I refine metals for dental labs. Gold and Pal are used in making crowns. Most of the Dental labs that produce these crowns are going towards a 80/20 Pal/gold. Gold is becoming to expensive for these labs to use.Pal is becoming used more not only in the Dentistry industry but also in Jewlry.
You say that gold is getting too expensive, and I'll buy that argument. However, do you know anything about the inexpensive side of dentistry, mercury amalgams? They've really been trying to limit mercury discharges to the environment around here. They are forcing dentists to capture mercury that normally goes down the sink (along with forcing coal buring plants to capture mercury of course, which is the main thrust of recent legislation). I get the feeling that mercury amalgams are just going to be abandoned.
Do both issues leave palladium as the last man standing?
Why would any one still prefer to put toxic mercury in his mouth?
In Japan, they now outlawed mercury. The government mandate that all Janaese dentists must use palladium for dental crowning and dental fillings. Japan's dental palladium consumption is more than half of the world's total in dental applications. If China and other countries follow suit that's a huge demand even exceeding the auto-catalyst demand.