Precious Metals Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa), Application Development Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2017 – 2024
Report ID: GMI1435
Precious Metals Market size is expected to witness a surge in demand owning to their rare or high economic value. Higher comparative values of these products are driven by several factors including use in industrial different industrial processes, their rarity and consideration as investment vehicles with the intention of gaining positive returns.
A precious metal is an unique, naturally occurring metallic chemical metal of high financial value. Chemically, these are less reactive than most of the other elements. They have high luster and are usually ductile in nature. Historically, these products were significant as currency but are now more viewed mostly as investments and industrial commodities.
Some of the best known precious metals are gold, silver and coinage metals. Although gold and silver have various industrial applications, they are better known for their uses in jewelry, arts and coinage. Other types of these kinds of metals are from the platinum group including rhodium, ruthenium, osmium, palladium, platinum and iridium, out of which platinum is the most extensively traded.
Investors can participate in precious metals market by buying the physical assets, futures contacts of a particular metal or shares in publicly traded companies engaged in the exploration and production of these products. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds also offer a wide range of strategies, including portfolios of mining companies, funds backed by bullion currency and leveraged exposure.
Any investment in these products is carried out with an advantage to diversify portfolios and create store of value feature, especially as a hedge against inflation and during financial uncertainties. Out of these products, the single most famous product for investment is gold, followed by silver.
Oldest and the most recognized application segment in industry is jewelry. However, various other applications including technological usages are gaining high precious metals market share. Other applications of gold, platinum, silver and palladium are driving markets including industrial automotive and niche areas, where the products perform metallurgic and chemical roles other than aesthetics. It is generally sold in stock exchange markets linked with falling share prices credited to its rising high prices. Recent political turmoil in the Middle Eastern countries including Syria, Libya and Egypt has led to a substantial increase in investments in gold bars or bullions. This led to overselling gold, in turn increasing the gold prices in the precious metals market. Global supply of gold is a combination of central bank supply, scrap recovery and mined gold, out of which more than half comes from minded gold.
In addition, rising application of platinum and palladium metals in electric vehicles industry will also positively impact precious metals market growth. They are also used in industrial procedures include iridium, for the manufacturing of specialty alloys. Moreover, increasing demand for manufacturing artistic work and ornaments further foster the precious metals market development. Stringent governmental regulations on mining and rare availability of gold, silver and platinum may hinder the precious metals market growth in the forecasted period.
Asia Pacific lead as the chief producer as well as consumer of these products with noteworthy consumption in South East Asian countries including India and China. Furthermore, increasing growth of these emerging economies coupled with rising disposable incomes of the masses is the key drivers for the precious metals market growth.
Global precious metals market is highly fragmented, with the presence of large number of global and regional players. The competition is more intense at the regional levels than at the global level.
Some of the key precious metals market players include First Quantum Minerals, GlencoreXstrata, Gold Fields, Barrick Gold, Goldcorp and Freeport-McMoRan. Other prominent industry players are Gabriel Resources, North American Palladium, Lundin Mining, Norilsk Nickel, Harmony Gold Mining, Newmont Mining, Johnson Matthey, Impala Platinum and Lonmin.
In 2017, Barrick Gold, Canadian gold mining company formed a joint venture with another Canadian gold producer, Goldcorp to unite for the Cerro Casale Project in Chile as well as to acquire Exeter Resource. This strategy will benefit the company to strengthen its financial and technical divisions in the precious metals market to witness significant increase in net delivery value.
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