Advanced Practices for Precious Metals in Jewelry

BangkokOn February 19-20, 2018, the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) will host a seminar on best practices in the jewelry industry in Bangkok, Thailand. Sponsoring the event are Pandora, MasterMelt and Umicore.

It is not too late to sign up so head over to the IPMI’s website for more information, and registration details. I’ll attend as the IPMI’s Chair of the Board of Directors and acting Executive Director.

Looking forward to seeing some of you at the event!

 

Upcoming Event: AIChE Dinner Meeting

Hello everyone, and sorry for the long break. As some of you know, I have been busy running “operations” at the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) for some time now, on top of my position as Chairman of the Board, and – most of all – on top of my actual job at Sabin Metal Corporation.

Strategic Metals – Staring down a Cliff?

White Cliffs of Dover

Things are looking up, though, and 2018 will be an exciting year. For starters, I am happy to announce a presentation at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Dinner Meeting on January 16, 2018. The event is hosted by the Metro New York Section of AIChE at the Pfizer building in Manhattan. Please take a look at their website for details and registration info.

I look forward to seeing some of you at the event.

Happy New Year,

Bodo

Florida Strong Coin for Hurricane Irma Damage Relief

This is an initiative from Republic Metals Corporation that I thought you should be aware of. Florida is not only the home of the HQ of IPMI, the International Precious Metals Institute, but also of Republic Metals, and it’s a very cool state on top of it. If you know me, you know of my passion for the Florida Keys which is why I am happy to promote this initiative:

“On Sunday, September 10th, the eye of Hurricane Irma, a category-4 hurricane, made landfall over the Florida Keys and continued North, devastating cities all across the Sunshine State. Over 6.5 million people, approximately one-third of the state’s residents, were forced to evacuate in preparation for one of the strongest storms on record. Damage from Hurricane Irma is estimated to be greater than $50 billion and, with government aid and resources already spread thin from Hurricane Harvey, rescue workers and organizations need as much assistance as possible.

Republic Metals has designed and minted the FLORIDA STRONG silver round, and in cooperation with eBay and APMEX will be donating the profits to Red Cross. These donated funds will provide the families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma with much-needed food, shelter, and supplies.”

The coins are just $25 a piece so it’s easy to help. Click here to get to the eBay item.

Thank you!

 

Precious Metals and Mobility

Upcoming event: the IPMI’s European Chapter is hosting a seminar in Prague, Czech Republic, from November 13-14, 2017. Title is a question: “What will our metals’ future look like in Europe?”. I’ll give a glimpse at an upcoming symposium topic on precious metals and mobility and provide some insights into the subject.

For more information and registration, please click here. I look forward to seeing some of you at the event!

The latest on Strategic Metals: Retire Overseas Conference in Orlando, Florida

retire-overseas-conference-logo-2With a month to go, time for a reminder of this event. Strategic metals are still a relatively new investment group for private investors. To provide in-depth information on the metals, their applications and price developments, I will be speaking at the “Retire Overseas” conference in Orlando, Florida, on behalf of Tradium GmbH of Germany.

Tradium is a large industrial wholesaler supplying electronics and technology companies around the world with Rare Earth Elements and Strategic Metals. The company added private investments just a few years ago and backed it up by launching Metlock, a bonded high-security storage facility in Frankfurt, Germany.

The conference is hosted by Kathleen Peddicord and Lief Simon, who for many years have offered services and education surrounding retirement and investment planning.

Read more about the conference here: LINK

Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

NY Times: Platinum Demand faces Impact from Electric Car Growth

 

nyt-t-logoThe New York Times just picked up my Reuters discussion from last week. Generally happy to see that the relevance of this movement is gaining foothold in people’s mind. They might have done without the letters “IPMI” in the title. While it’s true that I am the current IPMI chairman, this interview was a personal one and not an official statement by the institute. Here is the link. 

 

Here is the NASDAQ version of the same event.

And here is Yahoo’s version 🙂

Investing.com ….

Reuters Interview / Q&A on the impact of Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles on Platinum

Reuters BannerFuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) vs. battery electric vehicles (BEV) – the precious metals industry is rightfully concerned about this battle. While FCEVs will utilize platinum in their fuel cells, BEVs need none, and each electric vehicle sold of either kind means that one less standard emission control catalyst has been sold. Reason for Reuters to inquire about the scale of the potential effects.

I sometimes feel like a doomsday prophet when I’m just tallying up statements and facts from people and governments in charge, that inevitably lead to one conclusion: electrification is near, and there is no sufficient hydrogen supply infrastructure to counter the expansion of electric charging.

Better to deal with the issue now than staring into an abyss a decade down the road. Precious metals, combined with rare earth elements and other “strategic” metals, are indispensable in making a sustainable planet a reality. So let’s focus on a vision for this world in 2040, and start working towards it.

To read a transcript of the Q&A session please click here.

Update: I just discovered the direct link to Reuter’s summary: click here to read.