Asahi Refining recently emerged on the global stage after its December 2014 purchase of Johnson Mattheys 160-plus-year-old silver and gold refining operations. The English company exited the industry in favor of focusing on other financial sectors. Asahi has been working feverishly to produce its own lineup of silver bars amidst a market that is experiencing unprecedented demand.
Asahi Refining launched its operations in 1952 in Tokyo as a precious metals recycler. It moved into a position of production with the purchase of Johnson Matthey, and struggled at first to secure enough silver to produce various silver bars.