The origins of AURA Technologie GmbH go back to 1986, when the initiators developed a chemical process to recover metals (cobalt, nickel, molybdenum and vanadium) from spent HDS catalysts. A pilot plant was built in 1992 to further develop the process and to test suitability for commercial development.

The decision to construct the first industrial production plant in Helbra, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany under the financial and business leadership of the US investment group Allied Resource Corporation of Wayne, PA was made in 1998. As a result AURA Metallurgie GmbH was established.

Since the startup in 2002 Aura has successfully recycled desulphurization catalysts from numerous refineries worldwide to the fullest satisfaction of the customers. The processing capacities have been expanded and the technologies improved continuously since the start-up in order to keep pace with growing demand. Since 2005 the raw materials range has also been widened step-by-step to cover other industrial catalyst and waste materials on the basis of the metals molybdenum, cobalt and nickel.

The entire operational business and all production equipment were transferred into the newly established AURA Metallurgie GmbH & Co. KG in 2008. The restructuring of ownership intended by this move could not be implemented as a result of the global economic crisis that set in at the end of 2008.

The recently established AURA Technologie GmbH with its registered office in Helbra took over the entire operational facilities at the Helbra location following implementation of a restructuring plan as of 1 January 2010. This move created the prerequisites for the launch of an extensive technical expansion and optimizing program, which was implemented during 2010. Now, Aura Technologie GmbH can count on new and highly efficient treatment facilities for spent catalyst and metal-bearing residual materials.