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Global Platinum Mining Market 2015 Demand, Size, Forecast and Analysis to 2020

Global Platinum Mining Industry 2015 Market Analysis and Forecast to 2020 by Market Research Store


Deerfield Beach, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/18/2015 -- Synopsis

In addition to data on Platinum Group Metal (PGM) reserves and PGM reserves by country and metal grade, there is insight on mine life and the reserves of select key mines. Furthermore, the report also contains profiles of leading platinum mining companies, as well as intelligence on the major active, exploration and development projects by region.

Executive summary

Platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, osmium and iridium are collectively known as Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) and are normally produced jointly. Of these, platinum is widely used in jewelry and as a catalyst in the automotive industry, besides its use in computer hard disks, fibreglass and in alloys. The use of platinum as a catalyst aids the production of nitric acid, silicone and benzene-like chemicals to manufacture optical fibres, LCDs, turbine blades, spark plugs, pacemakers and dental fillings. Platinum is also used in the development process of cancer-related chemotherapy drugs.

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South Africa accounts for a substantial proportion of the total PGM reserves. The Bushveld Igneous Complex in South Africa and the Great Dyke Mineral belt in Zimbabwe are two of the world's largest sources of platinum. Whilst global platinum production grew between 2000 and 2005, since then a series of labor strikes in South Africa, temperate global demand, and falling prices have meant production has failed to climb up to its 2005 level. Global production is forecast to surpass 2005 levels by 2019. Global refined platinum metal consumption was an estimated 8.4 million ounces in 2014, up by 1.2% over 2013, with the majority consumed by the jewelry sector which accounted for over a third of the global total, followed by the automotive sector.

Zimbabwe, Spain and South Africa were the world's three largest exporters of platinum in unwrought and semi-manufactured form.


An analysis of the competitive landscape of the global platinum market.
Data on platinum reserves by country and major mines.
Historic and forecast figures of platinum production from 2000 to 2020.
Detail of major active projects in three global regions.
A comparative analysis of major companies in the global industry including Anglo-American Plc, Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd, and Lonmin Plc.
Data on major platinum exploration and development projects in five global regions.
Insight on the key demand drivers in the global platinum industry.
A review of the major importing and exporting countries in the global landscape.
Platinum metal demand by sector.
PGM reserves by country as of January 2015.

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Key highlights

What is the global total of PGM reserves? What proportion of this total is accounted for by South Africa? Which countries occupy the next three places in the list?

What was the estimated global mine production of platinum in 2014?

What was the total production at the Impala and Marikana mines in South Africa in 2013?

What was the total production at the Zimbabwean Zimplats mine in the same year?

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