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Metalor is one of the oldest and largest precious metals refining groups in the world and its gold and silver investment grade bars are highly regarded in both the wholesale and retail segments of the global bullion market. Until the late 1990s, Metalor was owned by Swiss Bank Corporation . Metalor is unique in that it operates four precious metals refineries worldwide, in Switzerland, the US, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2016, Japanese precious metals group Tanaka announced that it planned to acquire the entire Metalor group and integrate Metalor into Tanakas precious metals operations.

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The precursor to the modern Metalor refinery was established in Le Locle in the Swiss Canton of Neuchâtel in 1852, as a supplier of gold components to the local watch making industry. In 1864, the refinery merged with a local bank and expanded into providing bullion to the banking industry in addition to gold alloys to the watch industry. In 1918, Swiss Bank Corporation acquired the refinery, at which point it became a subsidiary of SBC. In 1936, SBCs refining subsidiary was renamed Métaux Précieux SA Metalor. In 1947, the refinery moved to a new location at Marin Epagnier in Neuchâtel, a facility where Metalors Swiss refinery facility is still located to this day. The groups Hong Kong refinery opened in 1982, and Metalor began running its US refinery in 1986. In 1998, SBC merged with Union Bank of Switzerland and a majority of the shares of Métaux Précieux SA Metalor were acquired from SBC by a group of Swiss private investors comprising Ernst Thomke, Martin Bisang...

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After the group of Swiss investors Ernst Thomke, Martin Bisang, Rolf Soiron and Giorgio Behr had acquired the Metalor shares previous owned by UBS in 1998 , Thomke was appointed Metalor chairman until April 2004, followed by Bisang as chairman. The identities of the second passive group of Swiss investors that came on board at Metalor in 2004, represented by a British Islands front company Partners Only, was less clear. In an article published in 2005, Bilanz, a Zurich based business magazine, thought that the Partners Only investors were mainly represented by Swiss executives connected to Swiss company Roche . In July 2009, Astorg Partners, the private equity company, acquired the majority of Metalor shares from the above investor groups, but excluding some shareholders such as Martin Bisang. In 2010, Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung confirmed that a Belgian private equity company called Sofina had co invested into Metalor al...

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In July 2016, Metalor and Japanese company Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo KK announced that Tanaka had signed an agreement under which the Japanese company will acquire the full shareholding of the Metalor group, i.e. Metalor Technologies International SA. Organisationally, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K is a company within the Tanaka Precious Metals group. Formally, the Tanaka group of companies is held by holding company Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo is one of the largest precious metals trading and refining companies in Japan and is very involved in the Japanese gold market.Tanaka also operates its own retail gold jewellery and investment bar stores in Japan, and is Japans largest bullion retailer. According to the July 2016 Tanaka press release, Astorg Partners holds 50.5% of the shares of Metalor Technologies International SA. Structurally, following the acquisition, Metalor and all of its subsidiaries will become a company within the Tanaka Precious Metals group. Tan...

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Metalor Technologies operates three divisions, namely Refining, Electrotechnics, and Advanced Coatings. The Electrotechnics divisionfabricates silver and other alloys into electrical conductivity contacts used in a wide range of applications. Its facilities are based in Europe, Asia and North America. The Advanced Coatings divisionprovides electroplating solutions and equipment for alloys used in the luxury watch and jewellery sector, as well as fabricating coatings for semi conductors. This division also produces precious metals powders and flakes for use in photovoltaic applications, touch screens and is involved in nanotechnology applications. The facilities of the Advanced Coating division are located in Switzerland, France, the US, China and Japan. The Refining divisionrefines precious metals from mining output and industrial scrap, and also recasts investment grade precious metals bars . Metalors Refining group operates refinerie...

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Metalors precious metals refineries process mine doré, industrial scrap and recyclables, as well as recast existing precious metals bars into new bars. The groups four refining facilities are located in Switzerland, the US, Hong Kong, and Singapore, specifically as follows: 1. Metalor Technologies SA, Marin Epagnier, Neuchâtel, Switzerland 2. Metalor USA Refining Corp, North Attleboro , Massachusetts, USA 3. Metalor Technologies Ltd, Kwai Chung in Hong Kong 4. Metalor Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore The refineries also operate four evaluation platforms in Lyon , Los Angles , Lima and Hong Kong, which analyse customers precious metals laden recyclable materials, and then send this material to one of the four refineries. Notably, all four of Metalors refineries, i.e. Switzerland, US, Hong Kong and Singapore are accredited by the London Bullion Market Association as good delivery for gold bar production. The Swiss refiner...

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Metalor produces a range of both cast and minted investment grade gold bars. Cast bars are fabricated in the following weights: 100 gram, 250 gram, 500 gram, 1 kg, 400 ozs and 10 tola. Minted gold bars are made in 5 gram, 10 gram, 20 gram, 50 gram, 100 gram and 1 oz weights. Metalors US refinery also manufactures 100 oz gold bars that are eligible for delivery against COMEX gold futures contracts. A cast silver bar range includes a 1 kg barand a 100 gram bar.

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