Gold Refiners & Bars Worldwide

Published by Grendon International Research Pty Ltd (June 1991)

Compiled by Nigel Desebrock
476 pages
Printed in black & white
Size: 320 mm x 220 mm (12” x 9”)
Weight: 2.4 kg
Case bound with hardback cover and boxed for delivery
ISBN: 0 646 03150 3

“Gold Refiners & Bars Worldwide is a massive undertaking... a publication which will of necessity find its way onto the bookshelves of all those with any involvement in the gold industry. A job superbly well done”. Chamber of Mines of South Africa

The first and only book to provide comprehensive information on the background, products and services of the world’s major gold refiners.

Although published in 1991, it remains a standard industry reference work.

The book devotes an average of 5 pages to the 50 refiners featured, covering location, ownership, background and historical development and commercial focus; gold services, including materials treated, refining and assaying methods; as well as their range of fabricated products for industrial and retail purposes. Each refiner is covered in an identical format for ease of reference and analysis.

All 50 refiners completed detailed questionnaires. 16 comparative tables are included. These range from gold refining and assaying methods to gold products provided for the jewellery, electronic, decorative and dental industries.

The book also includes 9 concise illustrated articles by international authorities.


Table Of Contents

INDUSTRY SUPPORT 3
FOREWORD 4
PREFACE 5
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 6
ACCREDITATION 11
Accredited gold refiners 12
Ownership 14
Locations 16
London Bullion Market Association 18
Commodity Exchange Inc 20
Tokyo Commodity Exchange 21
Zurich Gold Pool 22
Gold delivery gold bars 23
ORIENTATION 25
Role of gold refiners 26
World gold supply and demand 28
Gold bar hoarding 30
TECHNICAL SECTIONS 33
Physical properties of gold Robert Owen 34
Gold-bearing materials Dr William Rapson 38
Gold refining methods Dr William Rapson 44
Gold assaying methods Dr R Murray-Smith 52
Gold products for the jewellery industry Christopher Walton 58
Gold products for the electronics industry Prof Dr Ch J Raub 66
Gold products for the decorative industry Prof Dr Ch J Raub 72
Gold products for the dental industry Prof Jean-Marc Meyer 76
Gold blanks for medals and coins Ralph Smith 82
GOLD BARS 89
Weights and purities 90
Cast bars 94
Minted bars 100
Official stamps and certification marks 104
Serial numbering systems 108
Shapes 112
Supplementary designs on minted bars 118
GOLD REFINERS 121
EUROPE
Belgium SA Acec-Union Miniere NV 124
France Comptoir Lyon-Alemand Louyot 128
Engelhard SA 132
Germany Degussa AG 136
Heraeus Holding GmbH 146
Norddeutsche Affinerie Aktiengesellschaft 152
Italy Metalli Preziosi SpA 154
Netherlands H Drijfhout & Zoon’s Edelmetaalbedrijven BV 158
Schone Edelmetaal BV 160
Spain INDUMETAL SA/Orispania SA 166
Sociedad Espanola de Metales Preciosos SA 170
Sweden Boliden Mineral AB 174
Switzerland Argor-Heraeus SA 178
Cendres & Metaux SA 184
Metaux Precieux SA Metalor 188
Pamp SA 198
Valcambi SA 208
United Kingdom Engelhard Ltd 214
Johnson Matthey Plc 220
NORTH AMERICA
Canada Johnson Matthey Ltd 232
Noranda Minerals Inc (CCR Div) 238
Royal Canadian Mint 242
USA ASARCO Incorporated 246
Engelhard Corporation 250
Handy & Harman 254
Heraeus Incoporated 264
Homestake Mining Company 266
Johnson Matthey Inc 272
Metalor USA Refining Corp 276
Sabin Metal Corporation 280
LATIN AMERICA
Brazil Casa da Moeda do Brasil 286
Degussa SA 292
Mineracao Morro Velho SA 298
FAR EAST
Hong Kong Heraeus Ltd 306
Japan Chugai Mining Co Ltd 308
Dowa Mining Co Ltd 310
Ishifuku Metal Industry Co Ltd 314
Mitsubishi Materials Corporation 320
Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co Ltd 326
Nippon Mining Co Ltd 330
Sumitomo Metal Mining Co Ltd 334
Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo KK 340
Tokuriki Honten Co Ltd 350
Philippines Central Bank of the Philippines 356
Singapore Degussa (Private) Ltd 360
AFRICA
South Africa Rand Refinery Ltd 366
Zimbabwe Fidelity Printers & Refiners (Private) Ltd 376
AUSTRALIA
Australia Australian Gold Refineries 382
Johnson Matthey (Aust) Ltd 388
EASTERN BLOCK
USSR Glavalmazzoloto of the USSR 396
FEATURES 403
Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society, Hong Kong Tael bars 404
Gold Trader Association, Thailand Baht bars 416
Japan Gold Metal Association Gramme bars 422
Mercantile & Futures Exchange, Sao Paulo 250 g bars 428
India Government Mint Gramme bars 434
Other Accredited Refiners 436
HISTORICAL GOLD BARS 439
LBMA: Melters & Assayers (1934-1990) 440
Royal Mint and Overseas Branches 446
US Mint 450
Casa de Fundicao - Brazil 454
“Gold Leaf” bars - Vietnam 4 456
REFINERY COMPANY MANAGEMENT 459
SPONSORS 469

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MAJOR SPONSOR

  • World Gold Council

CORPORATE SPONSORS

  • Gold Producers’ Association Limited, Australia
  • Commerzbank International SA
  • Dresdner Bank AG Frankfurt
  • Hang Seng Bank Limited
  • J Aron & Co (UK) Ltd
  • Macquarie Bank Limited
  • Mase Westpac Limited
  • Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York
  • Rothschild Australia Limited
  • The Chase Manhattan Bank, NA
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