R/€ = 20.3269 Change: -0.0552
R/$ = 19.1087 Change: 0.0147
Au 2342.56 $/oz Change: -49.28
Pt 931.00 $/oz Change: -12.50


Over-optimistic, exaggerated expectations in platinum market can lead to bad investment decisions, says CPM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2024 Independent commodity research group CPM Group managing partner Jeffrey Christian has dispelled some of the common myths in the platinum market, which can lead to bad investment decisions on the part of producers, investors, governments and other financing sources. “There are high costs to making... 

New-vehicle sales plummet 11.7% in March, extending months-long slide

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2024 New-vehicle sales plummeted by 11.7% in March, to 44 237 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales for the first quarter of the year are now 5.3% below the same period last year. 

Metair reassures market amid huge debt, challenges at Türkiye battery business

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2024 Metair is still very much open for business and the group is able to accommodate new clients should they need automotive components or energy storage solutions, says new CEO Paul O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty, now two months into the job after former CEO Sjoerd Douwenga bowed out, owing to health... 

GAC Motor joins inflow from China

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2024 China’s GAC Motor has appointed Salvador Caetano Auto as the distributor and retailer of GAC vehicles, spare parts and related services in South Africa (SA). GAC Motor is a subsidiary of the State-owned GAC Group, and was founded in 1997. The brand joins a rapidly growing number of Chinese... 

Green economy surge pushes 2023 silver industrial demand to new highs

By: Mariaan Webb     18th April 2024 Building upon the momentum of 2022’s surge in silver consumption for industrial applications, 2023 saw yet more record-breaking industrial demand, reaching 654.4-million ounces, fuelled by the expanding landscape of green economy initiatives. While there was a slight downturn in overall silver... 

Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The applications that we’re looking at are stationary as well as mobility applications of using hydrogen... 

Association unpacks likely copper demand trends driving growth up to 2040

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2024 Research commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) has found that copper’s future market share will be defined by regional trends and the green energy transition. The research, which was undertaken by CRU Group, deems it likely that copper demand will grow from 28.3-million... 

Speakers outline opportunities for PGMs in the hydrogen market

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th April 2024 Hydrogen could play a key role in addressing South Africa’s pressing energy challenges and platinum group metals (PGM) will have a pivotal role to play in the hydrogen economy, as the metals are a catalyst in many of the processes in the value chain. It is also critical for the country to act now... 

PGM recycling, lower-grade resources offer opportunities in low-price environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2024 With the platinum group metals (PGM) basket price remaining at low levels, particularly with platinum pricing at about $935/oz currently, investors are looking at how mining companies are able to generate free cash flow, the cost of their operations and their commodity mix. Commenting on... 

IonicRE subsidiary mulls expansion of Belfast magnet recycling demo plant's capacity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th April 2024 Amid significant demand for the production of rare earth oxides (REOs) from magnet recycling, which is currently essentially non-existent in the Western world, Ionic Technologies International, a subsidiary of ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths (IonicRE), is exploring options to increase the capacity... 

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