Global Platinum Mining to 2020

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, as well as in computer hard disks, fibreglass and 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.

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.

Global platinum production grew between 2000 and 2005, but 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.

Scope

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.

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?

Reasons to buy

Investigate active, exploration and development projects to formulate operational strategy.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the global platinum mining industry and its competitive landscape.

Analyze historical and forecast data to validate market position.

Identify the drivers in the global platinum market, and align strategy to those which offer commercial opportunities.

Confront challenges in the global platinum mining market to assess and manage risk.

Evaluate key trends to exploit the opportunities that will deliver the most positive returns on investment.

Benchmark operations against the leading companies in the global platinum mining industry. Analyze their market activity, while identifying and emulating best practice to maintain competitive edge.

Companies mentioned

Anglo American Plc

Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd

Lonmin Plc

MMC Norilsk Nickel

Northam Platinum Ltd

Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary

2 Global Platinum Mining – Reserves, Production, Consumption, Exports and Demand

2.1 Global Platinum Reserves by Country and Grade

2.1.1 Reserves, metal grade and mine life of selected mines

2.1.2 Reserves – South Africa

2.1.3 Reserves – Zimbabwe

2.1.4 Reserves – Russia

2.2 Historical and Forecast Production

2.2.1 Total production, by country

2.3 Active Mines

2.4 Exploration and Development Projects

2.5 Consumption and Exports

2.5.1 Global platinum consumption

2.5.2 Major platinum exporting countries

2.6 Demand Drivers

3 Major Platinum Producers Globally

3.1 Total Production, by Major Companies

3.2 Anglo American Plc

3.3 Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd

3.4 Lonmin Plc

3.5 MMC Norilsk Nickel

3.6 Northam Platinum Ltd

4 Appendix

4.1 Abbreviations

4.2 Secondary Research

4.3 Primary Research

4.4 Contact GlobalData

4.5 About GlobalData

4.6 GlobalData’s Services

4.7 Disclaimer

List of Tables

Table 1: Global Platinum Mining – PGM Reserves by Country (Million Ounces), January 2015

Table 2: Global Platinum Mining – Reserves, Metal Grade and Mine Life of Selected Mines, 2014

Table 3: Global Platinum Mining – Active Mines at the Bushveld Igneous Complex, 2014

Table 4: Global Platinum Mining – Active Mines in the Great Dyke Mineral Belt, 2014

Table 5: Global Platinum Mining – Active Mines in Russia, 2014

Table 6: Global Platinum Mining – Platinum Mine Production (Million Ounces) vs Platinum Prices (US$/Ounce) 2000–2020

Table 7: Global Platinum Mining – Active Mines (Europe), 2014

Table 8: Global Platinum Mining – Active Mines (North America), 2014

Table 9: Global Platinum Mining – Active Mines (Middle East and Africa), 2014

Table 10: Global Platinum Mining – Exploration Projects (Asia-Pacific), 2014

Table 11: Global Platinum Mining – Exploration Projects (Europe), 2014

Table 12: Global Platinum Mining – Exploration Projects (Middle East and Africa), 2014

Table 13: Global Platinum Mining – Exploration Projects (South America), 2014

Table 14: Global Platinum Mining – Exploration Projects (North America), 2014

Table 15: Global Platinum Mining – Development Projects (Asia Pacific), 2014

Table 16: Global Platinum Mining – Development Projects (Europe), 2014

Table 17: Global Platinum Mining – Development Projects (South and Central America), 2014

Table 18: Global Platinum Mining – Development Projects (Middle East and Africa), 2014

Table 19: Global Platinum Mining – Development Projects (North America), 2014

Table 20: Global Platinum Mining – Platinum Metal Consumption (Million Ounces), 2000–2020

Table 21: Global Platinum Mining – Anglo American Plc, Major Projects, 2014

Table 22: Global Platinum Mining – Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd, Major Projects, 2014

Table 23: Global Platinum Mining – Lonmin Plc, Major Projects, 2014

Table 24: Global Platinum Mining – MMC Norilsk Nickel, Major Projects, 2014

Table 25: Global Platinum Mining – Northam Platinum Ltd, Major Projects, 2014

List of Figures

Figure 1: Global Platinum Mining – PGM Reserves by Country (%), January 2015

Figure 2: Global Platinum Mining – Reserves by Active Mines and Mine Life, 2014

Figure 3: Global Platinum Mining – General Geological Map of Bushveld Igneous Complex, South Africa

Figure 4: Global Platinum Mining – Location of Great Dyke Mineral Belt, Zimbabwe

Figure 5: Global Platinum Mining – Location of Platinum Mines, Russia

Figure 6: Global Platinum Mining – Platinum Mine Production (Million Ounces) vs Platinum Prices (US$/Ounce), 2000–2020

Figure 7: Global Platinum Mining – Platinum Mine Production by Country (%), 2014

Figure 8: Global Platinum Mining – Platinum Metal Consumption (Million Ounces), 2000–2020

Figure 9: Global Platinum Mining – Platinum Metal Consumption, by Sector (%), 2014

Figure 10: Global Platinum Mining – Major Platinum (unwrought/semi-manufactured form) Exporting Countries (%), 2011–2014

Figure 11: Global Platinum Mining – Platinum Metal* Demand, by Sector (Thousand Ounces), 2015–2020

Figure 12: Global Platinum Mining – Top Five Company’s Share in World’s Platinum Mine Production (%), 2013 – 2014

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