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Platinum Metals Rev., 1970, 14, (1), 10

New Platinum Refinery in South Africa

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The new Johnson Matthey platinum refinery at Wadeville was opened officially in October 1969. Previously the entire output of partially refined material treated by Matte Smelters (Pty) Ltd at Rustenburg had been sent to England for final refining. A proportion of this material will now be processed at Wadeville to produce pure platinum group metals and compounds ready for marketing. The new refinery, in which Rustenburg Platinum Mines is a partner, is part of the implementation of the joint policy of Rustenburg and Johnson Matthey to assure industry throughout the world of adequate and continuing supplies of platinum metals. Rustenburg Platinum Mines, the world’s largest producer, currently produces 850,000 ounces troy of platinum per year and has an expansion programme to provide 1,000,000 ounces per year in 1970 and to increase capacity to 1,200,000 ounces per year by 1973.

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