A rare challenge

New processing technologies may transform the outlook for platinum miners in the future, but for now the majority must look to small breakthroughs in innovation and process design. Jayne Flannery reports

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Hatch and Ecomaister have developed a new process of dry slag atomisation for platinum smelters

Platinum is rare. Fewer than 150 tonnes of the precious metal are extracted annually and the earth does not give up this treasure easily.

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