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By: Martin Creamer South Africa’s platinum investment has been so poor in the last few years that it has failed even to keep pace with the replacement of production capacity, let alone provide an increase in production capacity. As a result, the country will be unable to take full advantage of the excellent... 

Resources Watch

By: Creamer Media Reporter This week: Johnson Matthey says security of supply is concerning for platinum end-users. The new 2014 emission legislation is set to boost platinum demand. And, the Chinese will invest R600-million to resuscitate the liquidated Orkney gold mine. 

New 2014 emission legislation set to boost platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer New upcoming vehicle emission standards in Europe and China are poised to boost demand for platinum, Johnson Matthey GM marketing Jeremy Coombes said on Tuesday. In Europe, Euro Six emission standards will be introduced for heavy-duty vehicles and then passenger cars in 2014, when tighter... 

Platinum market to end 2011 in modest oversupply

By: Henry Lazenby The platinum market would move to a small surplus this year, despite global demand rising to a four-year high of 8.08-million ounces, researcher Johnson Matthey said on Tuesday. The market analyst said in its ‘Platinum 2011 interim review’ that the market would end the year in oversupply of 195... 

Platinum powers to record high of $1 850, gold up

By: Reuters Platinum spiked to a new historic high for the sixth trading day on Thursday, as investors flocked in to snap up the metal on deepening concerns over supply from top producer South Africa. 

High price level no longer the threat it was thought to be

By: Martin Creamer While the platinum industry has traditionally regarded “a running away of the price” as its greatest threat, it has become “very clear” is that demand sectors continue to be “extremely resilient” in spite of record prices, Johnson Matthey GM marketing Jeremy... 

Platinum & price threat, uranium production dip, gold project slippage

By: Martin Creamer Not that long ago, platinum-miners feared a platinum price that soared too high, in case platinum users searched for and found substitutes as a response. 

Ruthenium demand expected to rise 4% to 1,34-million ounces

By: Christy van der Merwe Demand for ruthenium is expected to rise by 4,1% to a new peak of 1,34 million ounces in 2007, says Johnson Matthey in its ‘Platinum 2007’ interim report.  

Podcast - November 14, 2007

By: Jonathan Faurie In this podcast: BHP makes an offer for Rio Tinto; AngloGold Ashanti COO Neville Nicolau quits; Johnson Matthey forecast a new record for the platinum price. 

Palladium price could nudge higher, but market will remain in surplus

By: Christy van der Merwe Palladium demand would return to growth in 2007, rising by 135 000 oz, but the market would remain in surplus, Johnson Matthey said in its Platinum 2007 interim review. 

Platinum price may hit $1 575/oz - Johnson Matthey

By: Christy van der Merwe Platinum could trade as high as $1 575 during the next six months, precious metals refiner Johnson Matthey forecast on Tuesday, when it released its Platinum 2007 interim review. The company expected the market into 2008 to remain "pretty tight", and the fundamentals, which have been a stimulus... 

SA platinum supply well below expectation, says Johnson Matthey

By: Martin Creamer Platinum supply from South Africa had been well below expectation and the industry would move back into supply deficit this year instead of the anticipated surplus, Johnson Matthey GM marketing Jeremy Coombes on Tuesday. 

Platinum supply forecast to rise by 150 000 oz in 2005 and expand faster in 2006

By: Ollie Madlala Supplies of platinum in South Africa are set to grow more rapidly next year than this year, barring any disruptions to production in the country. 

Platinum to reach new highs on autocat demand - Johnson Matthey

By: Liezel Hill While the platinum market will remain in a 'moderate' deficit in 2005, the precious metal's price is expected to continue in its recent strength, with a forecast price range of between $890/oz and $1 030/oz, driven by demand from the automotive sector, chemical and refining firm Johnson Matthey... 

Platinum market fundamentals debate rages

By: Zonika Botha Two leading voices in the platinum industry have expressed opposing views about the path they think platinum supply will follow in 2005 and beyond. 

At odds

By: Zonika Botha Debate on platinum market fundamentals continues to rage 

Palladium market woes set to continue

By: Irma Venter The palladium market is expected to be oversupplied for the fourth year in a row, said platinum-group metals (PGMs) specialist Johnson Matthey marketing GM Jeremy Coombes as he earlier this month presented the London-based company’s Platinum 2004 report in Johannesburg. 

Switch by auto firms back to palladium unlikely to raise prices

By: Martin Czernowalow An upsurge in the price and demand for palladium is not expected in the foreseeable future, despite a current trend by carmakers to switch back to the metal. 

Observers at odds over recycled platinum growth

By: Martin Czernowalow There is general consensus that the global supply of recycled platinum and palladium is growing. 

Observers at odds over recycled platinum growth

By: Martin Czernowalow There is general consensus that the global supply of recycled platinum and palladium is growing. 

Platinum price-spike fears resurface

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu Predictions that a platinum-price spike is likely to occur this year, first made in November, have been reiterated by a senior official at Johnson Matthey, a London-based firm which keeps tabs on developments in the platinum-group metals (PGM) industry worldwide. 

SA's role as Platinum Inc consolidates

South Africa is set to consolidate its role as the world's most important platinum exporter with a slew of new mine expansions and projects, metals refiner Johnson Matthey said on Monday. 

Platinum puzzle: future autocat demand

By: Terence Creamer There is still significant angst among platinum-industry observers as to whether South African producers are doing the right thing by aggressively expanding into the supply-demand gap – the deficit is expected to be 360 000 oz this year. 

Prices could cap SA’s platinum growth

South Africa’s full-year platinum output will top four-million ounces for the first time, but a fall in metals prices could cap further growth plans, stated refiner Johnson Matthey. 

Big platinum-palladium divergence forecast

By: Terence Creamer Platinum and palladium appear bent on taking two distinct paths during 2001, with platinum demand rising to record levels and palladium demand falling to the metal’s lowest level in five years. 


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