PGMs

The ore from the Tharisa Mine produces a PGM basket containing platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, iridium and gold.

PGMs or platinum group metals are a group of metals platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium. That have similar physical and chemical properties and tend to occur together in the same mineral deposit. The usefulness of PGMs is determined by their particular chemical and physical properties. Certain of these properties are shared by other metals, but it is the unique combination of properties that defines the PGMs in their end markets. PGMs have high catalytic activity, high thermal resistance, are chemically inert, biocompatible and are hard but malleable for forming into shapes. Platinum, palladium and rhodium are used in high volumes applications, whileruthenium and iridium have niche high technology applications.

PRIMARY USES OF PGMS GLOBALLY

PRIMARY USES OF PGMS GLOBALLY
Pt
Platinum
Automotive catalytic converters
Jewellery
Pd
Palladium
Automotive catalytic converters
Jewellery
Ru
Ruthenium
Electrical contacts
Chemical catalyst
Rh
Rhodium
Automotive catalytic converters
Optic fibre coatings
Ir
Iridium
Corrosion resistant
Automotive spark plugs
Au
Gold
Jewellery
Coinage