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.
Customers and Suppliers
Organization and Technology
Montanwerke Brixlegg AG always delivers premium-quality products on schedule and takes a flexible approach to meeting individual customer needs. We quickly respond to shifting market situations, employing a certified quality management system to map the required processes, interdependencies, and responsibilities. Our longstanding partnerships with suppliers as well as our access to an international network ensure the availability of the necessary (raw) materials.
Montanwerke Brixlegg AG is committed to living out this principle. To this end, we analyze and optimize processes on a consistent, ongoing basis, subjecting them to intense scrutiny. We highly value our employees’ suggestions for improvement and readily implement their ideas. We also take any critical feedback we may receive from customers and partners and use it to derive measures for optimization.
The certified environmental management system in place at Montanwerke Brixlegg AG underpins our methodical approach to continuously improving our environmental impact. We evaluate measurable KPIs to derive effective methods for achieving our environmental goals, and we make sure to uphold environmental regulations in all that we do.
Protecting the health of our employees as well as of individuals located in our catchment represents a top priority, which is why we take care to observe all the applicable safety regulations. Systematic risk assessment and comprehensive emergency planning guarantee maximum safety at Montanwerke Brixlegg AG.
Internal reporting ensures transparent communication along our various levels of management. We involve front-line employees to raise their awareness of goings-on within the organization, and have established a regular, open flow of information to support this. Local residents are also important to Montanwerke Brixlegg AG; we make sure to communicate with them openly, addressing them as equals.
Montanwerke Brixlegg AG is organized in a way that reflects our commitment to environmental protection. We make sure to deploy sufficient resources towards fulfilling our company goals. Employing qualified personnel and providing them with continuous training lays the groundwork for our success. To protect our interests, the systems at Montanwerke Brixlegg AG are designed and operated with cutting-edge technology.
The Executive Board of Montanwerke Brixlegg AG consists of:
99% Umcor Holding GmbH
1% Umcor AG
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.
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.