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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.
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.
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.