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The battery boom created a new lithium superpower in China

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 With a ruined 13th Century castle, the Irish town of Carlow is an unlikely staging post in the super-charged rise of a key player in China’s push to dominate the global electric-vehicle revolution. Ganfeng Lithium Co. sent a team to the town -- a 90-minute drive southwest of Dublin -- in 2013,... 

The Californian rare earths mine caught between Trump and China

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2018 The only operating rare earths mine in the US - and once the world’s biggest -- is caught up in the crossfire of the Trump administration’s trade war with China. Rare earths, an esoteric group of materials used in everything from Tesla Inc. automobiles to high-tech military equipment, were... 

Chinese petcoke buyers turning to Russia, Mideast after US tariffs

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Chinese importers of petroleum coke are buying more volumes from Russia and the Middle East due to a hefty tariff on shipments from the United States, previously one of China's main sources of the material used in aluminium and cement production. China slapped a 25% tariff on US petroleum coke,... 

750 t SANY excavator expected to be a big hitter in the mining industry

21st September 2018 What is believed to be the largest excavator in Africa has been launched by Goscor Earth Moving (GEM), part of the Goscor Group, and official distributor of SANY. The SY750 is a primary loading tool for the mining industry, from opencast to alluvial diamond mining. The 750 t excavator is ideal to... 

With copper options, China steps up challenge to London, New York rivals

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 The Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) will launch copper options trading on Friday, aiming to take a slice of a $270 billion global market in one of its biggest challenges yet to London and New York rivals. The product, which follows the launch of sugar and soymeal options last year, comes as... 

750 t SANY excavator expected to be a big hitter in the mining industry

19th September 2018 What is believed to be the largest excavator in Africa has been launched by Goscor Earth Moving (GEM), part of the Goscor Group, and official distributor of SANY. The SY750 is a primary loading tool for the mining industry, from opencast to alluvial diamond mining. The 750 t excavator is ideal to... 

US–China trade tensions to shackle copper prices

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Copper prices have recovered from a recent rout, but the possibility of the trade dispute between the Washington and Beijing escalating and its potential to crimp demand in China, the world's top consumer, is expected to cap gains. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange at $6 100 has... 

New Asia market manager appointed for South African wines body

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Winemaker industry body Wines of South Africa (WoSA) has appointed Marcus Ford as its new Asia market manager, effective August 20. He will be based in Shanghai, China, and responsible for running all marketing activities throughout mainland China, Hong Kong and Japan, the organisation said on... 

Sweden's Granges halts plans for US aluminium joint venture

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Sweden's Granges put on ice on Friday plans to form an aluminium manufacturing joint venture in the United States with Japan's Mitsubishi Aluminum Co, saying that the project was less attractive in "current circumstances". It did not specify what circumstances it was referring to though a Granges... 

Russian miners explore payment schemes eschewing dollar

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Two of Russia's biggest mining companies said on Wednesday they were investigating rouble-based payments schemes, amid calls from Moscow to reduce the role of the US dollar in Russian trade and so limit the impact of US sanctions. The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia favoured bilateral trade... 

Core agrees funding and lithium supply term sheet with Meidu

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th July 2018 Lithium hopeful Core Exploration has inked a non-binding term sheet with a subsidiary of Shanghai-listed Meidu Energy for the offtake of up to 150 000 t/y of lithium concentrate from the Finniss project, in the Northern Territory. Meidu subsidiary RuiFu Lthium, which is one of China’s largest... 

Xi Jinping, Ramaphosa say Brics should uphold multilateralism, reject trade war

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2018 The Presidents of China and South Africa, Xi Jinping and Cyril Ramaphosa, offered an unequivocal rebuke of US President Donald Trump’s trade war on Wednesday and called on the Brics countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to act to uphold multilateralism and defend the... 

Coal market puzzled as China flashes conflicting output data

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2018 Investors looking to China’s official production data to help divine where coal prices are heading might need to be extra cautious. Coal mining figures from the National Bureau of Statistics are flashing mixed signals. The agency pegs first-half output up 3.9% from a year ago. 

FCA South Africa appoints new CFO, head of network development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) South Africa has appointed Juan Wheeler CFO and Daniell Theron head of network development. He has served in various regions within Ford Motor Company for the last 20 years including South Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East. 

CLOUDS GATHER

20th July 2018 Trade tensions continued to rise between the US and China this month, with President Donald Trump imposing new tariffs and China retaliating. Bloomberg reports that China has told companies to boost imports of goods – from soybeans to seafood and automobiles – from countries other than the US... 

Citi sees 'copper on steroids' as Trump slump masks shortage

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2018 Copper’s slump amid a deepening global trade conflict offers a long-term buying opportunity, according to Citigroup, which shrugged off fears for world growth to boost its long-term forecasts. “Prepare for a decade of Dr Copper on steroids,” analysts including Max Layton and Tracy Liao wrote in a... 

Travel between SA and Spain boosted by renewed air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid by Spanish flag-carrier airline Iberia in August 2016 has resulted in a significant boost in travel between South Africa and Spain. This was reported by Airports Company South Africa Assistant General Manager (Client and... 

Copper slides to 1-year low, zinc sinks in broad selloff

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 Copper prices slumped to their weakest level in a year and zinc fell to 13-month lows amid a broad selloff on Wednesday after the Trump administration said it would slap 10 percent tariffs on an extra $200-billion worth of Chinese imports. US President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat... 

Stocks decline as Trump reloads the tariff bazooka

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2018 Stocks fell, the dollar gained and commodities slid with emerging-market assets after the US fired a new shot in its brewing trade war with China. S&P 500 futures slumped with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index and MSCI Asia Pacific Index following the Trump administration’s release of the biggest list... 

Copper's collapse tops $1 000 as Trump picks a fight with China

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2018 Copper’s flashing a powerful warning about expectations for economic growth after US President Donald Trump chose to embark on a major escalation of his administration’s global trade war, imposing tariffs on $34-billion of imports from China, which vowed to respond in kind. The metal has lost... 

China says former Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu released from prison

By: Reuters     4th July 2018 China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Stern Hu, an Australian citizen and former Rio Tinto executive jailed in China on bribery charges eight years ago, has been released. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the announcement at a daily news briefing in Beijing. 

Renewed air link boosts traffic between South Africa and Spain

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2018 The reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid by Spanish flag-carrier airline Iberia in August 2016 has resulted in a significant boost in travel between South Africa and Spain. This was reported by Airports Company South Africa assistant general manager (client and... 

Africa needs to attract foreign investment to achieve development, advises China

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 "Foreign investment can be a very practical, convenient and viable way for industrialisation," stressed Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao, Beijing's emissary to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), at the recent Africa Institute of South Africa-Human Sciences Research Council/Embassy of the... 

Huawei Releases Its Latest IoT and AI Products, Creating Intelligent and Connectivity Genes for Digital Enterprises

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2018 At CEBIT 2018, Huawei released its latest IoT and AI products to help enterprises create intelligent and connectivity genes to build digital neurons and accelerate digital enterprise transformation. At Huawei’s press conference at CEBIT, Qiu Heng, President of Global Marketing, Enterprise... 

Cobalt battery boom wavers as prices slide in top user China

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Cobalt is facing its first major test since an impending demand boom from electric vehicles triggered a two-year surge, with prices retreating in top consumer China amid signs there’s still enough material to go around. The price for cobalt sulfate – the chemical form used in car batteries and... 

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Multilateral development bank, the New Development Bank (NDB), on Monday held its third yearly meeting of the NDB board of governors (BoG) and the fourteenth meeting of the NDB board of directors (BoD), in Shanghai, China.  

NDB, DBSA to establish framework for cooperation

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2018 The multilateral New Development Bank (NDB) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on general cooperation to formalise a framework of cooperation between the two organisations to promote initiatives that foster cooperation in areas of... 

Rusal warns on ability to operate from October as CEO quits

By: Bloomberg     24th May 2018 United Co Rusal’s CEO resigned after less than three months in the role, as the Russian firm warned that trade partners and international lenders could cut ties with the company if US sanctions aren’t lifted after October 23. The world’s biggest aluminum producer outside China also said the... 

Forevermark appeals to Millennials with new flagship store in China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 De Beers Groups’ Forevermark brand has launched Libert’aime by Forevermark – a new flagship store in Shanghai, China.  

No deal yet for Santos shareholder

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th May 2018 Shanghai-listed ENN Ecological Holdings on Wednesday refuted claims that it had reached an agreement with Santos suitor Harbour Energy over its 10.31% shareholding in the takeover target. ENN has advised Santos that the media speculation around its dealings with Harbour had been inaccurate,... 

CRUCIAL CROSSROADS

27th April 2018 China's sprawling local government financing system needs “crucial” reforms to increase consumption, build prosperity and encourage economic rebalancing, the International Monetary Fund said earlier this month. Pictured in the aerial photograph above are vehicles travelling along highways at an... 

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... 

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