the so-called conflict minerals and their handling in the supply chain of companies.
The conflicts caused by the extraction of raw materials around the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa were the reason for the LBMA in cooperation with the OECD to regulate the requirements for producers of so-called Good Delivery products, also regarding their sourcing.

The Hanau-based precious metal and technology group Heraeus is a globally active family-run enterprise with a history of more than 160 years. We provide high-end solutions to our customers to lastingly strengthen their competitive position. Our areas of competence include precious metals, materials and technologies, sensors, biomaterials and medical devices, quartz glass and specialty light sources. In the financial year 2013, Heraeus achieved a revenue from the sale of products of EUR3.6 bn, while the revenue from precious metal trading was EUR13.5 bn. With about 12,500 employees in more than 110 companies world-wide, Heraeus is in a leading position on its global sales markets.

Kontakt
Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG
Guido Matthes
Heraeusstr. 12-14
63450 Hanau
+49-6181.35 4583
guido.matthes@heraeus.com
http://www.heraeus-clevios.com

Sonstiges

Degussa acquires precious metals refinery in Pforzheim, Germany

Degussa acquires precious metals refinery in Pforzheim, Germany

Frankfurt am Main, 13 August 2014 – Degussa Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Schellhorn & Roth GmbH & Co. KG precious metals refinery in Pforzheim, Germany.

With the acquisition of this well established and traditional business, Degussa now expands its activities beyond just the trading of precious metals products and into additional parts of the value added chain.

The acquisition of the company in Pforzheim, which filed for insolvency under its former owner earlier this year, strengthens Degussa in two specialist fields. Firstly, the reprocessing of scrap precious metals such as jewellery, investment metals or production waste, and secondly the production of upstream products, i.e. semi-finished parts for the jewellery industry.

„The acquisition of the refinery allows us to further complement our product and service portfolio“, explains Wolfgang Wrzesniok-Rossbach, CEO of Degussa. „The entry into the industrial processing of precious metals is the next logical step in the course of Degussa“s expansion. Incidentally, the historical Degussa also had its roots in the production and recycling of gold and silver products“, he added.

Degussa expressly thanked the administrator Alexander Saponjic who had successfully managed the company over the past few months and now hands it over to the Frankfurt based precious metals company. In the following months, Degussa will gradually modernise its new Pforzheim branch with state-of-the-art processing technology.

To date, the acquired Schellhorn & Roth refinery, which was founded in 1946, has been one of the smaller precious metals refiners in Pforzheim. Since 1984, the production has been located at the company“s current site in Pforzheim which will also be maintained after the acquisition by Degussa. Degussa will retain the employees of Schellhorn & Roth in the newly formed division of the business. The executive responsibility for the on-site production will be carried out by Mr Joachim Prior. Being the former technical manager at PRIOR Engineering Services AG, Switzerland, he contributes a comprehensive wealth of experience.

About Degussa Goldhandel (Gold trading)
Degussa as a brand is a synonym for quality and reliability in the field of precious metals. Degussa Goldhandel GmbH has been active in the precious metals market since 2011. The head office of the company is located in Frankfurt am Main. Degussa products and services are available at branch offices in Stuttgart, Munich (2), Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin and Nuremberg as well as at Degussa Goldhandel AG in Zurich. The comprehensive portfolio of Degussa is completed by an online shop, available to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which offers constantly updated prices, high availability and fast processing.

Products and Services:
Apart from its worldwide known precious metal bars made of gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium with the characteristic diamond-shaped Sun / Moon logo, Degussa also offers a wide range of bullion and collector coins. Top-class experts are available to customers in the field of numismatics for the assessment as well as for sale and purchase of historical coins ranging from antiques to those of recent times. Clients have the possibility of storing their precious metals stocks at Degussa’s high-value storage facility and at certain branches Degussa offers safe-deposit lockers. Furthermore, Degussa has a “VAT-free” storage facility which is also available to its customers.

Purchase of scrap precious metals:
Jewellery no longer being used, silverware, damaged precious metal bars and coins as well as industrially utilized precious metal products are purchased at reasonable prices and recycled.

Firmenkontakt
Degussa Goldhandel GmbH
Frau Julia Kramer
Kettenhofweg 29
60325 Frankfurt am Main
+49 69 860068-285
julia.kramer@degussa-goldhandel.de
http://www.degussa-goldhandel.de

Pressekontakt
fr financial relations gmbh
Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstr. 97
60325 Bad Homburg
+49 6172 27159-0
julia.kramer@degussa-goldhandel.de
http://www.financial-relations.de

Art Culture

Degussa acquires world’s largest collection of gold bars

Degussa acquires world

Part of the Industry Collection of Gold Bars Worldwide

Frankfurt/Main, 19 May 2014 – Degussa Goldhandel GmbH has acquired „The Industry Collection of Gold Bars Worldwide“, the largest and most important collection of contemporary gold bars worldwide. It includes over one thousand culturally and historically important bars of 145 manufacturers from 35 countries and was founded in 1993 by N.M. Rothschild & Sons (Australia) Limited. The collection, which is also often referred to as the „Rothschild Collection“, is of important historical and cultural significance for the gold industry as it illustrates the extraordinary variety of gold bars from all over the world.

The total weight of the collection is slightly more than 230 kilogrammes of fine gold, with a pure market value of approximately seven million Euros (approximately ten million US Dollar).

The Australian arm of legendary merchant bank N.M. Rothschild & Sons had been the owner and administrator of the Industry Collection since its establishment in 1993 and held that role until the Rothschild Group withdrew from the gold market in 2004. In 2005 the collection moved into the custodianship of the Western Australian Mint, widely known as „The Perth Mint“, with Grendon International Research Pty Ltd acting as the curator, as it had done since 1993.

In addition to the presentations at „The Perth Mint“ in Western Australia, the collection has been shown at various exhibitions across Europe, North and South America and Asia during the last twenty years.

The acquisition of the collection will reinforce Degussa“s role as a leading player in the German and international gold and precious metals trading world and further arouse public interest in the topic of gold and precious metals.

„By acquiring this extraordinary collection, Degussa has made a significant step in expanding the already existing „Degussa Collection““, says Wolfgang Wrzesniok-Rossbach, CEO of Degussa. „We had already accumulated a wide variety of historical bars in the last three years, ranging from artefacts that originate in the Bronze Age, the Roman Empire, the Dark Age and – as one of the highlights – from a number of treasures recovered from sunken ships such as the Atocha, a Spanish galleon that sank in a hurricane off the coast of Florida in 1622.“

As a result of the recent acquisition the Degussa Collection now also offers a most valuable insight in the area of contemporary investment bars from the 20th century. In addition to the Rothschild Collection Degussa has also added a wide variety of other items, like crucibles, dore samples, bar moulds and other periphery objects that illustrate the world of gold production and fabrication per se. Selected pieces from the collection will be shown, among others, at temporary exhibitions in Degussa offices in Germany, Switzerland and England in the future. Besides that, the collection will also be made available on a loan-basis to national and international exhibitors who would be interested in this varied assemblage. Bildquelle:kein externes Copyright

About Degussa Goldhandel (Gold trading)
Degussa as a brand is a synonym for quality and reliability in the field of precious metals. Degussa Goldhandel GmbH has been active in the precious metals market since 2011. The head office of the company is located in Frankfurt am Main. Degussa products and services are available at branch offices in Stuttgart, Munich (2), Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin and Nuremberg as well as at Degussa Goldhandel AG in Zurich. The comprehensive portfolio of Degussa is completed by an online shop, available to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which offers constantly updated prices, high availability and fast processing.

Products and Services:
Apart from its worldwide known precious metal bars made of gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium with the characteristic diamond-shaped Sun / Moon logo, Degussa also offers a wide range of bullion and collector coins. Top-class experts are available to customers in the field of numismatics for the assessment as well as for sale and purchase of historical coins ranging from antiques to those of recent times. Clients have the possibility of storing their precious metals stocks at Degussa“s high-value storage facility and at certain branches Degussa offers safe-deposit lockers. Furthermore, Degussa has a „VAT-free“ storage facility which is also available to its customers.

Purchase of scrap precious metals:
Jewellery no longer being used, silverware, damaged precious metal bars and coins as well as industrially utilized precious metal products are purchased at reasonable prices and recycled.

Degussa Goldhandel GmbH
Julia Kramer
Kettenhofweg 29
60325 Frankfurt am Main
+49 69 860068-285
julia.kramer@degussa-goldhandel.de
http://www.degussa-goldhandel.de

fr financial relations gmbh
Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstr. 97
61348 Bad Homburg
+49 6172 27159-0
j.gleisner@financial-relations.de
http://www.financial-relations.de