China will be a major player in the silver market in the years to come, according to a new report by the Silver Institute. The Chinese impact on silver comes from both the demand and supply sides of the equation.
China is by far the biggest silver consumer in the world. The Chinese account for about 18% of global fabrication demand and serves as a major destination for imported silver products fabricated in the US, Japan and other countries.
Meanwhile, China ranks as the third-largest silver-producing country in the world.
Green technologies will consume over 1.5 billion ounces of silver over the next twelve years.
The Silver Institute highlighted the growing demand for silver in the green energy sector, along with some new technological innovations utilizing the white metal in its latest edition of Silver News.
Lost in the shadow of gold and cryptocurrency, silver quietly gained over 6% in 2017. Even so, the white metal was considered an underperformer. Gold was up better than 12% on the year. But with silver languishing a bit behind gold, there are strong indications that 2018 could prove to be a big year for the white metal.
In fact, according to an article in the Business Standard, mainstream investors have started betting big on silver in anticipation of a big price upswing in 2018.
The amount of gold used in the technology sector grew for the fourth consecutive quarter, according to the latest demand report by the World Gold Council.
Tech industries consumed 67.3 tons of gold in Q3, a 3% increase year-on-year. Demand for memory chips served as a primary driver for increased industrial gold consumption.
Could silver be set to soar?
Analysts Barron’s spoke with recently think so.
An article published on the business journal’s website last week predicted the white metal will emerge as a winner for the second straight year.
With a per-ounce price of $17.41 for silver futures as of Friday, analysts say the white metal is poised for a big climb, particularly as the gold-to-silver ratio stands well above historical averages.”
Researchers continue to come up with amazing new technologies utilizing gold.
We generally think of gold as an investment as well as money, but it is increasingly being used in high-tech applications. Gold’s conductivity and malleability make it suitable for a number of futuristic applications, from energy production to healthcare. Researchers are even using the metal in things that sound like they came out of a sci-fi book. In fact, the tech sector accounted for about 6% of gold demand in 2016.