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Aurubis AG celebrates 150th anniversary

Hamburg-based copper producer employs 6,300 people worldwide. President of Eurpoean Parliament to give an address on anniversary

Aurubis is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding on April 28 under the motto “150 Years of the Future” The predecessor of Aurubis AG, Norddeutsche Affinerie AG was entered in the Hamburg Commercial Register on April 28, 1866. Aurubis now produces over 1 million tons of copper cathodes annually and employs around 6,300 staff worldwide.

Martin Schulz as honorary guest

Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, will attend the celebrations in the company headquarters on Peute island and cut an anniversary cake for the employees to kickstart the festivities. The official celebration will be held in the evening at the Cruise Centre Altona with guests from industry and politics as well as customers and business partners.

Martin Schulz, honorary guest and President of the European Parliament, will be the keynote speaker following a welcoming address by Prof. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, Chairman of the Aurubis AG Supervisory Board, and Erwin Faust, Executive Board Spokesman.

Finnish site in Pori celebrates 50th anniversary

Celebrations for employees, their families and retirees will be getting underway on May 28th. An extensive festive program will be held on the premises of Aurubis Hamburg and the firm will also celebrate with staff in other locations on different dates. The Aurubis site in Lünen will turn 100 years old this year while the Finnish site in Pori is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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History of Aurubis AG

Founded in 1770 in Hamburg-Altona as a small gold and silver separating plant, the company has long since become a leading integrated copper group and the world’s largest copper recycler. In 1913, the company’s large size prompted a move from the narrow Elbstrasse to the current premises on Peute island which is still the group’s largest plant as well as its headquarters. After two World Wars and internal growth, the company went public in 1998. It obtained its first production site outside of Hamburg, Hüttenwerke Kayser in Lünen, in 1999. Further acquisitions and international development followed: Prymetall and its 50 per cent holding in Schwermetall (both in Stolberg) in 2002, the Belgian company Cumerio with many sites in Europe in 2008 and the Luvata Rolled Products Division in 2011. Since then, Aurubis has also produced outside of Europe at its U.S. plant. In 2008, Salzgitter AG joined as a stabilizing major shareholder of Aurubis. For more information, see:

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