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ERI, LS-Nikko Copper partner to recycle precious metals

South Korea-based LS-Nikko Copper serves as a precious metals and copper smelter.


ERI, an integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company based in Fresno, California, has entered into a partnership with South Korea-based LS-Nikko Copper Inc., a precious metals and copper smelter, to provide metal recycling services. ERI, through this partnership with LS-Nikko Copper, also provides precious metal recycling and smelting services to other recycling companies.

LS-Nikko Copper plays a role in the development of electric and electronics industries by producing and supplying high-quality basic materials while providing copper smelting with continuous efforts in the smelter digitalization project.

“We are operating our Onsan smelter stable at normal capacity thanks to seamless support from our valuable business partners while the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated globally,” says TS Choi, vice president of the raw material division of LS-Nikko Copper. “The Onsan port, a private international port operated by LS-Nikko Copper, remains open for importing copper concentrate, and the Korean government has designated our Onsan smelter as an essential business, avoiding any disruption during this pandemic. Our key priorities are not only to ensure the operation remains robust, but also to provide the best solution to our suppliers in the midst of challenging business circumstances.”

According to a news release from ERI, LS-Nikko Copper is also a green business trailblazer and longtime partner and investor in ERI. The relationship has for more than a decade provided a home for the massive volume of commodities that come from ERI’s electronic waste recycling facilities.

“Because of our longstanding relationship with one of the world’s top brands—LS-Nikko Copper and LS Group—we are able to offer other collectors and recyclers of electronic waste the best possible set of solutions for their precious metals extraction and recycling needs,” says John Shegerian, co-founder and executive chairman of ERI. “Our message to recyclers of all sizes is that we want all of your precious metals so that we can responsibly recycle the materials and get them back into the circular economy.”

ERI reports that businesses can contact ERI’s professional sat or 1-800-ERI-DIRECT to learn more about its precious metal recycling services. ERI operates eight recycling centers that process and recycling hundreds of millions of pounds of electronic scrap every year.