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EU to impose duties on US imports Friday after Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago The European Union will begin charging import duties of 25% on a range of US products on Friday, in response to US tariffs imposed on EU steel and aluminium early this month, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The move confirms a tit-for-tat dispute that could escalate into a full trade... 

Rusal starts shipping bauxite from Guinea's Dian-Dian mine

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Sanctions-hit Russian aluminium producer Rusal said on Tuesday it had started shipping bauxite from its Dian-Dian bauxite project in Guinea to its alumina refineries in other countries. Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, has been hit by US sanctions imposed on it and... 

New research could unlock Qld bauxite

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 The Queensland government will provide A$180 000 over the next three years, to fund a research project to develop an innovative mining process that could unlock massive, previously untapped, bauxite deposits in North Queensland, within the next five years. The research is a collaborative project... 

Virtual reality blast wall, cube providing ‘memorable’ training

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 Virtual reality (VR) solutions provider Simulated Training Solution’s (STS’s) world-first VR blast wall and its VR cube have resulted in efficient, effective and memorable training programmes for Anglo American Platinum’s Engineering Services Training Centre (ESTC) in Randfontein, and Murray and... 

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2018 Mining companies are taking firm steps to help combat the scourge of malaria, which affects 3.3-billion people worldwide and kills a child every 30 seconds. International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton reports that: 

LME says plans to launch about 15 new contracts in January 2019

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) plans to launch around 15 new contracts from next January, including cash-settled cobalt and hot-rolled coil steel contracts, an executive said on Wednesday. "We will put in place the technical capabilities by November and then we'll launch them from January,"... 

LME says looking at expanding eligibility for Rusal metal

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) is working to see if it can expand access to Rusal's aluminium, which is under suspension due to US sanctions, but the exchange needs to be cautious, Chief Executive Matthew Chamberlain said on Tuesday. "We are working very closely with all the parties involved to... 

Rusal's May aluminium exports up threefold – Interfax 

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 United Company Rusal, the world's second biggest aluminium producer, in May increased aluminium exports to 197 000 tonnes, up almost threefold from April, Interfax news agency reported. Citing Russian Railways data, Interfax said January-May aluminium exports totalled 972 000 tonnes, down 16% on... 

Worldwide Orders Make For Bullish Mood

4th June 2018 Condra has received an order for a further overhead crane from Kamoto Copper Company, the copper and cobalt mine in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the eighth machine to be ordered by Kamoto Copper from Johannesburg-headquartered Condra in just over a year and, like its... 

Chinalco starts $1.3bn expansion of Peru copper mine

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Aluminum Corp of China, known as Chinalco, at the weekend said it had started work on a $1.3-billion expansion of its Toromocho copper mine in central Peru. The investment will increase the mine's copper output by 45% by 2020, with the value of production exceeding $2-billion annually, Chinalco... 

Metro receives first revenue from Bauxite Hills shipments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2018 ASX-listed Metro Mining has received provisional payment from its client in China for the first two shipments of bauxite from its Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland. The first two shipments totalled about 123 000 t of bauxite. 

EU initiates WTO case against US steel, aluminium tariffs – WTO official

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 The European Union on Friday submitted a request for consultations with the United States on steel and aluminium tariffs announced by Washington, a first step in the WTO dispute settlement process, a World Trade Organization official said. "The WTO Secretariat has received the EU request for... 

Modular chute system to reduce safety risks, increase uptime

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 With mining operations valuing the optimisation of their assets, and safety and uptime remaining focal points, wear solutions provider Rio-Carb has “answered the industry’s call” with the development of a new modular chute, Rio-Carb director Sias Suurd tells Mining Weekly. Developing this modular... 

Ukrainian workers sweat over fate of Deripaska's alumina plant

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Ukraine's decision to put sanctions on one of Russia's wealthiest tycoons worries Vira Dudnyk. A driver at an alumina plant in southern Ukraine, she fears a tug-of-war between Kiev and Moscow may leave her jobless and on the streets. "We are afraid if the plant is closed, what are we left with,... 

Nalco firms up capex for current financial year

By: Ajoy K Das     31st May 2018 Indian government-owned aluminium producer National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco) has set a capital expenditure (capex) target of $164-million for the 2018/19 financial year. According to an agreement signed with the Mines Ministry, the capex will be increasing on adding a... 

EU, US trade envoys meet on tariffs, outcome unclear

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross met in Paris on Wednesday to discuss looming US import tariffs on EU steel and aluminium, the European Commission said, but declined to speculate on the final outcome. US President Donald Trump has imposed... 

Insimbi achieves higher revenue, gross profit in FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2018 JSE-listed Insimbi Refractory and Alloys Supplies will be adding a significant value uplift to its chrome and aluminium businesses when it starts supplying powder-makers with a lower-grade aluminium content powder. It will start taking orders for this product in July, Insimbi CEO Fred Botha told... 

ABx separates Alcore into own entity, lowers capex forecast

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 Bauxite producer Australian Bauxite (ABx) on Thursday announced that it would develop its Stage 1 Alcore pilot plant project, in New South Wales, through a new wholly owned subsidiary Alcore. A previous engineering and cost study on the Stage 1 project estimated that a capital investment of... 

Mining’s share of total project work in Queensland falling

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 While the Queensland Major Projects Pipeline Report has shown a 58% increase in major project work during 2017/18, private sector investment, particularly in the mining sector, is falling. The report, compiled by the Queensland Major Contractors Association, Construction Skills Queensland and... 

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2018 The Gamsberg zinc project in South Africa’s Northern Cape is on track with production expected by the middle of this year, the London-listed, India-rooted Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday, when it reported higher revenue and profits and lifted its dividend yield for the year to 6%. Current... 

Australia-EU FTA an opportunity to remove tariffs on resources trade

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2018 The Australian resources sector has welcomed the start of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between Australia and the European Union (EU), with the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) saying it would present a significant opportunity to boost trade, investment and economic engagement... 

Rio Tinto confirms talks to sell $3.5bn Grasberg stake

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2018 Multinational diversified miner Rio Tinto confirmed on Tuesday that it is in talks to potentially sell its stake in the Grasberg copper/gold mine, in Indonesia, to PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) for $3.5-billion. Media rumours swirled on Tuesday about the deal, prompting Rio Tinto to make... 

Japan, Russia, Turkey bring potential US tariff retaliation to $3.5bn

By: Reuters     22nd May 2018 Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminium, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday, bringing the total US tariff bill to around $3.5-billion annually. The three countries detailed their compensation claims in... 

Company believes commodities will regain positive momentum

18th May 2018 The commodities markets have been taken aback by rising uncertainties, including an early February equity market sell-off and the trade conflict between the US and China. As the second quarter unfolds, some of these uncertainties should be easier to interpret, however, price volatility and... 

Anil Agarwal

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Anil Agarwal, the founder and chairperson of Vedanta Resources, a company that has invested $1.7-billion in Southern Africa so far and is looking to invest another $700-million to $800-million in a zinc smelter-refinery complex in South Africa's Northern Cape.  

Rio and Alcoa team up with Apple in zero carbon aluminium smelting drive

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th May 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has teamed up with aluminium producer Alcoa to develop the world’s first carbon-free aluminium smelting process. The new process will produce oxygen and replace all direct greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from the traditional aluminium smelting process. 

Rusal's first quarter earnings jump, but warns on sanctions impact

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 Russian aluminium giant Rusal boosted first-quarter recurring net profit on Friday amid stronger aluminium prices, but warned that sanctions imposed by the United States in April could harm its business. Washington last month announced sanctions on Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and several... 

Machine purchase increases fleet, strengthens partnership

11th May 2018 Last month equipment supplier Epiroc delivered three FlexiROC D65 surface drill rigs to Northern Cape-based drilling specialists Booysen Bore. The delivery has increased Booysen Bore’s total drilling machine fleet to 51, while the addition of the new machines has strengthened the relationship... 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2018 Indian mining billionaire Anil Agarwal is encouraging Anglo American – in which he now holds more than 21% – to accentuate its link with South Africa, where the Vedanta Resources company he founded and chairs is successfully turning to highly positive account the zinc assets that Anglo walked... 

Power market restored to Rusal's Swedish aluminium smelter

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Europe's leading power market Nord Pool restored access on Tuesday to Rusal's Swedish aluminium smelter after it was suspended from trading in the wake of US sanctions on the Russian company. Nord Pool suspended Rusal's Kubal smelter from trading on its exchange on April 18 due to violations of... 

Tariff war could derail global recovery – ECB

By: Reuters     7th May 2018 Protective tariffs imposed by the US in recent months have only had a minor impact on the world economy but a significant escalation in tensions could derail the recovery in global trade, the European Central Bank (ECB) said on Monday. Retaliation and a full fledged trade war could increase... 

Metro ships first bauxite from mine in north Queensland

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th May 2018 ASX-listed Metro Mining has shipped its first 62 000 t of bauxite from the Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland. The maiden shipment is due for delivery to Chinese integrated aluminium company Xinfa Group, which has a four-year binding agreement with Metro, for the offtake of one-million tonnes in... 

Alcoa ready to resume labour talks for Canada aluminium smelter

By: Reuters     5th May 2018 Aluminium producer Alcoa Corp said on Friday that management at its Quebec smelter have notified the provincial labour ministry they are ready to resume mediated contract talks with the United Steelworkers union. The smelter, which produces some 430 000 tonnes of aluminium annually, has been... 

Guinea GDP growth surges on mining sector rebound – IMF

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 Guinea's economy expanded by more than 8% in 2017 and is on track to grow by around 6% this year on the back of a rebound in the mining sector, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, inflation in the West African country – a major producer of the aluminium ore bauxite... 

Greece's Mytilineos expects positive alumina performance

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 Mytilineos sees positive prospects for its alumina business in Greece despite surging alumina prices, the Greek industrial group said on Thursday. Its vertically-integrated feed and lower production costs have shielded it and created "positive prospects" for its alumina business in the short... 

South Africa views itself as ‘collateral damage’ in global trade war

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2018 Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believes South Africa has become “collateral damage in the trade war of key global economies” after the country was excluded from a list of countries exempted from tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminium imports. While insisting that the country... 

Canada says US tariffs hurt jobs; aluminium industry worried

By: Reuters     1st May 2018 Canada has repeated its position that imposing punitive trade measures would hurt jobs in both countries, in reaction to US President Donald Trump's decision to postpone steel and aluminium tariffs that were set to go into effect on Tuesday. The Trump administration said on Monday that the 25%... 

Metals maker Arconic slashes forecasts, shares slide

By: Reuters     1st May 2018 Aluminium products maker Arconic Inc slashed its 2018 forecasts for profit and free cash flow on expectations that the price of the metal would remain high this year due to sanctions on Russian supplies and a 10% duty on aluminium imports. Shares of the company, which makes aluminium products... 

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