Tradition and future – for over 550 years
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As a traditional Austrian company, we shape the future based on our many years of experience and history:

Copper and silver have been our passion for over 550 years!

We export over 80% of what we produce. Our products are characterised by high market recognition, excellent quality and wide-ranging application areas. The “BRX” brand is a well-known trademark across the globe.

Copper and silver ore were mined in Tyrol and refined into pure metals in Brixlegg into the 20th century. As mining declined, from around 1890 onwards, ever-larger amounts of copper-containing secondary materials have been used as raw materials for producing metal in place of ore. Montanwerke Brixlegg is now purely an upcycling company. With over 300 employees at this Brixlegg location, Montanwerke Brixlegg AG is one of the most important industry leaders in Western Austria.

The plant in Brixlegg uses cutting-edge technology in the area of copper recycling and the associated copper refining. In order to fend off international competition, the processes for extracting valuable metals are continuously developed further. Montanwerke Brixlegg AG works closely with both Austrian and international universities and colleges.

All processes and products are certified according to EN ISO 9001, which is a high standard of quality and is recognised worldwide. The company is also certified according to ISO 14001 and as a waste management company.

Our guiding principles ensure future-orientated cooperation of the highest quality:

Quality

Efficiency

Flexibility

Our values are quality, efficiency and flexibility.

These values make up our code of conduct, which helps us to follow our path together, implement our strategies as quickly, simply and as safely as possible and to achieve our goals.


EVERYTHING THAT WE DO SHOULD RESULT IN THE HIGHEST QUALITY.

Our products, skills and specialist knowledge of our employees and managers, the reliability and delivery dependability in all of our customer relationships at home and abroad are orientated towards this goal.

For us, this means:

  • open communication
  • complementary compromising and a common approach
  • consistent continuing training
  • daily participation of all those involved through suggestions for improvement

Our values are quality, efficiency and flexibility.

These values make up our code of conduct, which helps us to follow our path together, implement our strategies as quickly, simply and as safely as possible and to achieve our goals.


ACHIEVING MAXIMUM SUCCESS WITH THE MEANS AVAILABLE!

As a business, we feel responsible both to ourselves and our owners for achieving long-term profits in order to secure the company’s continued existence, as well as our own positions.

For us, this means:

  • prudent use of all resources
  • consistent analysis of all ongoing processes
  • critical evaluation of existing procedures
  • implementation of necessary changes
  • continuous improvement of all processes

Our values are quality, efficiency and flexibility.

These values make up our code of conduct, which helps us to follow our path together, implement our strategies as quickly, simply and as safely as possible and to achieve our goals.


APPROACHING NEW TASKS WITH COURAGE!

Mistakes may well result from this, but then they are to be seen as an opportunity and as motivation to improve and for lifelong learning. This is a challenge for everyone.

For us, this means:

  • reacting quickly to new market situations
  • ongoing adaptation to the state-of-the-art
  • customised solutions for customer requirements
  • open acceptance of changing workplace requirements

Montanwerke Brixlegg AG is proud of its 550-year-long history and is conscious of the responsibility that this tradition means for the future.

2018
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The electrolysis capacity is increased to 122,000 t/year, achieving a new record value.
2013
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Montanwerke Brixlegg AG celebrated its 550th birthday in 2013 – 550 years that the company has been shaping this region and has been conscious of the responsibility that this tradition means for the future.
2012
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On 4 April 2012, Montanwerke Brixlegg Aktiengesellschaft and Gindre Duchavany S.A. in Point de Chéruy, France, along with their subsidiaries were acquired by UMCOR Holding GmbH, Vienna (subsidiary of UMCOR AG, Zurich).
2011
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Montanwerke Brixlegg AG introduced a 50 kA high current system and expanded its stockyard in the same year.
2007
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The electrolysis plant's capacity is increased to 108.000 t/year.
2002
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The copper foundry Kovohuty, a.s. in Krompachy (Slovakia) was acquired by Montanwerke Brixlegg AG in 2002. Kovohuty, a.s. employs a staff of 150 and is a recycling company that annually produces around 60,000 t of anode copper from copper-containing secondary raw materials. Further processing into cathodes takes place in Brixlegg.
2000
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Montanwerke Brixlegg AG expanded with an Asarco shaft furnace.
1988
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Since 1988, Montanwerke Brixlegg has been one of Europe's most modern copper producers with the commissioning of an electrolysis plant based on completely new technology with an annual capacity of 50,000 tonnes of the highest-quality cathode copper. Austria's only copper foundry is purely a recycling company. Copper, nickel, tin, lead, zinc and precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum and palladium are recovered from scrap and other metal-containing materials.
1953
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With further modernisation to the copper electrolysis in 1953, the annual capacity of the foundry increased to 13,000 tonnes of copper. 500 years prior to this, the foundries of the local ruler near Brixlegg only produced around 40 tonnes of copper.
1940
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Montanwerke Brixlegg GmbH was founded in Berlin on 15 August 1940, prior to that the business had belonged to the German Reich since 1938. In 1945, bomb attacks virtually decimated the foundry. The reconstruction was completed on 30 June 1947 and the first black copper was smelted in the shaft furnace. Then other copper ores were also smelted again by the Mitterberg copper mine in Mühlbach am Hochkönig in the Austrian state of Salzburg.
1937
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The annual production of copper cathodes was 1.900 t.
1925
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In 1925, the first converters with a filter system were put into operation. Copper products from Brixlegg were used all over Austria: Brixlegg copper sheets were used on the rooftops of the Parliament Building, the Palace of Justice and Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. Coin metals from Brixlegg were supplied to the mint in Halle and mint departments in Vienna, Milan and Venice.
1904
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In 1904, 95 tonnes of electrolyte copper were produced. Since hardly any more ore could be supplied, the foundry began to produce copper from high-grade scrap metal alloys, such as brass, bronze and red bronze.
1885
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With the increasing use of electricity, very pure copper had been being produced since 1885 through the introduction of large-scale refining electrolysis. Since this time, copper sulphate has been generated as a by-product.
1687
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In 1687 and 1718 two granaries were built on the Inn River mainly to provide provisions for the mine and metalworkers, but also for the rest of the inhabitants. In total there were three of these granaries, the third of which must have already existed at that point as it was already mentioned in the 16th century.
1560
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Four smelting works operated in Brixlegg in 1560. Socage ores from the local rulers from Schwaz, Kitzbühel, vom Schneeberg, vom Gossensasser and Pfunderer Berg, von Nals, Terlan, from the Mining Court of Imst and form other locations were smelted. Private unions and self-employed miners could also have their ores processed here.
1505
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Since 1505, the Unterinntal silver mining smelting works of the local ruler were located in the place of where Montanwerke stands today. Incidentally, the Montanwerke are the only copper smelting works in Austria.
1463
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The Brixlegg copper and silver smelting works were first documented in 1463. The Bavarian duke, Louis the Rich, laid the cornerstone of the works in the small town of Brixlegg, which still belonged to Bavaria at that time. The economic development of the smelting works was closely linked to ore mining in Tyrol up until the 20th century.
1416
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The historically documented restart of mining in the Brixlegg mining district occurred towards the end of the Middle Ages. According to a goods catalogue from a local ruler dated 1416, mining took place at six locations near Rattenberg. Brixlegg, which was still of little importance at that time, was under Rattenberg rule and belonged to the duchy of Bavaria, along with Kufstein and Kitzbühel.
9000 BC
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The discovery of copper (image: James John)
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The Executive Board of Montanwerke Brixlegg AG consists of:

DR. DIETMAR LEITLMEIER (CTO)

dietmar.leitlmeier@montanwerke-brixlegg.com

MAG. GABRIELE PUNZ-PRAXMARER (CFO)

gabriele.punz@montanwerke-brixlegg.com

DIPL.-ING. UWE SCHMIDT (CCO)

uwe.schmidt@montanwerke-brixlegg.com

Ownership structure

99% Umcor Holding GmbH
1% Umcor AG

KOVOHUTY, A.S. [KROMPACHY, SLOVAKIA]

The copper foundry Kovohuty, a.s. in Krompachy (Slovakia) was acquired by Montanwerke Brixlegg AG in 2002. Kovohuty, a.s. employs a staff of 150 and is a recycling company that annually produces around 48,000 t of anode copper from copper-containing secondary raw materials. Further processing into cathodes takes place in Brixlegg.

WASSERKRAFTWERKE GMBH

Montanwerke Brixlegg AG holds a 100% share of Montanwerke Brixlegg Wasserkraftwerke GmbH. This company operates three small hydroelectric plants in Alpbach with a total capacity of 18.1 million kWh. This corresponds to approx. 20-25% of the total electricity requirement of Montanwerke Brixlegg Aktiengesellschaft. The third plant (Alpsteg) was comissioned in June 2009.