Our history

Take a closer look at our activities and achievements since our inception in 1987.

Befesa's main milestones

1987 - 2009

1987

Metallgesellschaft, German industrial conglomerate, creates Berzelius Umwelt Service (B.U.S)

1993

Berzelius Umwelt Service (BUS) grouped their Spanish assets into Berzelius Felguera (Befesa)

2006

Befesa acquired remaining stake in BUS, becoming European leader in electric arc furnace dust (EAFD) recycling

2009

Befesa becomes European leader in salt slags recycling after acquiring Agor AG's German assets

2010 - 2016

2010

Entry in the Turkish market through 51/49 JV with Canadian Silvermet

2012

Entry in the Asian market by acquiring subsequent stakes in the Korean Hankook
WOX washing plant at Gravelines

2014

Secondary aluminium plant in Bernburg

2016

Doubled capacity to 220kt in Gyeongju, South Korea

2017 - 2021

2017

Successful IPO on Frankfurt Stock Exchange

2018

Entry to SDAX on 24 Sep 2018 - Free-float at 100% after Triton’s exit on 6 June 2019

2019

1st WOX washing plant in Asia, close to Gyeongju plant
EAFD recycling capacity at Iskenderun expanded to 110 kt

2020

Since 18 Sep 2020, member of Global challenge index

2021

Changzhou, Jiangsu: 1st EAFD recycling plant in China with a total capacity of 110kt
Xuchang, Henan: 2nd EAFD recycling plant in China with a total capacity of 110kt

2021

Befesa acquires American Zinc Recycling, leading steel dust recycling company with 4 plants located in US with a total steel dust capacity of 620kt

2021

Befesa enters MDAX index, rising into the top 90 listed companies on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
2017 - 2021