We close the loop.

We close the loop.

We are a global leader in the trading, processing and recycling of raw materials for the stainless steel industry as well as high performance materials such as superalloys and titanium.

We are ELG

We are specialists in two areas of expertise:

  • Ever since we were founded it has been our business to turn chromium-nickel alloyed scrap into secondary raw materials for the stainless-steel industry.
  • Secondly, we recycle high-performance materials such as superalloys and titanium, mainly for the aerospace industry.

Recycling is our expertise

We are pioneers, trailblazers and global market leaders in the business of recycling raw materials. It is our core expertise to trade sophisticated raw materials globally, to reprocess them with high-tech and to recycle them for the industry.

Our head office is located in Duisburg. From there, our recycling network spans around the entire world. We work with more than 4,000 pre-suppliers on all five continents. This enables us to recycle more than one million tonnes of raw materials every year, making them available to our customers precisely and exactly as required by their respective industry. As a result, we can offer tailor-made products and complete the value-added circle.

Our Management. 

Joint Leadership.

Bernard Hallemans

On September 1, 2023, Bernard Hallemans assumed the position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ELG GmbH from Dr. Donald Weir. He will combine his functions within ELG with the transversal roles as Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer in the Aperam Leadership Team and CEO of the Recyclables and Renewables division. 

Bernard has more than 25 years experience in management positions. The main focus is on driving forward Aperam’s ESG roadmap and leading position in the industry, to place the company further at the heart of the circular economy. Bernard Hallemans holds a M.Sc. degree as Metallurgical Engineer from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he finished his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1995. He holds a European Executive MBA from ESCP Business School in Paris.

Philipp Friederichs

Philipp Friederichs became Chief Financial Officer of the ELG Group on December 1st, 2023. With 10 years of experience within ELG he is well versed to strengthen our business and drive our performance forward. 

Philipp studied Finance, Controlling and Economics at International School of Management in Dortmund, Germany, and European Business School in London, UK. After positions at KPMG and ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services he found his way into Stainless Steel Recycling at ELG as Head of Controlling and Accounting. Philipp held several leading positions within ELG, among them interim CFO and Vice President Finance Europe, before he assumed the position as CFO of ELG Group from Guillaume Bazetoux.

Facts and Figures



Duisburg, Germany: Company headquarters




in 18 countries on five continents

We close the loop: CO2 savings through recycled raw materials


Million tonnes

recycled raw materials per year

Million tonnes

CO2 savings per year
≙ 412

wind turbines'

CO2 savings per year

Our company philosophy

Creating value, living values

At ELG we promote top-quality recycling products, sustainability and professional and trustworthy services. Our longstanding success story is not only based on our technical know-how, but also on our philosophy of creating value and living our values. We foster responsibility, kindness and openness. We take a stance. We live loyalty and transparency. We protect the environment. We respect each other and encourage innovative ideas. All of this is just as much a part of our corporate philosophy as it is to enable our employees to develop and grow. Our vision is to continue our success story and to do it perfectly.

Now and then

From a Start-up to a Global Player

It all started in 1962 in Duisburg with a small company named Eisenlegierungen HGmbH. Our international brand name ELG dates back to the name of the German company Eisenlegierungen, which still exists today. Through steady expansion our once-small company grew into a global player within five decades. An important milestone in the success story of ELG took place in the 1980s when Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, a family-owned private equity investor from Duisburg, took over the company. This opened the door for further investments into new subsidiaries and international joint ventures. It helped ELG to expand its global market position in a sustainable manner.