Tradition and future – for over 550 years
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We’re a traditional Austrian company that’s shaping the future:

We’ve been passionate about copper and silver for over 550 years!

We export over 80% of what we produce. Our products boast high market recognition, excellent quality, and numerous areas of application. 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 has 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 based at our Brixlegg location, Montanwerke Brixlegg AG is a key industry leader in western Austria.

Our Brixlegg plant uses cutting-edge technology for copper recycling and refining. To stay on top of our steep international competition, we continuously refine our processes for extracting valuable metals, working closely together with both Austrian and international universities.

All of our processes and products are certified according to EN ISO 9001, a stringent quality standard that is recognized worldwide. Our company is also certified as a waste management company, and our environmental management system is certified according to ISO 14001.

Our guiding values – quality, efficiency, and flexibility – ensure strong, future-oriented cooperation.

Quality

Efficiency

Flexibility

These values underlie our code of conduct, which helps us all stay on target, implement our strategies as quickly, simply, and as safely as possible, and achieve our goals.


WE AIM TO ACHIEVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY IN EVERYTHING THAT WE DO

Everything we offer is aligned towards this goal: our products, the reliability and delivery dependability we cultivate in all our customer relationships, both domestically and internationally, and the skills and specialist knowledge of our employees and managers.

We emphasize:

  • Open communication
  • Mutual compromises and shared goals
  • Consistent, continuous training
  • Daily participation of all relevant stakeholders, who provide suggestions for improvement

These values underlie our code of conduct, which helps us all stay on target, implement our strategies as quickly, simply, and as safely as possible, and achieve our goals.


WE SUCCEED BY MAKING GOOD USE OF ALL AVAILABLE MEANS

We feel a sense of responsibility – towards ourselves as well as towards our shareholders – to achieve long-term profits so that we can secure our company’s continued existence.

This calls for:

  • 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

These values underlie our code of conduct, which helps us all stay on target, implement our strategies as quickly, simply, and as safely as possible, and achieve our goals.


WE WELCOME NEW TASKS AND CHALLENGES!

We’re not afraid to make mistakes when trying new things; we see these challenges as opportunities and motivation to improve. All of us are committed to lifelong learning.

In keeping with this mindset, we:

  • React quickly to new market developments
  • Keep our processes and workflows cutting-edge
  • Provide customized solutions to meet customer requirements
  • Stay open to changing workplace requirements

Here at Montanwerke Brixlegg AG, we’re proud of our 550-year history and conscious of the responsibility we have to carry on our traditions into the future.

2018
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Electrolysis capacity is increased to 122,000 metric tons/year: a new record.
2013
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Montanwerke Brixlegg AG celebrates its 550th birthday. We have been shaping our local region for over half a millennium, and remain conscious of the responsibility we have to uphold our traditions into 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, are acquired by UMCOR Holding GmbH, Vienna (a subsidiary of UMCOR AG, Zurich).
2011
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Montanwerke Brixlegg AG introduces a 50 kA high-current system and expands its stockyard.
2007
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The electrolysis plant’s capacity is increased to 108,000 metric tons/year.
2002
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Montanwerke Brixlegg AG acquires the copper foundry Kovohuty, a.s. in Krompachy, Slovakia. Kovohuty, a.s. employs a staff of 150 and is a recycling company that annually produces around 60,000 metric tons of anode copper from copper-containing secondary raw materials. This copper is further processed into cathodes at the Brixlegg plant.
2000
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Montanwerke Brixlegg AG expands with the addition of an Asarco shaft furnace.
1988
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Montanwerke Brixlegg becomes one of Europe’s most modern copper producers when it commissions an electrolysis plant based on cutting-edge technology with an annual capacity of 50,000 metric tons of the highest-quality cathode copper. Montanwerke Brixlegg is Austria’s only copper foundry and operates purely as 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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Following further modernization to the copper electrolysis process, the foundry’s annual capacity is increased to 13,000 metric tons of copper. 500 years prior to this, local foundries only produced around 40 metric tons of copper each year.
1940
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Montanwerke Brixlegg GmbH is founded in Berlin on 15 August 1940; the business had been run by the German Reich since 1938. In 1945, bomb attacks virtually decimate the foundry. Reconstruction is completed on 30 June 1947, after which the first black copper is smelted in the shaft furnace. Other copper ores are then smelted again in the Mitterberg copper mine in Mühlbach am Hochkönig, located in the Austrian state of Salzburg.
1937
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1,900 metric tons of copper cathodes are produced each year.
1925
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The first converters with a filter system are put into operation. Copper products from Brixlegg are used all over Austria: Brixlegg copper sheets are used on the rooftops of the Parliament Building, the Palace of Justice, and Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. Coin metals from Brixlegg are supplied to the mint in Halle as well as mints in Vienna, Milan, and Venice.
1904
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95 metric tons of electrolyte copper are produced this year. Since ore supplies are dwindling, the foundry begins to produce copper from high-grade scrap metal alloys such as brass, bronze, and red bronze.
1885
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In keeping with the increasing use of electricity, the foundry starts to produce highly pure copper, made possible by introducing large-scale refining electrolysis. Copper sulfate has been generated as a by-product ever since.
1687
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Two granaries are built on the Inn River in 1687 and 1718, respectively. These mainly supply the local mine, metalworkers, and inhabitants. There are three granaries in total – it is unclear when the third was established; reports of it date back to the 16th century.
1560
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Four smelting works are operating in Brixlegg. Ore mining and smelting are commissioned by the local rulers in Schwaz, Kitzbühel, Schneeberg, Gossensasser, Pfunderer Berg, Nals, Terlan, the Mining Court of Imst, and other locations. Private unions and self-employed miners can also have their ores processed at the Brixlegg works.
1505
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The Unterinntal silver mining smelting works held by the local ruler is established in the location where Montanwerke still stands today. Incidentally, Montanwerke is the only copper smelting works in Austria.
1463
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The Brixlegg copper and silver smelting works is first documented. The Bavarian duke Louis the Rich lays the cornerstone for the works in the small town of Brixlegg, which belongs to Bavaria at this time. The economic development of the smelting works was closely linked to ore mining in Tyrol up to the 20th century.
1416
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Historical documents trace the recommencement of mining in the Brixlegg mining district to this year, towards the end of the Middle Ages. A goods catalog held by a local ruler and dated to this year records mining at six locations near Rattenberg. Brixlegg, which is still of little importance at this time, is under Rattenberg rule and belongs to the duchy of Bavaria, along with Kufstein and Kitzbühel.
9000 BC
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Copper is discovered. (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]

Montanwerke Brixlegg AG acquired the copper foundry Kovohuty, a.s. in Krompachy, Slovakia, in 2002. Kovohuty, a.s. employs a staff of 150 and is a recycling company that annually produces around 48,000 metric tons of anode copper from copper-containing secondary raw materials. This copper is further processed into cathodes at the Brixlegg plant.

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 approximately 20-25% of the total electricity required by Montanwerke Brixlegg Aktiengesellschaft. The newest of the company’s three plants (the one located in Alpsteg) was commissioned in June 2009.