Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

Huw Daniel is the CEO of Platinum Guild International, overseeing market development activities in China, Japan, India and the USA, on behalf of the platinum producers of South Africa. Before taking up this role in 2015, Huw ran PGI USA for 12 years...

13 september 2021

Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in...

06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

Alex Popov, President of the Moscow Diamond Exchange and head of the Âme jewelry brand, which uses lab-grown diamonds to produce jewelry, sat for an interview with Rough&Polished sharing his views on the coexistence of natural and man-made diamonds in...

23 august 2021

De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

De Beers inaugurated its GemFair pilot programme in Sierra Leone’s Kono District with 14-member mine sites in 2018 to create a secure route to market for ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale diamonds. GemFair programme manager Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg...

16 august 2021

Value of iridium in electrolysis to exceed R90bln on high demand – report

13 april 2021
The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology is projected to exceed R90-billion in the next decade to two decades, according to a news report citing Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure.
Mining Weekly quoted Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's (DSI's) National Centre of Competence: HySA Infrastructure as saying that the PEM electrolysis technology, which is mainly based on iridium, will form part of the technology mix in future.
“It is expected that with the penetration of large-scale PEM water electrolysis technology into the ‘green’ hydrogen generation market, the demand for iridium will only increase,” he said.
Bessarabov said the unlocking of the hydrogen value chain in South Africa would start with the country’s platinum group metals (PGMs) of iridium, platinum, palladium, osmium, rhodium and ruthenium.
Global production of hydrogen currently exceeds 70-million tonnes a year, with 95% of it sourced from fossil fuels. 

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished