Oksan Atilan

Oksan Atilan

Consulting Market Analyst: Automotive Demand

MSc, BSc (Hons)

Oksan is located in Cyprus and augments SFA’s efforts to keep clients abreast of the changing global automotive market and its potential impact on the outlook for strategic metals demand. Over a number of years, Oksan has developed a detailed model on automotive catalytic converter demand for PGMs, taking account of vehicle production, powertrain technology, PGM loadings, metal ratios, thrifting, substitution, engine capacities, power, fuel types, legislation and regions.

Oksan also manages SFA’s full database updates and scenarios on a quarterly basis and our relationships and requirements from third-party data suppliers. She provides regular creative market intelligence in support of a number of SFA’s largest clients, including Board presentation packs and public presentations.

Key Assignments

  • Scenarios for major conglomerates and OEMs presenting the impact of changing autmotive technologies and their impacts on commodity consumption
  • Modelling demand trends and forecasts and applying mathematical techniques to estimate price forecasts for PGMs, cobalt, lithium, iridium, ruthenium and Rare Earths
  • Presenting PGM demand by end-use and comparing trends in jewellery demand with other end-uses
  • Following short-term trends in the automotive sector on a regional basis and putting together a monthly report on auto sales and production
  • Responsible for SFA’s automotive and industrial PGM end-use demand modelling
  • Analysing long-term trends in auto sales and production on regional and manufacturer bases, estimating PGM demand
  • Analysing data on engine sizes, diesel-gasoline ratios and new technologies
  • Analysing off-road engine trends on a regional basis, estimating platinum and palladium demand from this segment
  • Monthly precious metals, base metals and energy market reports, providing statistical analysis and presentation of monthly metals market data and forecasts


  • BSc Mathematics & International Studies (double major), Centre College, KY, USA 
  • MSc International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

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The Team

Stephen A. Forrest
Chairman, Principal Consultant & Engineer; Chairman of the Executive Committee

Beresford Clarke
Managing Director & Head of Research; Member of the Executive Committee

David Mobbs
Head of Marketing; Member of the Executive Committee

Dr Jenny Watts
Principal Analyst: Automotive Demand & Technology; Member of the Executive Committee

Samantha Trickey
Principal Analyst: Supply, Geology & Mining; Member of the Executive Committee

Dr Ralph Grimble
Principal Market Analyst: Commodities & Financial Markets; Member of the Executive Committee

Jamie Underwood
Senior Strategy Analyst: Project Consulting

Oksan Atilan
Consulting Market Analyst: Automotive Demand

Wenlin (Karen) He
Consulting Market Analyst: China

Thomas Chandler
Senior Strategy Analyst: Project Consulting

Alex Biddle
Senior Mining Analyst

John Miles
Associate Consultant

Elaine Forrest
Executive Company Secretary; Secretary of the Executive Committee

Andy Smith
Independent; Member of the Executive Committee

Jeremy Coombes
Independent; Member of the Executive Committee