Bodo Albrecht is the author of “Tech Metals Insider”, a very popular column on Kitco News featuring new technologies and trending companies in the fields of precious metals, rare earth elements and specialty metals.
Bodo has been a conference and keynote speaker for more than 20 years on a broad range of topics surrounding precious metals and their uses, as well as on marketing and social media in related industries.
Talking about fresh first-hand experiences with an electric vehicle to Kitco News, a question emerged: “what would happen to platinum group metals if everyone drove electric and didn’t need catalysts anymore?” At the time, automotive catalysts accounted for more than 50% of the world’s consumption of platinum, palladium and rhodium.
It was the starting point of an adventurous journey into automotive technology, hydrogen, solar power and even alchemy, all circling around market “megatrends” that will lead to “Metal Megatrends” as a consequence. Bodo’s “Tech Metals Insider” series ran for two years, during which the topic gained so much prominence that the articles are now featured regularly in the main daily news section, boosted by interviews and supporting articles by Kitco’s staff writers.
This new website serves as an upgrade of Bodo’s previous “Eniqma” blog site which had originally been designed for personal topics. The new format will allow for more focus on the many fascinating aspects of Metal Megatrends, and on Bodo’s upcoming appearances.
Please check out the current portfolio of talks, publications, seminars and books on this website.
Precious Metals are: gold, silver, platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium.
Rare Earth Elements are: cerium, dysprosium, erbium, europium, gadolinium, holmium, lanthanum, lutetium, neodymium, praseodymium, promethium, samarium, scandium, terbium, thulium and ytterbium.
Specialty Metals include: lithium, gallium, indium, germanium, rhenium, selenium, thallium, thorium and others.
Industries using these metals include: consumer electronics, automotive, energy production and storage, fuel cells, batteries, jewelry, recycling and refining, electronic materials, photovoltaics / solar energy, defense, chemical and petrochemical catalysts, glass production, contact materials, electroplating, and many others.
Disclaimer: through my work and friendship with both Kitco and Tradium I was the driving force behind a new page on Kitco News featuring current prices for a series of technology metals, a world novelty. Since many of these metals are not publicly traded but exchanged between market participants only, the new “Strategic Metals” page adds a new level of transparency to the market and was an instant success. In appreciation of my role in building and maintaining this feature, I will benefit (modestly) from resulting business obtained by Tradium.