Platinum pioneers - 5 August 2020
Vision and innovation: taking platinum-based hydrogen fuel cells to the mainstream
Few people are currently aware of the full range of interesting and highly beneficial things that platinum does. To address this, we publish our brief 60 Seconds in Platinum articles up to four times per month.
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Watch the WPIC's video to understand the basics of platinum exchange traded funds
Ryan Valadez, Executive Vice President, Global Trading, talks to the WPIC about Dillon Gage's tech strategy and how the business is reaching out to increase awareness around precious metals investment and the potential to include platinum in a retirement portfolio
WPIC discusses platinum bullion and e-commmerce with its partner, APMEX
WPIC's partner BullionVault explains the benefits of buying and selling physical platinum investments through its online platform
Platinum has had a remarkable 2019. Watch this video to see how this most precious of metals has featured in key events during the year.
An interview with the World Platinum Investment Council's partner, BullionVault
Forget the jargon – platinum bullion products offer a variety of easy-to-access routes to investment in physical platinum
Platinum is rare and highly concentrated in one location with underground reserves requiring significant time and capital investment to extract and refine
Recycled volumes of platinum make an important contribution to global supply, helping to manage the demand balance of a scarce natural resource
Platinum in resistance thermometers is helping to shed light on black holes
Platinum is fungible – an attribute useful to both those looking to invest in physical platinum and those buying platinum for use in industrial and automotive applications
Platinum is widely used as a catalyst to increase reaction rates and improve yields
Japan’s affinity with platinum has been boosted by the enthronement of its new emperor
Platinum-based hydrogen fuel cells can provide emissions-free solutions across many modes of public transport
Platinum is playing a major role in combating some of the most serious health issues facing the world
Casting platinum to fabricate jewellery and other products only became possible relatively recently, once scientists unlocked platinum’s unique physical and chemical properties
Platinum’s many industrial uses are the overlooked cornerstone of demand – up by nearly four times in three decades
Platinum in hard disk drives is helping to deliver the expansion of essential data storage solutions needed to support rapid digital growth
Mention the US and platinum jewellery in the same breath and for most people, one name springs to mind
Choosing to hold platinum as part of a retirement savings plan is often easier than investors think
Platinum-based fuel cells are making zero emissions a reality for commercial fleets looking for long-term, sustainable solutions
Platinum-based therapies have been at the forefront of cancer treatment for more than forty years
Platinum is an essential component in the 700,000 pacemakers fitted worldwide each year
The widespread adoption of platinum-based fuel cell electric vehicles is slated to become a reality in the US state of California
The Platinum Group Metals’ unique properties make them crucial in many industrial processes – often due to a chance discovery
Adding physical platinum to a portfolio or self-managed pension is straightforward with a platinum exchange traded fund
As the fourth largest market in the world for platinum jewellery, India continues to see growth in demand – especially among young consumers
China is committed to developing the platinum-based fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) market, targeting one million FCEVs on its roads by 2030
The first few months of 2019 have seen strong investor enthusiasm for platinum American Eagle bullion coins
Japan has long been associated with platinum innovation and investment, from platinum-based hydrogen fuel cells for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to platinum accumulation plans
Platinum is a rare resource that occurs in only a few places on Earth. It cannot be obtained easily
Hydrogen fuel cells enable electricity production with zero emissions - and platinum plays a key role. What are they and where does platinum fit in?
The family of Platinum Group Metals is used to make alloys that provide optimal solutions for a range of applications
The modern periodic table was first created 150 years ago, enabling the classification of chemical elements for the first time, including the Platinum Group Metals
Platinum is the precious metal most associated with love, however its cultural significance and symbolic associations extend beyond the romance of Valentine’s Day
Chris Howard, Director of Bullion at The Royal Mint, outlines the successful addition of platinum to its precious metals offering for investors, in partnership with The World Platinum Investment Council. Results have so far exceeded his expectations, with more than 30,000 oz of platinum sales in 2018.
Innovation in the treatment of patients with neurovascular conditions is harnessing platinum’s radiopacity – clear visibility in X-rays
– allowing doctors greater precision and achieving better outcomes
Platinum-based sensors have widespread applications, improving our personal safety, enhancing the functionality of equipment and processes, as well as paving the way for future technologies
Platinum was part of the pioneering technology that paved the way for the first moon landings
Platinum plays a key role in modern cochlear implant technology, which has revolutionised the lives of patients
The petrochemical industry relies on platinum catalysts to meet growing global demand for the higher-octane fuels needed by gasoline and gasoline-hybrid vehicles
Speciality silicones are a growing business, and platinum’s catalytic properties are key to their formulation in a process known as ‘curing’
With Christmas approaching, it is worth remembering that investing in platinum jewellery has many benefits. It is also the precious metal most associated with love
Platinum is used in many ways, from cancer treatments to improving crop yields, making a real difference to our lives on a daily basis
Platinum shares many of its unique physical and chemical properties with the other Platinum Group Metals
The purity of platinum matters to consumers and investors alike. The platinum market addresses this by providing the assurances necessary to build confidence and trust
Platinum is used extensively to make glass. Today, it helps to make many products that are integral to our lives, from smart phone screens to fibreglass for wind turbines
Platinum’s unique physical properties have long been recognised by the scientific community. Since 1799, it has been the global standard by which a kilogram is defined
Future demand for platinum-tipped spark plugs ignited by drive to improve efficiency and reduce emissions
Platinum benefits from being both an industrial and precious metal, 30 times rarer than gold, and an effective portfolio diversifier
A growing number of investors are choosing online bullion accounts as their preferred method of buying platinum
The rise of social media and big data will vastly increase cloud-based data storage needs. Platinum, a key component of computer hard drives, will play a major role in enabling this connected future
While US demand for newly minted gold and silver coins is nearing its lowest levels in a decade, platinum coin sales in the region have bucked the downward trend
The millennial wedding market has become a key driver of platinum jewellery demand in China, Japan, the US, and in the newly emerging market in India
A new alloy made of 90% platinum and 10% gold is being described as the most durable metal on earth, but could it really make a contribution in the real world?
With platinum at its lowest price level in a decade, investors looking to take advantage of this attractive entry point may consider doing so with the ease of an exchange-traded fund
A growing range of platinum coins is being issued by the world’s leading mints. They offer investors an accessible way to gain exposure to a metal that is both precious and industrial, and 30 times rarer than gold.
Platinum’s applications continue to grow and evolve. After 30 years of use in treating aneurysms, a new more flexible application of the precious metal now updates this technology, further improving outcomes for sufferers.
Team USA was victorious at the inaugural Athletics World Cup in London this summer, taking home the first-ever sporting Platinum Trophy as the world’s premier precious metal assumes a new role at the pinnacle of global sport.