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China steel futures steady, mill output cuts continue

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Chinese steel futures held steady on Tuesday, but prices for steelmaking raw material iron ore dropped as steel mills in the world's top producer cut output. China's government has vowed to clear its air, ordering 28 cities to curb industrial production, prompting a shortage of supplies in some... 

World's No 1 miner sees bigger role for carbon-capture systems

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, said wider use of systems that trap carbon emissions will be needed to meet international climate goals, even as investments in the technology stall. “We have knowledge of geology, markets and economics, so there’s probably something we can bring... 

China's Mingtai shrugs off US aluminium sheet probe

By: Reuters     5th December 2017 Henan Mingtai Aluminum, one of China's biggest aluminium sheet manufacturers, on Tuesday said it expected its production and sales to keep growing in 2018 despite the launch of US trade probes into imports of the product from China. Mingtai, with a production capacity of 650 000 tonnes per year... 

Rio Tinto aims for 'intelligent' Australian iron-ore mine

By: Reuters     4th December 2017 Rio Tinto next year will seek board approval to develop an "intelligent" iron ore mine at a cost of $2.2-billion, fully incorporating technologies such as robotics and driverless trains and trucks on a single site, the company's head of iron-ore said on Monday. A feasibility study was underway... 

China steel clings to near 11-week high, posts best week since Aug

By: Reuters     1st December 2017 Shanghai steel futures traded near their strongest level since mid-September on Friday and chalked up their biggest weekly gain in four months, supported by tighter supply in the world's top producer. Steel mills across northern China were ordered to slash sintering output by up to half from this... 

Chinese auto group dips toe in SA’s diesel-taxi waters

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 Beijing Automotive Works South Africa (BAW SA) will test a new diesel minibus taxi in the local market through sales at four selected dealers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. Should the market accept the vehicle, availability would grow to most of the 28 BAW... 

China underscores push towards longer term coal contracts

By: Reuters     29th November 2017 China has again urged coal suppliers and buyers to sign more medium- and long-term contracts, amid robust demand for the fuel during the peak winter-heating season. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a document published on Wednesday that medium- to long-term contracts... 

BAIC’s investment into South African vehicle assembly project bolstering bilateral investment

By: Anine Kilian     28th November 2017 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s (BAIC’s) decision to invest in a vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, could help drive further investment by Chinese firms in South Africa. This is according to South African Embassy in... 

BHP targets cost cuts; sees upside in copper, steel prices

By: Reuters     28th November 2017 Top global miner BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it will drive further cost cuts across its Australian business, and forecast strong price support from China for steelmaking raw materials. BHP will target $1.6-billion in productivity gains at its Australia iron-ore, copper and coal units over the... 

China tells Myanmar military it wants closer ties

By: Reuters     23rd November 2017 China wants closer ties with Myanmar’s military to help protect regional peace and security, a senior Chinese general told the visiting head of the southeast Asian country’s army. China and Myanmar have had close diplomatic and economic ties for years, including increasingly in the strategically... 

Rio Tinto, China's private equity prepare to bid for lithium producer SQM

By: Reuters     21st November 2017 Rio Tinto, Canada's Wealth Minerals and Chinese private equity firm GSR Capital are considering a bid for a stake in Chilean lithium producer SQM (Sociedad Quimica Y Minera), banking sources told Reuters. Canada's Potash Corp of Saskatchewan must divest its 32% stake in the Chilean company as... 

Shanghai rebar jumps nearly 3% on demand hopes, lean supply

By: Reuters     21st November 2017 Chinese rebar steel futures climbed almost 3% on Tuesday, gaining for a second straight day on tighter supply and expectations that demand in the world's top consumer would bounce back when production curbs are lifted after winter. Chinese steel mills, mainly across the country's north, have been... 

China iron-ore, steel prices rise ahead of output curbs

By: Reuters     14th November 2017 China's iron ore futures edged up on Tuesday along with prices for steel rebar, buoyed as some steel mills ramped up production a day before winter output cuts take full effect. Industrial plants in northern China have been ordered to curb output by up to 50% during the heating season that kicks... 

Ncondezi signs non-binding agreement to develop Mozambique project

By: Anine Kilian     9th November 2017 Aim-listed solar energy equipment supplier Ncondezi Energy has signed a non-binding offer (NBO) with China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and General Electric (GE) South Africa to develop, construct and operate the integrated Ncondezi 300 MW coal-fired power project and openpit coal... 

BAW introduces SA assembled diesel taxi

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2017 Beijing Automotive Works South Africa (BAW SA) will test a new diesel minibus taxi in the local market through sales at four selected dealers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. Should the market accept the vehicle, availability would grow to most of the 28 BAW... 

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... 

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... 

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