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

Anglo in joint research to explore PGMs-based tech on hydrogen storage, electric vehicles

28 april 2021
Anglo American, through its platinum group metals (PGMs) business Anglo American Platinum, has partnered with Umicore to research and develop a ground-breaking technology that has the potential to transform the way hydrogen can be stored and used to power fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
Umicore is a leading supplier of catalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell electric vehicles. 
Anglo said the joint research and development programme aims to take the process through which hydrogen is chemically bonded to a liquid (known as a liquid organic hydrogen carrier or LOHC) a step further, targeting new PGMs-based catalyst technologies that can be installed directly in FCEVs and other forms of transport.
"The LOHC technology provides an attractive pathway to emission-free and cost-effective hydrogen-fuelled transport," said Anglo American executive head of PGMs market development, Benny Oeyen. 
"Anglo American believes that the particular catalytic properties of PGMs can further enhance the process by streamlining the logistics and offer a far simpler experience for consumers – combined with a similarly quick refuelling time and range as a conventional petrol or diesel vehicles – while also reducing costs across the entire value chain," he said.
Anglo American was an early supporter of the global potential for a hydrogen economy, recognising its role in enabling the shift to greener energy and cleaner transport, according to Anglo American Platinum chief executive Natascha Viljoen.
"With our platinum group metals playing a critical catalytic role in many technologies related to green hydrogen production and hydrogen-fuelled transportation, we are investing in those technologies that support a long-term investment environment for hydrogen to deliver its potential," she said.

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