Valcambi is a company located in Balerna, Switzerland that specializes in precious metals refining. The company is responsible for refining gold, silver, platinum and palladium into various forms including cast and minted bars, rounds, coins, and other semi-finished casting products. It refines more gold than any other company in the world and is among the world's largest precious metals refiners. In addition to the many services provided by the Valcambi, it also provides precious metals assay, transportation, and storage services.
The Valcambi was formed on May 15, 1961 as Valori & Cambi by a group of 5 Swiss businessmen/entrepreneurs from the municipality known as Mendrisio. On June 30, 1967, the name was officially changed to the Valcambi. Credit Suisse, a prominent Swiss investment bank, bought 50% of the Valcambi refinery in 1967 followed by the purchase of another 30% stake in 1968. In 1980, the final 20% was purchased giving Credit Suisse 100% control of the firm. European Gold Refineries SA purchased 100% of Valcambi from Credit Suisse for approximately $400 Million in 2003 and Valcambi now operates with around 155 employees.
Valcambi has state of the art refining facilities that deliver the highest purity precious metals recovered from a wide range of feed materials, from primary doré supplied by mining companies to industrial scraps and recycled jewellery as well as precious metals invested and owned by financial and governmental institutions. Their process allows them to refine gold up to a fineness of 999.99 parts per thousand, silver up to 999.90 parts per thousand and platinum and palladium to over 999.50 parts per thousand. They employ a number of refining techniques such as wohlwill electrolytic gold refining, miller chlorination gold refining, wet chemical platinum and palladium refining, wet chemical gold refining and moebius electrolytic silver refining.
Valcambi is also fully equipped to be able to produce products such as armillary coins, cast bars, round bars, coins and medals, Combibar, minted bars, and green gold. The majority of the casts and bars can be made from gold, silver, platinum and palladium and can be made into various different sizes and weights. As a boutique refinery, Valcambi draws on the best practices in technology and manufacturing to meet their Clients' needs and objectives. They are known for offering some of the highest quality services in precious metals refining.
Valcambi has reported that they are able to refine 4.1 tons of precious metals products per day and 3.4 tons of gold bars and coins per day as well as 1 ton of silver daily. They are also regarded as having some of the best security to guard and watch over the process in the world. Although they specialize in refining, they also offer transporting services that allow the client to safely and efficiently receive the needed product. This includes ground transportation and even insurance coverage.
Valcambi bullion bars are available in gold, silver, platinum and palladium from SwissBullion.ch, in sizes ranging from 1 gram to 1 kilogram. SwissBullion.ch also sell Credit Suisse bars manufactured by Valcambi. All bullion bars are available for VAT-exempt Swiss storage or delivery.