R/€ = 15.60 Change: 0.00
R/$ = 13.69 Change: 0.00
Au 1292.43 $/oz Change: 2.14
Pt 805.58 $/oz Change: 3.43


Hydrogen leap needed to aid platinum’s future 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2019 A South African decision to step firmly into the hydrogen age, like so many other countries are doing, has great potential benefit for the country. Because South Africa has better combined solar and wind resources than just about any other country, it is well positioned to generate hydrogen using... 

GM cautious on switch to platinum even as palladium price soars  

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2018 Palladium’s surge to a record has intensified talk among analysts that carmakers will look to replace it with cheaper platinum for use in pollution-control devices. The auto industry’s answer: Not so fast. Palladium, mainly used to control smog from gasoline engines, is trading near the highest... 

SA HIPPO in big demand for USA Coal Mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Due to President Donald Trump insisting that USA international companies, such as General Motors, bring their manufacturing activities back to the USA it is expected that a shortage of electrical power would be experienced. Several USA coal mines that have been closed for the last 20 years, most... 

On-The-Air (29/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2018 Good news for the economy is that Swiss-based mining giant Glencore is taking steps to boost its investments in South Africa. An Australian-funded company is moving at break-neck speed to reopen a rich zinc and copper mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. South Africa has supplied all... 

Barloworld H1 profits, revenue rise on higher Southern African, Russian equipment sales

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Despite a weaker first quarter, the global economy remains on track to show solid growth for 2018 in both developed and emerging markets, while South Africa’s economic outlook is also improving, benefiting multinational Barloworld. The company on Monday reported a 14.2% year-on-year increase in... 

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... 

Ford complains rising metals costs hurt profits, rivals unphased

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 When Ford Motor reports fourth-quarter results on Wednesday afternoon, it is expected to fret that rising metals costs have cut into profits, even as rivals say they have the problem under control. Aluminium prices have risen 20% in the last year and nearly 11% since December 11. Steel prices... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global automotive markets are adopting electric vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once- in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy metals’ –... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global auto markets are adopting electrically powered vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers have estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy... 

Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply electric-car boom

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Russia’s State-owned nuclear corporation is joining the lithium rush. After a collapse in the price of uranium, Rosatom Corp. plans to start mining and trading the metal used in batteries as it seeks to profit from the rapid rise of electric vehicles. 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Amplats anticipates continued growth in fuel cells

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) expects the autocatalyst sector to remain a significant driver of platinum demand. In the last year, autocatalyst demand continued to grow, with sales in Western Europe up 6%. This, CEO Chris Griffith said, was as a result of slightly higher loading, owing to... 

GM, Honda in JV to manufacture hydrogen fuel cell systems

By: Ilan Solomons     10th February 2017 US multinational corporation General Motors (GM) and Japanese multinational corporation Honda last week announced the establishment of the automotive industry's first manufacturing joint venture (JV) to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from... 

Isondo excited about prospects for a viable fuel-cell manufacturing industry 

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2017 Isondo Precious Metals is rolling out its fuel-cell strategy and is planning to establish a fuel-cell component manufacturing plant in South Africa. Isondo CEO Vinay Somera on Wednesday said he and his team had “scoured the world” for the best-in-class technology with an eye on building a... 

Lithium asset consolidation proceeds unabated

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2016 Asset consolidation is continuing in the junior lithium space, with several companies announcing deals in the past week. Wealth Minerals announced Monday that its Chilean subsidiary has entered a letter of intent dated December 12, with arm’s length vendors giving it the exclusive right and... 

‘Blood gold’ in US cars, phones funds Marxist rebel armies

By: Bloomberg     16th November 2016 Deep in the jungles of Colombia, thousands of small, illegal mining operations, many under the control of Marxist guerrillas or drug traffickers, are working long hours to pull gold out of the ground. Miners are digging in out-of-the-way places such as Timbiquí and Río Quito. From there, the gold... 

Supercomputers deliver $500m savings in BHP hunt for oil

By: Bloomberg     29th July 2016 Supercomputers that create 3-D seismic maps of BHP Billiton’s oil and gas assets are accelerating work to bring new fields into production and have already notched savings of $500-million in development costs at a project in the Caribbean. The computers are among initiatives aimed at using... 

MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2016 names chairperson for world's biggest mining equipment show

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2016 Washington, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA), sponsor of MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2016, today announced that Caterpillar Inc. group president Denise Johnson will chair the world’s largest mining equipment exhibition.  Johnson, who oversees the Resource Industries group for the Peoria,... 

While lithium opportunities grow, investors urged to maintain caution

By: Simon Rees     18th March 2016 The increase in lithium prices has tempted more companies to enter the space and take advantage of the growing market interest, said Disruptive Discoveries Journal newsletter writer Chris Berry at the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference. “A lot of companies have... 

VW debacle unlikely to hit platinum hard – Sibanye

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2015 Precious metals mining company Sibanye, which is bulking up on platinum, does not expect a consumer backlash against diesel vehicles, which are major platinum users. JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye, which is taking steps to acquire Rustenburg Platinum from Anglo American Platinum as well as the... 

Alcoa completes Tennessee automotive expansion to meet sector's ‘strong demand’ for aluminium

By: Henry Lazenby     24th September 2015 US specialty metals manufacturer Alcoa has completed a second significant North American automotive expansion this year to meet rising demand for lighter materials for use in the automotive sector in the quest for increasing fuel efficiency. Backed by long-term customer contracts, Alcoa invested... 

Support For The Automotive Industry Is Essential

24th June 2015 South Africa is a developing economy that is still in the process of industrialising.This stage is characterised by the need to develop both its upstream and downstream industries using the wealth from its resource base. In South Africa’s case, as is the case in many other African countries, this... 

With iceman on the way, US plants and suppliers get ready

By: Reuters     20th November 2014 US Steel is stockpiling extra iron ore ahead of what could be another record-long freeze-up of the Great Lakes. General Motors has built up inventories of critical parts at its plants and established a supply chain "crisis room" that will swing into action in the event of a major winter storm. 

Canada aims to restore CP Rail service Thursday

By: Reuters     29th May 2012 The Canadian government will force striking workers at Canadian Pacific Railway back to work with fast-track legislation aimed at restoring rail service by Thursday, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said on Monday. The government introduced the legislation in the House of Commons on Monday to end a... 

Implats’ illustrated history

By: Jade Davenport     2nd March 2012 This year marks the 88th anniversary of the foundation of South Africa’s platinum mining sector. However, this milestone is unlikely to be celebrated with much enthusiasm as platinum miners increasingly find themselves of the tortuous rack owing to the debilitating labour union struggles and... 


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