Iridium Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Iridium in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

Iridium Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023

Iridium is a rare earth metal found in the platinum group in the periodic table. As the name suggests, it is a rarely found metal in the earth’s crust, and because of the very same reason, not many industrial applications could be conventionally deciphered for it. Hence, the mining for iridium is also limited, and generally, the prices don’t show many fluctuations. However, the trend has been changing in recent times.

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Iridium Price Trends


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Some new technological products have been using iridium. Due to its high melting point and great strength, it is being used to make spark plugs for internal combustion engines and other equipment that require very high-temperature applications, like spacecraft components. Brachytherapy, a radiation therapy for cancer treatment, also uses iridium isotopes. Overall, a very marginal and confined upward movement was noticed in the iridium price trend during the said time period.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the iridium prices are expected to vary within a very narrow range in the coming months; not much fluctuation in the prices is anticipated.

Iridium Price Trend for the First Half of 2023

Iridium market exhibited rising price trend throughout the first half of 2023. The need for cleaner and greener fuels rose, and global economic inflation also pushed up the prices for commodities. As scientists discovered that water could also be a very potent source of energy if we separate hydrogen from oxygen, the market for Iridium metal grew as it is heavily employed during the PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) process for oxygen evolution.

As this technique saw an increased utilization over the course of the discussed period, the prices for this precious transition metal were bound to grow. Iridium prices, too, saw a steady but consistent upward movement for both the initial quarters of the year 2023.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend for Iridium are likely to incline in the coming future as the demand for greener and alternate fuels is on the rise.

Iridium Price Trend for the Second Half of 2022

The prices of Iridium showcased an oscillating trajectory in the third and fourth quarters of 2022. The surge in demand during this period was due to the increasing support from engineering and related projects that drove the price trend of the commodity. Along with this, the prices inclined as a result of the increasing consumer database. However occasional dips were seen in the trend as prices suffered due to the increasing production costs and high costs of services required in obtaining this rare earth metal.

In China, the prices of rare earth metals including Iridium kept on increasing as the region showcases high demand from the magnet industry. Implications of restrictions leading to disruptions in the supply chain dynamics of the region also led to the rise in prices.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend of Iridium is expected to increase in the upcoming quarter. The rising demand from the end-user industries coupled with the uncertainties in the supply chains will continue to drive the prices of Iridium.

Iridium Price Trend For the First Half of 2022

Being the rarest stable metal in the Earth’s crust, Iridium prices are volatile and fluctuate depending on changes in production, demand, sourcing, trade congestion, etc. With the current economic and political situations, the iridium prices surged globally owing to inflationary pricing.

The Iridium prices averaged 4000 USD/troy oz in January and peaked around March, averaging 5100 USD/troy oz. However, the prices stabilized during the second quarter as the precious cargoes from South Africa arrived (supplies 80% of the world’s Iridium) owing to the relaxation of trade bottlenecks.

The Iridium prices averaged 4850 USD/troy oz towards the end of the second quarter. The price trend of Iridium remained anchored in the global market, recording an average price of 4630.08 during the first half of the said year.

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Iridium is a chemical element with the atomic number 77. It is a hard, brittle, silvery-white transition metal of the platinum group. Iridium is known to be the second-densest metal after osmium. It is one of the most corrosion-resistant metals, even at temperatures of 2000 °C.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Iridium
Industrial Uses Cosmetics, Crystals, Industrial appliances, Medical appliances, Coating for non-conductive materials
Chemical Formula Ir
Synonyms 7439-88-5, Iridium black, Iridium Ion
Molecular Weight 192.22 g/mol
Supplier Database Umicore N.V, BASF SE, Russian Platinum, Anglo American Platinum Limited, Johnson Matthey
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery


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Production Process

  • Production of Iridium via extraction as by-product

Iridium is removed from the other platinum group metals by precipitating ammonium hexachloroiridate or by extracting IrCl2−6 with organic amines.

Methodology

The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e. government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).

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