Where we operate and our business
Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Implats is structured around six main operations (with a total of 22 underground shafts): Impala, Zimplats, Marula, Mimosa, Two Rivers and Impala Refining Services.
Implats produces approximately 25% of the world’s supply of platinum (14% being toll and recycled material) with a workforce of 57 000 (including 17 000 contractors). In the review period, the Group produced 3.772 million ounces of PGMs, including 1.836 million ounces of platinum.
The most significant PGM deposits in the world are the Bushveld Complex in South Africa and the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe, which contribute around three quarters of global platinum output. PGMs are a relatively rare commodity – only around 500 tonnes (excluding recycling) are produced annually, of which less than 200 tonnes are platinum – yet they play a progressively more important role in everyday life, such as autocatalysts to control vehicle emissions, in the production of LCD glass and as hardeners in dental alloy.
PGMs – primarily platinum, and the associated by-products, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and gold usually occur in association with nickel and copper.