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Manufactures platinum, rhodium, palladium and iridium alloy products for the chemical, glass, medical, automotive, aerospace and surface technology markets.


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Rare Metals: Overview
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The platinum group of metals (PGM) includes rhodium, ruthenium, palladium, osmium, and iridium.

These metals posses unique chemical and physical qualities that make them vital industrial materials.  They are especially valued for their catalytic functions, their conductivity, and their resistance to corrosion.

The platinum group of metals are essential in key manufacturing processes in the automobile, chemical, petroleum refining, pharmaceutical, and electronics industries.  Platinum is also increasingly being used by the jewelry industry as designers are taking advantage of its durability and luster to create striking pieces.

 Another characteristic of PGM demand is that most of it originates far from the sources of supply.  U.S. industry consumes close to 40% of annual world production of platinum and palladium, but more than 90% of the world's supply originates South Africa and the Soviet Union (Canada is the only other significant producer).

Platinum and palladium are among the world's scarcest metals.  Only about 4.5 million troy ounces of platinum and approximately 5 million ounces of palladium entered Western markets in 1994.  By comparison, worldwide mine production of gold totaled approximately 70 million ounces in 1994, while supplies of newly mined silver totaled approximately 440 million ounces.






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