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Valcambi's headquarter detail (Balerna)

Valcambi’s headquarters and refining operations are located at Balerna in south-eastern Switzerland. We are 15 minutes drive from Lugano to the north, and half an hour from Milan in Italy to the south. The closest international airport is Milan Malpensa, a 30 minutes drive from the plant across the border from Italy into Switzerland.

Our precious metals refinery is one of the largest dedicated facilities in the world and is situated on a 3.3 hectare site. 

Using state-of-the-art technology the entire operation incorporates the most stringent security monitoring and quality control systems. Annual combined refining capacity of gold, silver and platinum group metals at Valcambi is approximately 2’000 metric tons.

Valcambi delivers a complete range of services, from refining to the manufacture of cast and minted bars, assaying, the development of specialist semi-finished products for the watch industry, as well as design and manufacture of coins, medals, blanks and complex alloys.

Valcambi's Clients include some of the largest mining companies in the world, premium luxury watch manufacturers, the largest international banks, Governments and Central Banks.

Valcambi is an independent company, employing 165 people at its plant and offices. An important contributor to our ongoing success is the stability of our workforce. Many of our employees have worked for the company for over 15 years. Given our location many of our employees speak not only Italian but English, French and German.

Founders and philosophy

The founders of Valcambi were a group of private Swiss investors who have had an interest in the precious metals business for over 50 years. Today Valcambi is fully owned by Global Gold Refineries Ltd (GGR) incorporated in Switzerland.  European Gold Refineries Holding SA (EGR), which owned Valcambi till 26 July 2017, was absorbed by GGR.  Till July 2015 EGR was owned by Newmont Mining (60.6%) and private investors (39.4%). GGR belongs to REL Singapore PTE Ltd in Singapore (95%) and Rajesh Exports Limited (5%) a stock market listed company (NSE / BSE) in Bangalore, India (

Throughout its 60 year history Valcambi has focused solely on the business of precious metals refining. The success and the reputation of the company are built on our philosophy of remaining committed to our employees, to our Clients and to the industry that we service.