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Platinum Beyond Jewelry

How platinum is making major advances in the medical, auto, technology and industrial arenas.

While platinum has made its global mark as the luxury jewelry industry's precious metal of choice, many are surprised to learn how diverse and important a role platinum plays in the production of a myriad of products and devices that protect the environment and improve health.  Commercial application of platinum is now evident in nearly every facet of commerce, including the medical, automotive, industrial and technology sectors.


 
CATALYTIC CONVERTERS
Clean-air legislation has made catalytic converters -- produced using platinum -- an integral part of the automotive industry since the mid 1970's.  These "filtering" systems substantially reduce harmful emissions produced by gasoline-power engines, generating even more dramatic results with diesel engines.


FUEL CELLS
Environmentally-friendly electric cars are fast emerging as a promising commercial alternative thanks to fuel cell technology, which utilizes catalysts of platinum, ruthenium and their alloys.


GAS REFINERIES
Before making it to the gas pump, platinum's catalytic qualities, high temperature stability, corrosion resistance and high melting point help convert low-octane gasoline into high-octane fuel using platinum-based reforming catalysts, heat and pressure.


GLASS FIBER
One of platinum's most far-reaching industrial applications is in the production of glass fiber or fiberglass.  Platinum has been universally used to reinforce plastic and concrete for building insulation, as well as in the production of ship hulls, car bodies and airplane fuselages.  More recently, the telecommunications industry is benefiting from use of platinum in the manufacturing of glass fiber optics.


FLAT PANEL SCREENS
With the demand of flat panel displays on the rise comes growing demand for platinum, which is used in the production of LCD and plasma television screen glass.


CANCER
Platinum's role in the fight against cancer is impressive.  Not only are platinum compounds used in chemotherapy drugs which inhibit cancerous cell growth, but radiation therapy utilizes platinum to strategically target tumors while minimizing the impact on surrounding healthy tissue.


PACEMAKERS
Those wearing pacemakers to treat heart disorders benefit from the durable, conductive and biologically-compatible qualities of platinum electrodes and contacts, which promote stable heart rhythm.


COMPUTER HARD DISCS
Demand of platinum used in the production of magnetic alloys for computer hard disc, which paved the way for greater storage density, doubled since 1998.


PERSONAL RAZORS
The sharpness and durability of personal razors used by men and women for shaving are enhanced by a coat of corrosion-resistant platinum.


TABLEWARE
As most brides-to-be well know, many fine tableware and china patterns are embellished with ornamental platinum edges or design accents which unmistakably distinguish it from everyday tableware.