Indonesian gold scrap volumes rose by nearly 15% in 2016, but not all gold collected for recycling was jewellery scrap or investment bars. Gold dore collected from artisanal miners across the archipelago boosted supply and lifted exports, GFMS said.
The average domestic gold price in Indonesia rose 7% last year and this caused the rise in scrap volumes rising.
"Local refineries confirmed that they saw a notable rise in jewellery scrap last year with the bulk of these flows in the third quarter. The true size of artisanal mining in Indonesia has always been very opaque, given the unofficial nature of the trade," GFMS said. Source: PNGIndustrynew.net