Precious Metals

Platinum supply down as demand increases

Against an overall supply of 1,850,000 ounces of platinum during the first quarter of 2018, platinum demand reached 1,975,000 ounces, creating a 125,000-ounce supply deficit for the quarter.

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The World Platinum Investment Council reports the global platinum supply relative to demand was in a deficit during the first three months of 2018. Despite that, compared to the final three months of 2017, investment demand was down 26 percent.

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Against an overall supply at 1,850,000 ounces of platinum, overall platinum demand reached 1,975,000 ounces during the first quarter of 2018, from automotive, jewelry, industrial and investment sectors, creating a 125,000-ounce supply deficit.

Total mining supply was recorded as 1.4 million ounces during the first quarter of 2018, with South Africa leading the way at 985,000 ounces. The mining supply was 220,000 fewer ounces than the 1.62 million ounces reported as the fourth quarter 2017 mining supply total. 

The total overall supply of 1.85 million ounces (including supply from recycling scrap jewelry, industrial applications and automobile catalytic converters) was down 290,000 ounces from the same measure in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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