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Platinum Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Platinum Market is segmented by Application (Exhaust Systems, Jewelry, Chemical Catalysts, Glass Production, Electronics, and Other Applications) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World). For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (Thousand Ounces).

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Platinum Market Snapshot

Platinum Market Size
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >4.5 %

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Market Overview

Platinum Market is expected to reach 7,449.05 Thousand Ounces by the end of this year, and is projected to register a CAGR of over 4.5% during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 outbreak caused nationwide lockdowns around the world, disruption in manufacturing activities and supply chains, and production halts, all of which had a negative impact on the market in 2020. However, conditions began to improve in 2021-2022, which is expected to boost market growth during the forecast period.

  • Over the long term, increasing usage of platinum in industrial applications will be driving the market.
  • On the flip side, the high product prices are hampering the growth of the market studied.
  • The growing demand of electric vehicles (EVs) are increasing fuel cell demand, which, in turn, will rise the demand for platinum in the future and act as an opportunity for the market during the forecast period.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the global market, owing to the huge demand for platinum for application in exhaust systems, electronics, glass production and others.

Scope of the Report

Platinum is a highly unreactive, dense, precious, ductile, silverish-white transition metal which is mostly used in automotive exhaust systems and jewelry. The platinum market is segmented by application and geography. By application, the market is segmented into exhaust systems, jewelry, chemical catalysts, glass production, electronics, and other applications. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the platinum metal market in 11 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (thousands ounces).

Application
Exhaust Systems
Jewelry
Chemical Catalysts
Glass Production
Electronics
Other Applications
Geography
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Europe
Germany
United Kingdom
Italy
France
Rest of Europe
Rest Of The World
South America
Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Demand for Exhaust Systems in Automobile Industry

  • Platinum, a naturally available rare metal, is an extensively used catalyst in combination with other platinum group metals in automobile catalytic converter systems.
  • Exhaust systems are an important segment of vehicles that are composed of an exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, oxygen sensor, muffler, and exhaust pipes. These components function together to eliminate noise, convert harmful pollutants that get collected in the engine’s combustion chamber to less harmful gases, and provide an exit channel for their discharge out of the vehicle.
  • The automotive exhaust segment constitutes the largest application segment for platinum. Roughly 40% of the total platinum production volume is consumed by the automotive segment. Typically, a diesel automobile exhaust contains about 3-7 grams of platinum. The exact value may vary with the brand and type of vehicle.
  • As per the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) Quarterly Q2 2022 report, the demand for platinum in the automotive sector stood slightly weak at 708 Koz during Q2 2022, primarily due to the supply chain constraints in the industry induced by the ongoing semiconductor scarcity, disruptions from the Russia-Ukraine war, and lockdown in China.
  • However, WPIC forecasts the overall platinum demand in 2022 to witness a hike supported by high internal combustion engine vehicle production (3% y-o-y).
  • The factors mentioned above are expected to increase the demand for platinum during the forecast period.
Platinum Market Segmentation Trends

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the market studied during the forecast period, due to an increase in demand from countries, like China, India, and Japan.
  • As per a survey conducted by the World Gold Council, the Chinese “Gen-Z” dislike gold jewelry goods and tend to opt for diamond and platinum jewels. In the coming years, a significant share of the population would come under this category, which will increase the demand for platinum-based jewelry, thereby affecting the market studied.
  • In addition, the demand for electric vehicles in China is anticipated to witness strong growth over the forecast period on account of the rapid development, owing to the rising government initiatives, and an increasing number of manufacturing companies. A growth of 106% in battery-plugged-in electric vehicles was witnessed in November 2021 in comparison to the same period in 2020. 
  • The majority of platinum consumption is in the automotive sector, especially in the catalytic converters. India has one of the largest automobile markets in the world. According to India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), in 2021, the total passenger vehicle production reached 22,652,108.
  • The Indian glass industry's growth has been driven primarily by the construction sector. Furthermore, India is one of the top 15 glass packaging markets in the world, and it is the third fastest expanding market after Turkey and Brazil. Most of the glass demand in the country originates from container glass, which accounts for 50 % of the country‘s glass consumption by value.
  • In Japan, according to Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), as of December 2021, the global production by the Japanese electronics and IT industry, including electronic equipment, components, devices, and others, was estimated to register a growth of 8% Y-o-Y in 2021 to JPY 37,319.4 billion, and the industrial production is forecasted to be JPY 38,015.2 billion in 2022, with an estimated growth of 2% Y-o-Y.
  • The aforementioned factors, coupled with government support, are expected to contribute to the increasing demand for the platinum market in Asia-Pacific, during the forecast period.
Platinum Market Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The global platinum market is consolidated, with top players accounting for a major share of the market. Some of the companies in the market studied include Anglo American Platinum Limited, Impala Platinum Holdings Limited, Sibanye-Stillwater, Northam Platinum Holdings Limited, and Norilsk Nickel, among others (not in any particular order).

Major Players

  1. Norilsk Nickel

  2. Northam Platinum Limited

  3. Sibanye-Stillwater

  4. Anglo American Platinum Limited

  5. Impala Platinum Holdings Limited

 Anglo American Platinum Limited, Norilsk Nickel, Northam Platinum Limited, and Sibanye-Stillwater

Recent Development

  • In April 2022, Impala Platinum Holdings Limited planned to acquire a 100% stake in the South Africa-based platinum manufacturer Royal Bafokeng Platinum. It already owns 35.3% of the shares of Royal Bafokeng Platinum. The 100% acquisition will pave the way for creating one of the biggest platinum metal miners worldwide. It will also help Impala consolidate its market position.
  • In February 2022, Heraeus Holding agreed to form a joint venture with BASF SE to recover precious metals, including platinum, from spent automotive catalysts in China. Under this joint venture, a new company named BASF HERAEUS Metal Resource Co. Ltd will be set up in Pinghu, China. 

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Usage In The Industrial Applications

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Demand For Applications In The Automotive Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 High Product Prices

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Exhaust Systems

      2. 5.1.2 Jewelry

      3. 5.1.3 Chemical Catalysts

      4. 5.1.4 Glass Production

      5. 5.1.5 Electronics

      6. 5.1.6 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.2.1.1 China

        2. 5.2.1.2 India

        3. 5.2.1.3 Japan

        4. 5.2.1.4 South Korea

        5. 5.2.1.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. 5.2.2.1 United States

        2. 5.2.2.2 Canada

        3. 5.2.2.3 Mexico

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. 5.2.3.1 Germany

        2. 5.2.3.2 United Kingdom

        3. 5.2.3.3 Italy

        4. 5.2.3.4 France

        5. 5.2.3.5 Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 Rest Of The World

        1. 5.2.4.1 South America

        2. 5.2.4.2 Middle-East and Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%) Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Anglo American Platinum Limited

      2. 6.4.2 Chimet Spa

      3. 6.4.3 Heesung Pmtech

      4. 6.4.4 Heraeus Holding

      5. 6.4.5 Hindustan Platinum

      6. 6.4.6 Impala Platinum Holdings Limited

      7. 6.4.7 Johnson Matthey

      8. 6.4.8 Nihon Material Co. Ltd

      9. 6.4.9 Norilsk Nickel

      10. 6.4.10 Northam Platinum Holdings Limited

      11. 6.4.11 Sibanye-stillwater

    5. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

    1. 7.1 Future Of Fuel Cells

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Platinum Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Platinum Market is growing at a CAGR of >4.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Norilsk Nickel, Northam Platinum Limited, Sibanye-Stillwater, Anglo American Platinum Limited, Impala Platinum Holdings Limited are the major companies operating in Platinum Market.

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