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Silvery white palladium metal has a huge market in China, mainly as an industrial metal, which as per recent laws, is necessary for vehicles to purify car emissions.
The metal price increased by 80 per cent since last year August, mainly due to acute shortage. It is a metal 30 times rarer than gold, and its price surpassed gold for the first time since 2001.
Eighty per cent of the metal is mainly used in the automatic sector. There are limited metal resources in South Africa, Russia, Ontario and Montana, and recycling is one of the key sources of getting the metal (USGS report).
Usage of the metal has been increasing, and the supplies come as a byproduct of platinum mining, where the amount of production is expected to be low compared to the demand for the 8th year in 2019.
Its rise as jewellery was first seen in 1939 in the UK. It can be found in jewellery, and it overtook many traditional elements in the luxury jewellery section due to its elusive shiny properties.
A meteoric rise in demand for jewellery can be seen. In the precious metal category, gold and silver hallmark can be seen historically – before 1300 BC, platinum was hallmarked in 1975, and palladium joined the category in 2010 ( January).
It can be alloyed with other metals, which makes it resistant to corrosion and destruction. The bright look makes it attractive and compelling.
It can be found a bit darker in the shade of colour, but the weight of the metal creates a big difference. It is a heavy metal, which can sometimes create discomfort for the wearer. Therefore, only a lighter version of the metal can be found as jewellery.
The metal has multiple uses, which can be found in electronics, ceramic capacitors and soldering.
It is also found in dentistry and can be applied by the dentist to prevent corrosion and increase teeth lustre.
It is used in photographic printing and hydrogen purification. It can be found in fuel cell batteries to improve the efficiency of the cells. Certain factors can help in growing demand, like hybrid cars, and such demands lead to a rise in the price of the metal and its scrap.
As per investors, the supplies are low, and ETFs have seen an outflow of investors. Some evidence shows that China was stockpiling the metal to meet its domestic demand.
Automakers have a growing demand for metal, but alternatives like platinum are available at a lower cost.
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