Will Palladium Price Rise Again?

This is the knotty question that keeps many spent catalytic converter recyclers awake at night after Palladium (Pd) prices took a tumble in May. Let us share the research we’ve done to unravel the ‘mystery’.

Let’s start by saying that the outlook for palladium prices going up again is uncertain. There are several factors suggest a challenging future for Pd’s price recovery:

1.Electric Vehicle (EV) Impact: The rising adoption of electric vehicles, which do not require catalytic converters (the primary application of palladium), is expected to continue reducing the demand for palladium. This shift could have a lasting impact on the metal’s price as the automotive industry moves away from internal combustion engines [https://www.mining.com/web/palladium-price-falls-as-concern-evs-will-destroy-demand-returns-to-the-fore/.

2.Economic Factors: Economic conditions, such as interest rates and global economic growth, can also influence palladium prices. If economic conditions improve, leading to increased vehicle sales or industrial demand, there could be some upward pressure on prices.

However, any increase might be moderated by the ongoing shift to EVs and alternative materials [https://www.mining.com/web/palladium-price-drops-below-1000-as-demand-from-key-car-sector-wanes/).

3.Supply Considerations: Russia and South Africa, major palladium producers, have not significantly cut supply despite lower prices. Unless there are major disruptions in these regions, the supply is likely to remain stable or increase, which could keep prices low [Palladium price drops below platinum for first time in five years – MINING.COM] [Palladium price drops below $1,000 as demand from key car sector wanes – MINING.COM].

4.Market Speculation and Hedging: Speculative trading and hedging by producers can also influence prices. If traders anticipate a future shortage or geopolitical issues that might affect supply, prices could spike temporarily. However, such increases may not be sustainable if underlying demand continues to decline [Palladium price drops below platinum for first time in five years – MINING.COM].

Overall, while short-term fluctuations are always possible, the long-term outlook for palladium prices remains subdued unless there are significant changes in market demand, supply disruptions, or new industrial uses for the metal.

How to Manage Your Risks & Maximise Your Recycling Value 

Now, let’s look at how recyclers can protect themselves against financial exposure in the volatile converter recycling market, where profits are closely tied to the fluctuating prices of precious metals like platinum, palladium, and rhodium.

Here’s some risk management advice we give our customers to protect themselves against financial risks and ensure operational stability.

1.Hedging Against Price Fluctuations

One of the primary risks in recycling catalytic converters is the volatility in the prices of the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) extracted from them. Hedging, using financial instruments such as futures and options, allows businesses to lock in prices for these metals, protecting against unfavourable price movements. We provide forward hedging service for our long-term customers to help minimise their market risks, stabilize cash flow and budgeting, and making financial planning more predictable.

2.Enhanced Sampling & Analytical Capabilities

Get a better understanding of the sampling process because reliable sampling is the basis of accurate analysis then invest in proven analytic technologies like X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) so that you can correctly assess the content of PGMs in incoming materials and reduce the risk of overpaying for low-value converters.

We are committed to helping all our customers understand the entire recycling process and providing precise analysis that will help them make informed purchasing decisions while ensuring that every acquisition is financially viable based on the current metal prices.

3.Do NOT Hoard!

Do NOT hoard your stocks, especially in a volatile bear market! Effective inventory management is crucial in managing the risks associated with holding too much stock when prices are falling. We advise our customers to send us in small batches of 200kg of ceramic monolith each time in the current market condition to minimize the cost of holding large stocks of converters, reducing the risk of value depreciation due to falling metal prices.

4.Regular Market Analysis and Forecasting

We provide customers with daily update of PGM spot prices in addition to regular market trend reports and forecasts to prepare them for sudden changes in metal prices. This proactive approach enables them to adjust their buying and processing strategies in anticipation of market movements, rather than reacting to them when it’s too late.



Effective risk management in catalytic converter recycling is not an easy task. As a company that is committed to growing with our customers, we have in place a set of financial, operational, and strategic strategies to protect our customers against the inherent risks of the industry, minimise losses and ensure long-term sustainability despite the unpredictable swings in metal prices.