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About us

We are building the metals marketplace of the future.

metalshub is a fully independent company with no conflicts of interests. metalshub will provide an online marketplace for metals and ferroalloys to promote a more efficient and liquid physical market.

Established in 2016, metalshub is based in Düsseldorf, Germany but operates globally. We are an international team with team members from five different countries and extensive experience in physical metals trading and logistics.

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Team Members

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Our Vision

Become the leading platform for the global metals and ferroalloys community.

Our Team

Dr. Sebastian Kreft - Managing Director and Co-Founder

Senior Commercial Manager with more than 10 years experience in the metals industry. Previous roles include Head of Nickel Sales at Anglo American and Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group. Sebastian holds a business degree and PhD from WHU in Germany. Sebastian is married and has a son and a daughter. He is originally from Beckum (Münsterland), a big tennis fan and enjoys spicy food, especially Mexican and Sichuan.

Dr. Frank Jackel - Managing Director and Co-Founder

Senior Ferroalloys Marketing Executive with previous roles as Head of Niobium Sales team at China Moly, Head of Ferroalloys Sales at Anglo American and Project Director at Anglo American and The Boston Consulting Group. Frank holds a Dipl.-Ing. and a PhD in Metallurgy from RWTH Aachen University. Frank is married and has three daughters, loves triathlon and tennis, fancies road bikes and supports Schalke 04.

Friedhelm A. Schmitt - CTO and Co-Founder

IT and market place expert and successful fintech entrepreneur. Other roles include CEO of Fincite GmbH, a leading company in the German fintech industry. Friedhelm holds a Masters degree in Financial Mathematics from UZH Zurich. Friedhelm is in a happy relationship and proud father of two kids. He likes sailing, plays tennis and piano. When there is time he likes to cook, to eat what he cooked but not to clean the dishes.

Michiel Minnaar - VP Operations

Michiel has been working for over 10 years in various roles in metals warehousing, operations, freight forwarding and customs related services. In his most recent role, Michiel was the location manager of the Vollers Group metals warehouse in Rotterdam, the youngest of all metals warehouse managers in Rotterdam. Michiel is engaged and has 2 dogs who he likes to take to the beach for running. He plays field-hockey and participates in obstacle runs. Beside all the sports he enjoys food and the occasional beer that comes with it.

“metalshub will translate ‘digital’ into real benefits for
buyers and sellers of metals”

Dr. Dieter Heuskel, former Chairman of The Boston Consulting Group

“metalshub has the unique potential to transform
the worldwide metal trading industry
and create value for the benefit of its customers”

Dr. Ralf Köster, former CEO of BARTEC Group and „Entrepreneur
of the Year 2015” for Excellence in the German Mittelstand

“metalshub delivers real value to buyers and
sellers of ferroalloys and specialty metals
by creating a transparent platform
in a currently opaque market”

Jochen Engert, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Flixbus