A family tradition stretching back more than 80 years
During the 1930s, Gustav Thommen founded a small scrap metal business in Basel, laying the basis for what is now the Thommen Group with its 24 locations in four countries.
At the start of the 1950s, Gustav Thommen started to look for a new location for his business, which in the meantime had been growing steadily. He found the right place in Kaiseraugst, close to Basel, which had direct access to the rail network.
In 1970 René Thommen took over his father's business. He further expanded the business by creating additional facilities, introducing new technologies and offering new services. During the third generation of management, Stephan Thommen successfully grew the business further, taking over and investing in other national and international companies, reaching new markets and areas of business.
Looking to the future from a diversified position
Following the death of Stephan Thommen, his brother Tobias Thommen took over the reins. He consolidated and expanded the expertise and geographical scope of the business, buying up established and specialist Swiss recycling companies. Today Thommen is one of the leading companies involved in the trading, recycling and processing of scrap metal (ferrous and non-ferrous) and electronic waste, operating from a total of ten facilities in Switzerland. As the significance of recycling is set to increase over the coming decades, the auspices are good for yet another successful chapter in the history of the family business.
Gustav Thommen founds a scrap metal business in Basel.