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China's Jiangxi Copper has plans for M&A in Africa – chairperson

By: Reuters     19th October 2017 State-owned China metals firm Jiangxi Copper plans to make an acquisition in mineral-rich Africa, president and chairperson Long Ziping said, as the country's top integrated copper producer aims to step up overseas expansion. Long, appointed chairperson last month, didn't identify potential... 

Iron-ore, coking coal skid again in China as demand concerns emerge

By: Reuters     19th October 2017 Prices of steelmaking commodities iron ore and coking coal fell sharply on Thursday, pressured by worries over slower demand as Chinese mills curb output in line with Beijing's campaign to fight smog. Iron ore futures slid more than 4% and coking coal dropped more than 5%. Rebar steel futures... 

China's CEFC eyes big league with Rosneft oil offtake deal

By: Reuters     18th October 2017 As part of its recent $9.1-billion investment in Russian oil giant Rosneft, little-known CEFC China Energy will have access to up to 260 000 bbl/d of Russian oil - giving it the sort of market clout to potentially challenge dominant Western oil traders like Vitol. For China, the world's top crude... 

China factories grapple with soaring prices as pollution crackdown bites

By: Reuters     17th October 2017 Chinese exporters at the country's biggest trade fair are more optimistic about global demand now than six months ago but Beijing's crackdown on pollution is ramping up costs and product prices, hurting smaller factories and foreign buyers. At the Canton Fair where some 25 000 manufacturers are... 

China says EU, US trade moves lack awareness of WTO rules

By: Reuters     12th October 2017 China's commerce ministry said on Thursday that the European Union's new trade rules against Chinese imports lacked awareness of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, urging the EU to abide by those requirements. Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng made the remarks at a regular briefing in... 

MMG seeking M&A in copper, zinc, other commodities - CEO

By: Reuters     12th October 2017 MMG Ltd, the international mining unit of state-owned China Minmetals Corporation has become China's preferred developer of overseas projects and is looking at acquisitions beyond its core strengths of copper and zinc, MMG's chief executive said. As well as actively looking for copper and zinc... 

China's top coke producer to curb output in pollution war

By: Reuters     11th October 2017 China's top coke producer Shanxi Coking will slash output for coke and some chemical products including tar and methanol during the coming winter months as part of Beijing's campaign against air pollution. The company will trim around 900 000 t of coke and 360 000 t of chemicals from production... 

Congo halts Sicomines' copper exports, orders local refining

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo ordered Sinohydro Corp. and China Railway Construction Corp.’s local mining venture to stop exporting unprocessed copper and cobalt and refine all its metals within the country. Sicomines must ship “only high-value products” as the government looks to “ensure the... 

Open Mineral Exchange revolutionises commodity trading through innovative online platform 

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 A group of former traders at commodity giant Glencore has created an innovative new cloud-based mineral exchange to make it easier for producers and users to trade physical commodities – cutting out the often costly middle man. “We are reinventing the industry,” Open Mineral Exchange (OME) COO... 

Government visits China for SEZ study tour

     29th September 2017 Last month, members of the special economic zone (SEZ) advisory board from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) visited Beijing, in China, for a week-long study tour.  

TOO MANY BICYCLES IN BEIJING

     29th September 2017 Katie Melua’s ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ song may have been a smash hit globally, but bike-sharing schemes across many Chinese cities have now officially become a national menace. Across Chinese cities, sidewalks are filling up with bicycles, owing to the poor regulation of the popular sharing... 

China steel futures rise as winter cuts kick in early

By: Reuters     27th September 2017 China's iron ore and steel futures climbed on Wednesday after some cities in the north of the country announced an early start to winter restrictions on mill output, though coke and coking coal both continued to fall on worries over faltering demand. The most-traded construction steel futures... 

Rare earth metals electrified by China's illegal mining clean-up

By: Bloomberg     7th September 2017 Rare earths are booming again as a clampdown on wildcat miners in China crimps supply in the world’s biggest producer while the clean energy boom bolsters their use in everything from electric vehicles to wind turbines. Prices for “light” rare earths including neodymium and praseodymium have... 

Higher aluminium prices lift Rusal Q2 core earnings

By: Reuters     25th August 2017 Russian aluminium giant Rusal reported a 48% rise in second-quarter core earnings on Friday due to a higher aluminium price, and pointed to a positive outlook for the second half as supply in China tightens. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose to... 

Obscure metal used to fight crusaders has surged 67% in a month

By: Bloomberg     24th August 2017 It’s turning out to be a great year for minor metals. Rechargeable-battery ingredient cobalt has gained 83%, while ruthenium, used in the chemical industry and electronics, is up 63%. The latest star is vanadium, an obscure silvery-grey metal thought to have been used to harden steel as far back... 

Huge opportunity to create more demand for platinum – PGI 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2017 The South African platinum industry has been investing in platinum jewellery for more than 45 years through the Platinum Guild International (PGI), which has turned platinum jewellery into an amazing South African asset. Of all the platinum demand levers, platinum in jewellery is the one that can... 

Aluminium market deficit on the cards this year; price reacts to Chinese curtailments – BofAML

     22nd August 2017 The Chinese government has so far this year ordered 4.3-million tonnes of aluminium capacity closures at smelters in Inner Mongolia, Shandong and Xinjiang, pointing to the potential for a global aluminium market deficit to emerge before year-end, the latest analysis from Bank of America Merrill... 

Rising prices signal end of ‘hand-to-mouth’ CREE market 

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd August 2017 Higher prices for critical rare earth elements (CREE) are marking a return of confidence to the industry and the end of the so-called “hand-to-mouth” market as users increasingly turn to contracting to secure long-term security of supply. “For several years users were unsure about the market... 

Rougher waters in the Indian Ocean while SA behaves like the ostrich

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2017 To holidaymakers the Indian Ocean usually appears a balmy body of sea. But, over the horizon, out of sight, great political forces are moving across the ocean and its subsidiary seas and gulfs, creating rougher waters.  

Fast-growing Chinese aluminium sector attracts increased govt scrutiny

By: Henry Lazenby     21st July 2017 As the Chinese aluminium sector comes under greater pressure to moderate its capacity growth, the government is cracking down on so-called ‘illegal’ smelters, analysis by Wood Mackenzie global aluminium markets senior research analyst Ami Shivkar has found. Shivkar argues that unqualified... 

China's new Silk Road encroaches on US turf in Eastern Europe

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2017 In the 19th century mansion in central Belgrade where bureaucrats plan some of Serbia’s important overseas projects, 64-year-old Ivan Mrkic is busy unpacking boxes teeming with the books, research papers and maps he needs to become an instant expert on China. Mrkic, a one-time Foreign Minister,... 

New Era assembly facility expansion and upgrade project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 BAW plans to expand and upgrade its New Era assembly facility, in Springs, Gauteng. 

China said to plan coal import ban at some ports starting July 1

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2017 China plans to ban coal imports starting July 1 at ports that were set up through approvals by provincial authorities, the latest move by President Xi Jinping’s government to exert stricter control on the market. Ports in the world’s largest consumer of the fuel that were approved under the... 

LEM completes its surface mounted SO8 & SO16 isolated current transducers range with an integrated current conductor

     22nd June 2017 Key points: Open-loop Hall effect ASIC-based current transducers to measure from 4 A up to 30 A DC, AC or pulsed Cost effective, 2 x IC packaging for SMD automatic assembly Excellent immunity to external fields Good offset and gain drifts Wide operating temperature range from -40 to +125ºC Up to... 

The hard-to-believe steel shortage that's unfolding in China

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2017 The world’s top steelmaker may have a shortage of steel. China has a lack of rebar, according to iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals Group, which says a shortfall of the key product helps to explain a divergence between the price of the commodity it digs up with the alloy it’s made into. There’s a... 

Trevor Hill appointed new head of Audi SA

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2017 Trevor Hill has been appointed as the new head of Audi South Africa (SA). Hill will succeed Paul Sansom, who has been appointed as the MD of Audi Australia. 

Havilah gets partner at Kalkaroo

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th May 2017 Gold junior Havilah Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing-based Wanbao Mining to complete a prefeasibility study (PFS) on the Kalkaroo copper/gold project, in South Australia. The PFS, which will be undertaken by an independent mining consultancy, is expected to... 

India, Japan to push for One Belt, One Road counter at AfDB conference 

By: Ajoy K Das     19th May 2017 India will unleash its highest level of economic diplomacy at next week’s African Development Bank (AfDB) conference in the western city of Ahmedabad, with the aim of setting quantifiable targets of international economic and trade cooperation between the continents in a bid to counter China’s... 

BAW, IDC invest R250m to expand Gauteng minibus taxi plant

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

BAW invests R250m to upgrade Springs taxi plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

China's economy shaping up for positive 2018, Rio Tinto says

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2017 Latest indicators on China’s economy point to continued growth through 2018, according to mining giant Rio Tinto Group, which counts the world’s No. 2 economy as its biggest customer. “Are we concerned about the Chinese economic health? The answer is no,” CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques told... 

Despite slower growth, China still key market for miners and Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There can be no doubt that, for the past two decades-and-a-half or so, the biggest single influence on the global mining industry has been China. Between 2002 and 2012, that country experienced an annual average real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 10.4%, compared with India’s 7.6%,... 

Iron slumps into bear market as Barclays sees further losses

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2017 Iron-ore’s descent into bear-market territory may herald further weakness, with Barclays pinning the blame for the slide on lower steel demand in China driving a shift from mills toward lower-quality ore and raising the prospect of a drop into the $50s. Ore with 62% content in Qingdao fell 1%... 

China said to push talks to create $241bn power giant

By: Bloomberg     30th March 2017 China’s state-owned enterprise regulator has asked coal mining giant Shenhua Group Corp. and power generator China Datang Corp. to discuss a possible merger, according to people with knowledge of the situation. The talks are at an early stage and there’s no guarantee of a deal, said the people,... 

Uncertain politics, policy development permeates commodities price outlook 

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd March 2017 A common factor in the outlook for most commodities included in The Bank of Nova Scotia Commodity Price Index is the outsized near-term importance of highly uncertain politics and policy, the group’s commodity economist Rory Johnston said in a special report of the Commodity Price Index this... 

Choking China backs race to mine greener iron-ore for top mills

By: Bloomberg     9th February 2017 Chinese engineers who carved a railway through the Tibetan plateau and built the world’s longest sea-bridge across Hangzhou Bay have a new challenge: developing a $3.4-billion project on Australia’s remote Eyre Peninsula to meet increased demand for cleaner iron ore. China Railway Group Ltd., the... 

Enormous global demand on way for copper, platinum, zinc – Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2017 Enormous global demand is building up for copper, platinum and zinc, driven by new technology, mitigation of health risks in hospitals and agricultural augmentation, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland said on Wednesday. In a comprehensive address to the Investing in African... 

Mining Indaba remains pivotal to Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 The mineral resources sector remains “critically important” to the African continent, which is why the Investing in African Mining Indaba has consistently been regarded as an event of “paramount significance”, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose. This is also a key motivation for the at least 24... 

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