1987~2012: 25 Years of IPA

IPA turns 25 years

Founded in 1987, the IPA represents the worldwide leading mining, production and fabrication companies in the global platinum group metals (PGMs) industry, comprising platinum, palladium, iridium, rhodium, osmium and ruthenium. The Association has currently 15 members.

Our mission is to provide a platform to address issues of common concern and to jointly engage with stakeholders at the international level.

Our objectives are:

  • to generate and promote factual information on PGMs;
  • to represent the common interests of PGM mining, production and fabrication companies worldwide;
  • to encourage and assist continuous progress in the healthy, safe and environmentally sound production and processing of PGMs;
  • to define and communicate industry’s views on issues related to PGM production, use, and recycling;
  • to liaise with other institutions of interest to the Association and its members; and
  • to monitor trends and developments, identify opportunities and risks.

On the occasion of our 25th Anniversary we have put together the "25 Prominent and Promising Applications using Platinum Group Metals":

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Dowload here the full Fact Sheet on 25 Prominent and Promising Applications of PGMs.


Applications in Focus: Medical

PGM Use in Medical Implants and Treatments

The unique qualities of platinum group metals (PGMs) have made them crucial to the operation of many technological innovations which improve our lives.

Platinum can be fabricated into very tiny, complex components. As it is inert, platinum does not corrode inside the body, while allergic reactions to platinum are extremely rare. As a result, platinum has been used increasingly as a biomaterial. The noble metal also has good electrical conductivity, which makes it an ideal electrode material.

Pacemakers, used to treat heart disorders which result in slow or irregular heartbeat, usually contain at least two platinum-iridium electrodes, through which pulses of electricity are transmitted to stabilise the heartbeat. Platinum electrodes are also found in pacemaker-like devices which are used to help people at risk of fatal disturbances in the heart's rhythm. This risk can be minimised by implanting a device known as an Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) which sends a massive electric charge to the heart as soon as it detects a problem.

Find out more about PGMs in medical implants and treatments under applications.


Daily PGM Report

Spot prices (US$/ounce) for the platinum group metals.


The latest issue of IPA NEWS covers the following topics:

- Safety First Programme Halves Number of Accidents within One Year

Dual strategy of Swiss refiner Metalor pays off

All IPA members, regardless of whether they are mining companies or fabricators/refiners, have recognized that safety is a prerequisite for success and are sharing best practices to enhance the industry’s overall safety record. The working environment in precious metals refineries, advanced coatings operations and component manu- facturing presents inherent risks to employees’ safety due to hazardous chemical, thermal and mechanical industrial processes. At Metalor, the world’s largest multi-site refiner of gold and also a PGM refiner, employee safety is of highest priority. Through training, coaching, continuous audits and capital investments the compa- ny is making safety awareness central to its corporate culture. Efforts that are bearing fruit, as the number of accidents at the company’s sites have already been halved in the past 12 months.

- Forensic Technologies Support Identification of Stolen PGMs

Russian Mining and Metallurgical producer Norilsk Nickel uses state-of-the-art technologies to combat cross-border organized crime

The enormous production volumes – from ore mining to the production of highly enriched precious metals concentrates – create opportunities for theft from Norilsk Nickel of intermediate products containing precious metals at different stages of the raw materials processing chain. The theft issues are exacerbated by the severe polar climate conditions, which with a six months polar night, extreme cold and high winds, prevent the installation of perimeter fencing and implementation of human guard's posts around factories. The Russian company is the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium, and one of the largest producers of platinum, copper and other precious metals. Every year, Norilsk Nickel, together with such major South African companies as Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin, accounts for 85% to 90% of the world's total production of platinum group metals (PGMs).

- Sustainable Business Ethics: A Key Sector Imperative

Umicore Precious Metals Refining recognised as conflict free smelter

As an industry, the PGM sector has committed itself to conduct business with employees, suppliers and customers in an ethical manner and uphold respect for the people and communities in which the companies operate. This is not only an integral part of the ethical business practices and sustainability principles implemented by individual member companies, but also one of the key principles IPA members have committed to in the IPA Sustainability Principles declaration of 2009. IPA Members regularly exchange their views and policies on ethical business via the IPA Security Committee, a platform that brings together security representa- tives from the membership as well as external experts to discuss the various aspects of security – from business partner screening to the validation of materials through fingerprinting.

Click here to download the IPA NEWS ATUMN 2013.

Scroll through our IPA Comic: Platino & Gang

Hi, my name is Platino! Join me and my superheroes gang on a trip through the world of platinum group metals and learn how we help to improve your life, everyday!

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