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Manufacture of Basic Precious and Non-Ferrous Metals
BY Alex Conradie
South Africa
27 May 2019
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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Manufacture of Basic Precious and Non-Ferrous Metals


South Africa was the world’s largest producer of primary platinum and rhodium, and the second-largest producer of primary palladium in 2018, and it exported 900.9 kilotons of these metals to the value of US$14.2bn in 2017. The most vertically-integrated companies in this sector are the platinum group metals producers Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) and Lonmin, copper producer Palabora Copper and aluminium producer South32.


Mixed Fortunes


The volume of non-ferrous metal products (which includes precious metals) produced decreased by 4.4% between February 2018 and February 2019, while the sales value of these products at current prices rose by 15.6% over the same period. According to the latest Industrial Policy Action Plan, producers of platinum group metals are faced with the challenge of developing future demand for the metals. Department of Mineral Resources figures show that South Africa’s production of platinum group metals increased by 3.9% to 270.6t in 2018.


Report Coverage


This report covers the manufacture of basic precious and non-ferrous metals, and includes information on the size and state of the sector, production sales and export data, corporate actions and factors influencing the sector. There are 37 comprehensive profiles of industry players including the major producers such as Amplats, Implats, Lonmin, Sibanye and Gold Fields. Other companies profiled include Manganese Metal Company, the world’s only producer of high-grade electrolytic manganese metal (EMM) outside China, and the largest producer of selenium-free EMM in the world and Rand Refinery, which is increasingly sourcing feedstock outside South Africa as local gold production declines.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 1
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4.1. Local 6
4.1.1. Trade 9
4.1.2. Corporate Actions 12
4.1.3. Regulations 13
4.1.4. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 15
4.2. Continental 15
4.3. International 17
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 21
5.1. Economic Environment 21
5.2. Rising Input Costs 22
5.3. Inconsistent Supply of and Increasing Cost of Electricity 22
5.4. Environmental Concerns 23
5.5. Government Support 24
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 24
5.7. Labour 25
6. COMPETITION 26
6.1. Barriers to Entry 27
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 28
8. OUTLOOK 28
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 29
10. REFERENCES 29
10.1. Publications 29
10.2. Websites 30
APPENDIX 1 32
Summary of Notable players 32
COMPANY PROFILES 40
AFRICAN RAINBOW MINERALS PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 40
AFRISOL (PTY) LTD 44
ANDULELA INVESTMENT HOLDINGS LTD 46
ANGLO AMERICAN PLATINUM LTD 48
ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD 52
CAPE PRECIOUS METALS (PTY) LTD 58
COPALCOR (PTY) LTD 59
EGGERDING SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 62
EVRAZ HIGHVELD STEEL AND VANADIUM LTD 64
EXXARO RESOURCES LTD 66
FINEGOLD LABORATORY SERVICES CC 71
FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 73
GAUTENG REFINERY (PTY) LTD 77
GLENCORE OPERATIONS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 78
GOLD FIELDS LTD 82
HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LTD 87
HILLSIDE ALUMINIUM (PTY) LTD 93
HULAMIN LTD 95
IMPALA PLATINUM HOLDINGS LTD 99
LONMIN PLC 103
MANGANESE METAL COMPANY (PTY) LTD 109
METAL CONCENTRATORS SA (PTY) LTD 111
NIMAG (PTY) LTD 113
NON-FERROUS METAL WORKS (S A) (PTY) LTD 115
NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 118
PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 123
RAND REFINERY (PTY) LTD 126
RICHARDS BAY TITANIUM (PTY) LTD 129
RMC MINERALS CC 131
SA METAL GROUP (PTY) LTD 132
SA PRECIOUS METALS (PTY) LTD 135
SIBANYE GOLD LTD 137
SMT AFRITECH (PTY) LTD 142
STEENKAMPSKRAAL HOLDINGS LTD 144
VILLAGE MAIN REEF (PTY) LTD 146
WISPECO (PTY) LTD 149
ZIMCO GROUP (PTY) LTD 151