The auto industry is a major source of industrial demand for palladium. Specifically, palladium is used in catalytic converters to reduce toxic gas emissions from gasoline-fueled cars – the auto sector consumes about 80% of the world supply of palladium for the manufacture of catalytic converters in cars, according to North American Palladium.
Palladium is used in gasoline-powered engines, whereas platinum is used to diminish emissions in diesel-powered engines.
“The Volkswagen diesel vehicle emissions scandal revealed in September 2015 fortified the negative sentiment toward diesel passenger vehicles in Europe,” CPM added.
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