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Talga finds possible buyer for graphite

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2019 ASX-listed Talga Resources has inked a letter of intent (LoI) with a subsidiary of Germany’s Schunk Group to cooperate on the exploration and incorporation of Talga graphene into a Schunk product with applications in the automotive sector. Schunk is a globally operating technology company with... 

Australian miners embracing automation in quest for improved safety, efficiency

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2018 While the phrase ‘automation’ might evoke visions of a Schwarzenegger-esque future in which machines rise up to take over the world, it has come to have a distinctly different connotation in Australia. From drones being used to safely map, survey and explore mining operations to autonomous trains... 

Global gold demand growing across market segments, held back by US ETF outflows

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2018 World Gold Council (WGC) member and market relations head John Mulligan says the third quarter was a strong one for the global gold industry. Although demand increased by only 1%, or 6 t, compared with the third quarter 2017, the 964 t of gold demand recorded in the third quarter was underpinned... 

Electra Mining Africa 2018 was a vital platform for the future of mining

31st October 2018 By Norman Maleka, National Sales and Marketing Manager Our focus was to showcase the new products we are developing for the future. SEW is present in all major industries, from mining to food-and-beverage and automotive, to name a few. Hence it is always a challenge for us when it comes to... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Palladium reaches record on mounting concerns over tight supply

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2018 Palladium, a precious metal widely used in the automotive industry, has hit an all-time high. The rally has been fueled by concern over supply and speculators piling in to bet on even higher prices. The majority of palladium is used to make catalytic converters in gasoline automobiles, and... 

Quebec asbestos tailings recycler receives federal funding

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2018 Privately-owned Alliance Magnesium has received C$12-million in funding from the federal government to support the second phase of demonstrating its technology to extract magnesium from asbestos tailings. The announcement by International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Friday comes... 

Amid falling platinum prices, PGM miners upping chrome ore production to improve profitability 

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 Some platinum group metals (PGM) producers have become large producers of chrome ore to improve their profitability, says Kagiso Asset Management investment analyst Mandi Dungwa. South Africa is the world’s largest chrome producer, delivering more than half of the global ore supply in 2017, with... 

Amid falling platinum prices, PGM miners upping chrome ore production to improve profitability

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 Some platinum group metals (PGM) producers have become large producers of chrome ore to improve their profitability, says Kagiso Asset Management investment analyst Mandi Dungwa. South Africa is the world’s largest chrome producer, delivering more than half of the global ore supply in 2017, with... 

Marginal increases in lead, zinc demand expected in 2019

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 In a report released last week, the International Lead and Zinc Study Group forecast that there would be marginal increases in demand for lead and zinc in 2019.  The ILZSG forecasts that global lead demand will  rise by  0.7% to 11.79-million tonnes in 2019, compared with the 11.71-million tonnes... 

Chile studying possible lithium trade on LME

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Chile has called for lithium to be traded on the London Metals Exchange to provide greater "clarity" about its value, Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica said on Wednesday. At present, lithium producers negotiate contracts with buyers but the terms of the deals are not made public. Critics say this... 

DMR accepts Waterberg mining right application – PTM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has accepted TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) mining right application for the large-scale Waterberg platinum group metals (PGMs) project. The application comprises a mining work programme, social and labour plan, and associated... 

Bacanora grows Germany resource, funding talks for Mexico project ongoing

By: Mariaan Webb     9th October 2018 London-listed Bacanora Lithium has grown the measured and indicated resource at its 50%-owned Zinnwald project, in southern Saxony, Germany, by 30% to 124 974 t of contained lithium. The total resource estimate for the project, including measured, indicated and inferred, is now 142 240 t of... 

South Africa researching hydrogen storage for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is researching innovative hydrogen storage technologies that have the potential to be key enablers of platinum-catalysed fuel cells, which generate clean electricity using hydrogen as a fuel and platinum as a catalyst. The... 

Costs, limited markets hampering progress towards hydrogen economy

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2018 The use of platinum group metals- (PGMs-) based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these... 

Local strides to hydrogen economy tempered by cost, industrialisation questions

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2018 The use of platinum group metals-based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these technologies,... 

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 French company Air Liquide, a member of the Davos-launched Hydrogen Council that includes platinum-mining company Anglo American, is currently flighting an advertisement on the global television network CNN, which forecasts exceptional growth for the hydrogen and fuel cell market. Quoting the... 

Association expects lower tin consumption this year

By: Simone Liedtke     14th September 2018 Tin consumption is expected to be weaker this year, as a result of escalating trade tensions and macroeconomic developments, especially in China, where other factors are hindering growth, the International Tin Association (ITA) has found. ITA analyst Tom Mulqueen pointed out that the latest... 

Strong new collaboration with governments of South Africa, Zimbabwe – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2018 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats), which is collaborating closely with the South African government to preserve jobs at the heavily lossmaking Impala Rustenburg operation, is also working in very close cooperation with the government of Zimbabwe, where it has secured major tax... 

Kidman, SQM may have to forfeit lithium mine after Australian govt ruling

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Australia's Kidman Resources and Chilean partner SQM may lose their right to develop the Mount Holland lithium project after a recommendation by a unit of the West Australian government that regulates mining leases. Kidman had asked the Western Australia Department of Mines for an exemption to... 

Metric Automotive Engineering

13th September 2018 Metric Automotive Engineering is positioned as a world-class diesel engine component remanufacturer. Well-known in the mining, quarrying, earthworks, construction and railway sectors for its ability to remanufacture diesel engine components to original-equipment manufacturer specifications, and... 

Gedore 

11th September 2018 GEDORE Tools SA (Pty) Ltd was established in New Germany, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 1965. The decision by GEDORE Germany (100 YEARS OLD in 2019) to invest in South Africa was based on the increasing industrialisation of South Africa, combined with the advent of motor vehicle assembly and... 

OILY SA showcases G-Energy brand

10th September 2018 High-quality lubricants distributor OILY SA is exhibiting its premium European-made Gazpromneft and G-Energy brands of oils and lubricants at Electra Mining Africa 2018. G-Energy offers technologically advanced lubricants that are developed and manufactured in Bari, Italy. They are blended using... 

2018 platinum demand and supply seen contracting – WPIC

By: Nadine James     6th September 2018 Global platinum demand and supply will contract by 2% in 2018, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) said in its latest Platinum Quarterly report on Thursday. Platinum supply is forecast to slip from 8.06-million ounces in 2017 to 7.91-million ounces in 2018, as most mining regions are... 

LTP-B Eco HVAC drive helps save energy and cut costs in a range of sectors

6th September 2018 With a large footprint and customer base in food-and-beverage, automotive, and mining, drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa is now targeting niche sectors such as Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) in order to ensure sustained growth. In this regard, its LTP-B... 

Ageing platinum mines need new technology

By: Donald Makhafola     24th August 2018 There are few greenfield platinum mines or expansions in Africa, with most of the existing large-scale mines on the continent having been in operation for more than a decade. To ensure that the ageing mines continue to perform optimally, miners need to apply new technology to effectively enhance... 

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... 

Zambia’s refined copper outlook positive

17th August 2018 Zambia will remain one of the fastest growing refined copper producers in the world over the coming years, owing to strong domestic smelting capacity, rising mine output and continuing government support, according to economic research company BMI Research, a member of the Fitch Group. As the... 

Lithium-ion batteries, energy storage on strong demand growth trajectory

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The automotive industry’s use of lithium-ion batteries is on track to grow seven-fold to 650 GWh by 2025, from 70 GWh in 2017; the increase in energy storage, although from a lower base, will add to this, says specialist international publisher Metal Bulletin. It adds that the electrification of... 

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2018 Government must play a role in limiting large-scale retrenchment in the platinum sector by potentially incentivising companies to curb job loss. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has objected strongly to the retrenchment plans of Impala Platinum in particular and Royal Bafokeng Platinum... 

New Indian EV battery policy to determine response to Bolivia lithium invite

By: Ajoy K Das     31st July 2018 An Indian government policy advisory body will publish a policy offering subsidies for lithium-based electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing, which will determine the response to an invitation from the Bolivian government for joint ventures (JVs) in lithium-rich Latin American nation. The... 

Zambia remains a fast growing refined copper producer

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2018 Zambia remains one of the fastest-growing refined copper producers in the world, backed by strong  domestic smelting capacity, rising mining output and ongoing government support, says BMI Research. Zambia will remain a regional leader and an important global player in refined copper production... 

Platinum jewellery heading for good year – PGI 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2018 Significant demand growth is under way in the platinum jewellery market, which remains the second biggest ounce contributor to platinum demand at 2.5-million ounces of yearly fabrication, some 35% of total demand. “We’re seeing a lot of growth in the market. Obviously, the platinum price is... 

Company poised to capitalise on burgeoning grease market

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th June 2018 Lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa (FUCHS SA) expects that the demand for high-quality greases will grow “significantly” in all spheres of the market, and is, therefore, equipped to meet and exceed the mining market’s requirements for this through its newly commissioned grease... 

Savannah reports positive economics for Portugal lithium mine

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2018 Aim-listed explorer Savannah Resources has reported strong economic indicators for its Mina do Barroso lithium project, in northern Portugal, sending the company’s stock up 14% on Thursday. The study is considered a base case for the project and calculated a pre-tax net present value, applying... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism 

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

Platinum price set for recovery this year – survey

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 The platinum price is expected to exceed $1 000/oz in the second half of this year. “We expect the platinum price will start a recovery this year, albeit a gradual one. This is predicated on a small deficit this year, of nearly 300 000 oz, fuelled by a contraction in supply, chiefly from the... 

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