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Australia's Pilbara Minerals to ship first spodumene cargo to China in Aug

By: Reuters     19th April 2018 Pilbara Minerals Ltd aims to ship the first cargo of spodumene concentrate from its Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum development in Australia to China in August, its managing director said on Thursday. Spodumene is a mineral mined as a source of lithium, a key ingredient in electric vehicle... 

Chile's SQM says lithium industry needs at least $10bn investment over 10 yrs

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 The global lithium industry will need $10-billion to $12-billion of investment over the next decade to meet surging demand amid the electric vehicle boom, an executive of Chilean miner SQM said on Wednesday. Demand for the metal is set to grow by 600 000 t to 800 000 t of lithium carbonate... 

Nornickel exec says in talks with battery makers on investments, cooperation

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 Russia's Norilsk Nickel, or Nornickel, is in talks with battery makers over possible investment in its mining assets, but is also interested in downstream joint ventures in return, a company executive said on Wednesday. "We might be interested in having some deeper cooperation, say on the... 

BHP to produce nickel sulphate next year, eyeing cobalt on battery boom

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 BHP Billiton is expanding its business as a supplier of battery minerals at its nickel refinery in Western Australia, planning to start producing nickel sulphate next year and looking at cobalt output as well, a company executive said. Cobalt and nickel are both critical ingredients for lithium... 

Aluminium soars as sanctions force top exchanges to block Rusal

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2018 Aluminium headed for the highest close since January, extending its hottest three-day streak since 2009, after top exchanges said they’ll stop accepting metal from United Co. Rusal, deepening supply fears after the US slapped sanctions on the Russian group. The metal advanced 1.4% to $2 231 a... 

Deripaska's Rusal and aluminium market roiled by US sanctions

By: Bloomberg     9th April 2018 Russian aluminum maker United Co. Rusal’s stock plunged about 40%, while prices of the metal surged, after US sanctions on the company and its billionaire owner Oleg Deripaska prompted the producer to warn of potential debt defaults and “materially adverse” consequences. The stock fell to... 

Cobalt upstarts add capacity in Congo as prices triple

By: Bloomberg     27th March 2018 A little-known cobalt miner in the Democratic Republic of Congo plans to ramp up output so fast it will soon be out-produced only by industry leader Glencore. Chemaf, a closely held Lubumbashi-based company, and several other firms are capitalizing on a boom in demand that’s transforming small... 

South Africa ready to take over Brics Business Council chairmanship

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2018 Africa is set for a decade of "unbelievable growth and prosperity".  This is according to Dr Iqbal Survé, chairman of the SA chapter of the Brics Business Council, who will take up the annual rotating chairmanship of the overall Brics Business Council (BBC) at the mid-term meeting which takes... 

China iron-ore, steel extends losses as lofty China inventories weigh

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 Chinese iron-ore prices fell further on Tuesday, a day after posting their biggest daily drop in almost ten months as high inventories and a weak domestic steel market pressure prices. Near-term inventory risks have dampened the outlook for steel and iron-ore prices short term, Argonaut said in a... 

China steel hub orders new output cuts in push for blue sky

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2018 China’s top steel-making city is imposing further production cuts beyond the winter heating season as the nation presses ahead with a campaign for cleaner skies that has rattled steel and iron-ore markets. Tangshan City, the country’s steel-producing hub, has ordered a two-tier system of... 

NO TERM LIMIT

     9th March 2018 Moves under way in China to cast aside presidential term limits stoked global concern last week. Some are already referring to President Xi Jinping as ‘Emperor Xi’. What the decision means for the way China interacts with the rest of the world and its citizens, such as these Shanghai residents... 

Brics' New Development Bank could fast-track Africa infrastructure projects

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2018 Africa lacks adequate infrastructure, which stymies regional trade and the provision of basic services such as health and education, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) capacity development officer Bob Kalanzi said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at a dialogue, hosted by Oxfam... 

Global platinum demand expected to increase marginally in 2018

By: Nadine James     8th March 2018 Global platinum demand is expected to increase marginally this year, based on a 2% recovery in jewellery demand in Asian markets, as well as a 6% demand increase for industrial applications. This combined with a 2% decline in supply, owed to mine closures in South Africa, will have resulted in a... 

Africa’s leading industry trade fair prepares to open its doors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th March 2018 The countdown has begun: bauma CONEXPO AFRICA opens its doors for the third time in one week. The largest trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles in Africa continues to attract international participation, highlighted by four... 

First-time participant hopes to gain industry exposure

By: Melissa Zisengwe     2nd March 2018 For the first time since the establishment of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, high frequency fine screening equipment designer, manufacturer and supplier Landsky will showcase its products to industry leaders and high-profile buyers in Southern Africa.  

World refined copper deficit widens to 195 000 t – ICSG

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 The global refined copper balance for the first eleven months of 2017 indicates a deficit of about 195 000 t, some 27% wider than at the same time a year earlier, the latest data from the Lisbon-based International Copper Study Group (ICSG) shows. The think tank attributed the widening deficit to... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

China iron-ore imports hit 2nd-highest on record on restocking

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 China's iron-ore imports jumped to the second highest level on record in January as the world's top buyer built stockpiles ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday and the lifting of steel production curbs next month. Shipments of the steelmaking raw material in January climbed 19% from December to... 

China's gold consumption rises 9.4% in 2017 – state TV

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Gold consumption in China grew by 9.41% from the previous year to 1 089 t in 2017, state television CCTV reported on Thursday, citing figures from the China Gold Association. Sales of gold jewellery in China were up 10.35% to 696.5 t, while those of gold bars – bought as a safe-haven investment... 

Chinese steel mills win domestic iron-ore pricing in some 2018 contracts

By: Reuters     25th January 2018 Chinese steelmakers have succeeded in a push to include domestic iron-ore price indices in some 2018 annual supply contracts with global miners, four industry sources said, as the world's top buyer boosts its clout over pricing of major commodities. The move marks a major step in the evolution... 

Copper production declined in first ten months of 2017 – ICSG

By: Schalk Burger     23rd January 2018 Worldwide copper mine production declined 2.6% in the ten months to October 2017, while concentrate production declined by 2.2% and production through solvent extraction-electrowinning declined by 4.3% in the same period, according to the intergovernmental copper body The International Copper... 

Thakadu’s nickel plant secures R50m black industrialist grant

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2018 Innovative metals and energy company Thakadu Battery Materials has secured a R50-million black industrialist grant from South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the construction of its pure nickel sulphate plant in North West province, which will make use of platinum producer... 

Top China nickel producer joins BHP in prepping for EV boom

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2018 China’s top nickel supplier aims to boost output of a material used in car batteries by 40% this year, joining the ranks of global producers ramping up operations to meet demand from electric vehicles. Jinchuan Group Co expects to raise production of nickel sulphate to 70 000 metric tons from 50... 

China govt curbs drop avg daily steel output to 12-mth low in Dec

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 China's average daily steel output fell 1.9% in December from the previous month, official data showed on Thursday, touching the lowest level in a year as government-imposed production curbs deepened. Total output climbed to 67.05-million tonnes in December from 66.15-million tonnes in November,... 

As stockpiles fall, which metals are really in tight supply?

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 Stocks of industrial metals in London Metal Exchange (LME) warehouses fell more than 40 percent last year and further declines are expected in 2018, which should in theory signal tighter supplies and fuel a blistering price rally. But rising inventories of metals at smaller rival exchanges... 

Metals power higher as sickly dollar spurs copper-to-gold rally

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2018 Copper jumped by the most in two months and zinc hit a fresh decade-high as base metals rallied on a potent combination of a softer dollar and continued robust outlook for demand. Gold and palladium also climbed. Copper surged as much as 2.1%, the most since November 13, to $7 259 a metric ton... 

Copper hits two-week low, zinc at highest in more than a decade

By: Reuters     9th January 2018 Copper hit a two-week low on Monday, weighed down by a stronger dollar and as the market consolidated following sharp gains in December, while zinc again reached its highest in more than a decade on supply concerns. The dollar rose against the euro, making dollar-priced metals costlier for... 

IHS Materials Price Index buoyant on strong commodity rally

By: Henry Lazenby     15th December 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has gained a strong 1.3% last week, hitting its highest level since late 2014 the company reported on Thursday. Three categories led gains, including ferrous metals, rubber and freight, all of which posted large jumps, according to... 

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... 

Don't expect fireworks for gold in 2018, just a gentle nudge up

By: Bloomberg     6th December 2017 Gold has its fans for next year, but sparks are probably not going to fly. Even as the Federal Reserve tightens monetary policy and the European Central Bank tapers bond purchases, gold is set to rise marginally as real interest rates stay low and the dollar weakens, according to Bart Melek,... 

The cobalt crunch for electric cars could be solved in suburbia

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Almost 9 000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt – the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a doughnut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American... 

Kalium raises funds to move forward on SoP BFS

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th November 2017 A recent bookbuild by ASX-listed potash developer Kalium Lakes was oversubscribed and strongly supported by existing and new shareholders, raising A$14.2-million from 33.5-million shares. The company now expects to be fully funded to complete the bankable feasibility study (BFS) at its Beyondie... 

Nickel surges to best since 2015 on promise of electric-car boom

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2017 Nickel rocketed to a two-year high in London and climbed by the daily limit in Shanghai, as investors bet on a long-term boost to demand from the rise of electric cars. Prices advanced as much as 3.9% to $12,780 a metric ton on the London Metal Exchange, the highest since June 2015, before... 

Ghost town of Cobalt gets first jolt from Tesla’s electric cars

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2017 Ironically, Cobalt, Ontario – population 1,100 – was built on silver. Remnants of a boom that transformed the town more than a century ago are everywhere. A mine headframe still protrudes from the roof of the bookstore, which was previously a grocery. The butcher used to toss unwanted bones down... 

Glencore gets what it wants with zinc market tightest in years

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2017 Two years ago, the world’s largest zinc miner needed to cut production to turn around a bloated market. Now, supply is the tightest in years and Glencore Plc wants to get bigger. Glencore curtailed zinc output at mines in Australia and Kazakhstan to solve a supply overhang and lift prices off... 

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... 

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... 

Welding foundation industry collaboration empowers SA learners

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation aims to provide training to disadvantaged individuals in a range of areas that include welding and inspection, and the training of trainers for welding and related technologies. In addition, integrated steel and mining company... 

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