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Sanctions fallout upends metals as aluminum, nickel burst higher

By: Bloomberg     Updated 1 hour 57 minutes ago The turmoil unleashed by US sanctions against United Co. Rusal reverberated in metals markets, sending aluminium and nickel to multi-year highs. Global metals markets have been rocked for the past two weeks by the clampdown on Russia’s Rusal, which set off a rush for alternative supplies and... 

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

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 19 minutes ago 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... 

Triton signs offtake over Moz project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 2 hours 32 minutes ago Graphite developer Triton Minerals has signed its first offtake agreement over the Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. Triton has inked a binding sales agreement with China’s Qingdao Tianshengda Graphite Company for up to 16 000 t/y of graphite concentrate from the mine, for a period of at... 

Orion appoints mining engineer as nonexecutive director

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals, which is developing the Prieska base metals project in South Africa’s Northern Cape, has appointed Michael Hulmes as nonexecutive director. Hulmes is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ senior executive, management 

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... 

Russia sanctions throw aluminium supply chain into chaos

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2018 The US sanctions on United Co. Rusal that have sent aluminium prices surging should be great news for rival producers like Rio Tinto Group. Spoiler alert: they’re not. 

US Commerce Dept finds aluminium sheet imports from China subsidized – US trade group

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 The US Commerce Department on Tuesday made a preliminary determination that aluminium sheet imports from China benefit from unfair subsidies, the aluminium Association said. The Commerce Department calculated preliminary subsidy margins ranging from 31.20 to 113.30 percent of the value of the... 

De Beers earns $520m in third sales cycle

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Diamond miner De Beers’ global sightholder and auction sales earned the company $520-million in the third sales cycle of this year.  

After setbacks, Anglo American counting on turnaround for Minas-Rio mine

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 Two leaks in a month, a 90-day outage and $58-million in fines is not enough to temper Anglo American's ambition for its long-delayed, multi-billion dollar Minas-Rio iron-ore mine in Brazil. Purchased at the height of the commodities boom a decade ago for $5.5-billion, Anglo American was once... 

Bluebird reports ongoing progress at South Korea mines

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 Asia-focused Bluebird Merchants has commissioned a water-treatment plant at the Gubong mine, in South Korea. The plant will ensure that water being released from the mine, which Bluebird plans to reopen, meets acceptable standards. 

BMI raises 2018 aluminium price forecast on Chinese supply constraints

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 The aluminium price is forecast to strengthen this year, as the demand outlook continues to improve and prices are kept elevated owing to the expectations of Chinese supply constraints, says Fitch Group-affiliated BMI Research.  

Global tin mine production growth to slow – BMI

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Global tin mine production growth will decelerate between 2018 and 2026, compared with 2009 to 2017, owing to stricter environment regulations and declining ore grades in major producers, such as China, Indonesia and Myanmar. However, the market researcher BMI expects that absolute production... 

Goldman Sachs says you must own commodities in these tense times

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 The case for owning commodities has rarely been stronger, according to Goldman Sachs Group. With raw materials rallying on escalating political tensions across the globe and economic growth remaining strong, the bank’s analysts including Jeffrey Currie doubled down on their “overweight”... 

Kun-Manie field engineering campaign to start soon

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Exploration and resources company Amur Minerals has completed the restocking and mobilisation of all machinery, spares and supplies needed to complete the 2018 field season at its Kun-Manie nickel/copper sulphide project, in Far East, Russia. The resupply transport effort began on February 15 and... 

Mining billionaire backs outback gas pipeline to ease power woes

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 Billionaire Andrew Forrest is studying a proposed 1 500-mile (2 400-km) transcontinental natural gas pipeline as part of his iron ore company’s strategy to diversify and to boost Australia’s power supply network. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. confirmed it has undertaken work for a duct that would... 

Aluminium set for best week in three decades as supply woes mount

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 Aluminium prices are heading for the best week in at least three decades as US sanctions on Russian producer United Co. Rusal send buyers scrambling to find supplies. Prices of the metal climbed to the highest since 2012 Thursday, helping push this week’s gain to almost 14%, the most in... 

Global silver output falls 4.1% in 2017, as industrial demand ramps up – GFMS

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2018 A new survey by the GFMS team at Thomson Reuters has found that global silver output had fallen 4.1% in 2017 to 852.1-million ounces. Prepared by GFMS, the report found that total physical demand of 1.02-billion ounces was 25% lower year-on-year, signalling that the tightening of the... 

Aluminium gets Iran-style crisis as Rusal shut out of market

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2018 The aluminium market is having its own Iran oil moment. Similar to how US and European sanctions in 2012 cut Iran’s oil sales to the world, last week’s American penalties on United Co Rusal look set to freeze the Russian company’s aluminium out of western markets. The reaction has already been... 

LG Chem cobalt deal sets tone for battery cathode market

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2018 A new deal by Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem and China’s Huayou Cobalt is expected to set the tone for the lithium-ion battery cathode market. The two partners have announced a significant deal worth about $440-million to build a 40 000 t/y lithium-ion battery precursor materials plant and a... 

Palladium surges 6% on jitters over Russia sanctions

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 Palladium has surged 6% this week on the back of concerns that supply from number one producer Russia could be hurt by sanctions imposed by the US. Although the supply pipeline of the metal, more than two-fifths of which is sourced in Russia, has not been directly hit by the sanctions, the... 

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... 

LME to suspend Rusal's aluminium from approved brand list

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 The London Metal Exchange will suspend Rusal's aluminium from its list of approved brands from April 17 after some members raised concerns about settling LME contracts with sanctioned companies, the exchange's chief executive told Reuters. Last week the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions... 

Global trade politics cast shadow over Canadian M&A action – Oreninc

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Market volatility continues to rattle the stock markets and metals commodities are alternately coming under pressure and recovering as US President Donald Trump and China stand-off over trade, or more specifically, their bilateral trade balance. It was against this backdrop that data company... 

PGMs industry sees crisis, Mantashe sees new dawn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday described the mining industry as one that is in self-doubt, believing that it is about to die, where suspicion and mistrust is at a high level. “I fail to understand why platinum is in a crisis,” he said, adding that mining stakeholders need to... 

Palladium's slide from record high hits solid floor

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 Palladium's 20% fall from its January record high has put the metal in bear market territory, but strong chart support and tightness in the underlying market suggest it has hit a solid floor more than 40% above its ten-year average. Palladium, the most industrial of the major precious metals,... 

Deripaska's fall: From Davos party king to outcast in three days

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2018 At Davos this year, Oleg Deripaska threw a party with champagne, Russian folk dancers and a performance by Enrique Iglesias. Now the Russian billionaire is on an international blacklist usually reserved for terrorists and warlords. On Friday, the US aimed its toughest sanctions at Deripaska’s... 

Fortescue says miners have shut gates on new iron-ore supply

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2018 Global iron-ore miners have turned off the tap on adding new production capacity to feed China’s steel mills as the world’s largest customer is already awash with supplies, according to Fortescue Metals Group. “The reality is that most of the producers, ourselves included, are not actually... 

China coal imports to fall this year amid concerns about curbs

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 China's coal imports are expected to fall by 8% this year, a senior industry official said on Tuesday, amid growing concerns that the world's top consumer of the fuel will curb arrivals from abroad to boost the domestic market. Arrivals from abroad will be 250 million tonnes, down from... 

Vanadium batteries need 'Elon Musk moment' to kick-start market

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2018 Vanadium needs Elon Musk or another big player in the global battery market to get behind the metal in order to share centre stage with other energy-storage components such as lithium and cobalt. “When we get that moment, we’re off to the races,” Vincent Algar, MD of Australian Vanadium, said in... 

LNG to underpin Australia’s export earnings growth

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th April 2018 Australia’s resources and energy export earnings are expected to reach a record A$230-billion in 2017/18, as liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports increased. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has reported in the March 2018 edition of the Resources and Energy Quarterly that LNG is... 

Developing New Manufacturers

     9th April 2018 Advancement in machine learning and industrial innovations vital to boosting South Africa’s manufacturing sector. Following the 2008 financial crisis, which caused many industrial sectors around the globe to dwindle, South Africa’s manufacturing industry experienced a similar downturn and almost... 

Lithium glut fears tempered by optimism over surging demand

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Warnings of a lithium glut may be premature. For one thing, doomsayers assume all the lithium in brine or hard rock deposits will get processed, but that’s not the case, said Jay Roberge, partner and managing director at Tehama Capital Corporation, a Vancouver-based merchant bank. 

World's top iron shipper says China import boom to level off

By: Bloomberg     9th April 2018 The world’s largest iron-ore exporter delivered a mixed message on the outlook, raising near-term price forecasts, but combining that revision with a more somber message that China’s gargantuan imports are set to level off as steel production eases in the coming years. Iron-ore will average... 

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... 

Dormant Swedish mine comes alive in rush for car batteries

By: Bloomberg     6th April 2018 The global race to develop batteries for electric cars is reaching deep into the pine forests of central Sweden, where a dormant graphite mine is getting a new lease on life. Woxna, situated about 259 km north of Stockholm, was mothballed in 2001 amid a slump in prices. Now, a Canadian company... 

Stronger gold price lifts global ETF inflows – WGC

By: Henry Lazenby     6th April 2018 Global gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) added 22.5 t of gold during March, increasing their holdings to 2 415 t valued at $102.8-billion, data provided by the World Gold Council (WGC) on Thursday shows. While the price of gold finished the month relatively flat $1 325/oz, a significant... 

Large uranium deficits expected

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th April 2018 The outlook for future uranium demand remains positive amid prevailing low prices, as significant deficits and “substantially higher prices” are expected over the next decade when future supply will be hampered by current under-investment, says uranium development company Bannerman Resources CEO... 

China seeks WTO dispute resolution with US over steel, aluminum tariffs

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 China's commerce ministry said on Thursday it has initiated a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute resolution procedure over US tariffs on its import of steel and aluminum. The move follows a back and forth dispute between the two countries over free trade, that has escalated from an... 

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