December 08, 2011
Carmakers will use a record $7 billion of platinum in catalytic...
Platinum Group Metals — six chemically, physically and structurally similar elements that naturally occur together— are some of the world’s most sought-after minerals, prized for their rare, durable and valuable qualities. Commonly associated with jewelry, many people are not aware of their versatility and contributions to daily life. From transportation technology and fuel cell innovations to the most sophisticated medical equipment, platinum group metals are vital resources. In fact, 20 percent of goods manufactured today either contain platinum group metals or require them during production, making these metals essential to nearly every industry.
Our new infographic details the many, often surprising places where you can find platinum group metals, from our cell phones and tablets to our cars and even inside the human body. Beyond platinum group metals, minerals of all kinds serve as the foundation of innovation. For more information on the daily use of minerals, check out our online toolkit.