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Gold

Much more than jewellery

All that glitters is gold, at least when it comes to the 3,000 tonnes or so of gold mined annually around the world. In addition, around 1,000 tonnes of gold are recycled. The jewellery industry remains the biggest user of this precious metal, while one third of all gold in the world is kept by central banks and an even larger share is in private ownership. The market for precious metals is controlled in large part by these financial operators. However, qualities such as high durability, good conductivity, high temperature resistance and resistance to corrosion mean gold is very much in demand within the electronics, aerospace and pharmaceuticals industries. Mobile telephones and computers are two good examples of where gold is an important metal. 

Boliden gold production

We produce almost 18,000 kg of gold every year. Two thirds of our gold is recovered from electronic scrap and the rest is from our mines, with an annual production of almost 5,000 kg. We produce gold in the form of bars or granules at our smelters in Rönnskär and Harjavalta.

The major part of our gold is sold to the jewellery industry, but the manufacturing industry and the financial sector are also important customers.  

Facts about gold

  • Chemical symbol: Au
  • Appearance: Yellow
  • Melting point: 1,064 °C
  • Boiling point: 2,856°C
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Did you know that...

satellites are usually covered by a thin layer of gold as it resists electromagnetic radiation. Gold is a very ductile metal. One gram can be beaten to cover an area of one square metre.

Producers

Gold mines:
Aitik
Garpenberg
Tara
Kevitsa

Gold smelters:
Harjavalta
Rönnskär

 

Contact

Saga Mills

Saga Mills

Manager Sales Lead, Precious Metals and By-Products

Stockholm

Contact

Boliden Head Office

Boliden Group
Klarabergsviadukten 90
P.O. Box 44, SE-101 20 Stockholm
Tel: + 46 8 610 15 00
Fax: + 46 8 654 80 90