R/€ = 15.63 Change: -0.03
R/$ = 13.73 Change: -0.04
Au 1291.52 $/oz Change: 1.23
Pt 803.66 $/oz Change: 1.51


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... 

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho

By: Halima Frost     28th September 2018 Contractor Basil Read’s mining division has added four new excavators from construction equipment manufacturer Hyundai to its fleet of mobile mining equipment. The excavators – a Hyundai R520LC-9S hydraulic crawler excavator, a Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavator, and two 22 T Hyundai R220LC-9S... 

Platinum-using fuel cells making more headway

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2018 Last month’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange of Bloom Energy suggests a second, much larger market may be emerging for fuel cells, Greentech Media reported this week in an article recording the deployment of Bloom’s technology at 25 Fortune 100 companies. The... 

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2018 Ongoing hydrogen fuel cell developments across the globe are kindling hope for an eventual significant increase in platinum demand. This month alone, Hyundai Auto Canada took part in the official opening of Canada's first retail hydrogen fuelling station operated by Shell and Hydrogen Technology... 

Wheel loader boasts exceptional performance

1st June 2018 Earthmoving equipment and construction equipment dealer HPE Africa’s Hyundai HL780-9S wheel loader, which is being used by plant hire company Vanalls Plant Hire at a manganese smelter in eMalahleni, in Mpumalanga, to break up and transport silica manganese, is “coping efficiently in harsh... 

On-The-Air (27/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The imminent opening in Johannesburg of the exciting new Mandela Mining Precinct is a major boost for badly needed research and development. This month’s rapid-fire announcements of the widespread new use of fuel cells globally is great news for South Africa’s struggling platinum mining... 

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... 

Regular undercarriage maintenance reduces excavator running costs

7th July 2017 Correct machine operation, together with regular maintenance, significantly reduces undercarriage wear, improves operating efficiency and reduces running costs of tracked excavators, says Hyundai earthmoving equipment supplier HPE Africa. 

Mining majors use Davos to get their messages across

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2017 Mining companies featured strongly in a multi-page feature in the edition of Time magazine that followed closely on the heels of the influential World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Mining majors like South Africa’s Anglo American, America’s Newmont and Canada’s Goldcorp got their messages... 

Davos boosts platinum fuel cell outlook with hydrogen council launch 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2017 Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) offer the most natural solution for emission-free vehicles, discharging only water and requiring negligible change to current driving and refuelling habits, which is why 13 leading energy, transport and industry companies this week chose Davos... 

Amplats takes another step towards fuel cell realisation

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2016 In the latest step towards the potential adoption of zero-emission fuel cell technology on a large scale, platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Thursday announced an investment in a company engaged in small-scale gas-to-liquids technology that converts flare gas, natural... 

Producer has positive platinum outlook

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th August 2016 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) remain a positive investment, as there is improved sentiment in the platinum market, and platinum exchange-traded fund (ETF) prices remained stable in the first half of 2016, states PGMs mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). The company held its interim... 

Fuel cell thrust continuing – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2016 The momentum around fuel cell vehicles as one of the zero-emission technologies of the future is continuing to build as shown by launches and proposed launches of commercially available fuel cell electric vehicles by major car manufacturers. Pictures of fuel cell electric vehicles bearing... 

UK show sees strong demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th June 2016 The Hillhead international quarrying and recycling show is famous for its live demonstrations and 2016 will be no different with a range of equipment being put through its paces in a live quarry environment. Demand for the 2016 event has been strong with every square metre now allocated,... 

It’s a sell out!

22nd March 2016 Demand for the 2016 event has been buoyant with every square metre now allocated, including a new outdoor area at the southern end of the site and an extended Registration Pavilion.   More than 460 exhibitors will attend, with all the major industry players returning as well as some exciting new... 

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... 

Platinum fuel cells are the answer in VW emissions snarl-up

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2015 The debacle that Volkswagen has caused by misrepresenting the volume of emissions that emerge from the exhaust pipes of its vehicles may just be the catalyst that the world needs to accept platinum fuel cells, which do not emit a single speck of environmental nasties. 

VW debacle puts favourable spotlight on zero-emission platinum fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2015 The attack on diesel vehicles and the Volkswagen emissions debacle are putting a favourable new spotlight on the zero-emission value of fuel cell electric vehicles that use considerable volumes of platinum. This year has seen several global car manufacturers steadfastly advancing the... 

Fuel cells used at Eastern Cape schools

21st August 2015 Hydrogen fuel cell technology has been used successfully to provide standby power at three schools in Cofimvaba, in the Eastern Cape, since September 2014, mining major Anglo American announced in June. 

Platinum bridal jewellery demand up in China, fuel cells powering blocks of flats

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2015 Platinum marketing money previously devoted largely to discounts and commissions is now being used to boost platinum jewellery, investment and fuel cell promotion, says Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith. Bridal platinum jewellery demand is growing in China, platinum demand... 

Platinum-powered Hyundais take to the UK streets 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2015 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai fuel cell ix35 vehicle, which will stimulate future demand for platinum. 

1 000 platinum-powered Hyundais in UK this year – Amplats 

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2015 Fuel cell electric vehicles will allow platinum mining to build its future in a truly sustainable way on the back of zero exhaust emissions and the use of the world’s endless supply of hydrogen as a fuel source, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith has told Platinum Week 2015 in... 

Fuel cells, cleaner fuel to create new platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2015 A move towards cleaner fuel and a focus on fuel cells for cars would be the sources of new demand for platinum, SFA Oxford chairperson Stephen Forrest told the Mining Indaba on Monday. Forrest said that Toyota, Honda and Hyundai were all expected to release fuel-cell cars next year, with Daimler... 

On-The-Air (26/09/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2014 An exciting new technology, which has the potential to boost platinum sky-high, has passed its first tests 

Diesel-like hydrogen breakthrough rekindles platinum fuel-cell excitement 

By: Martin Creamer     4th August 2014 A breakthrough that gives stored hydrogen diesel-like characteristics for safe and efficient long-term energy storage is rekindling excitement that the introduction of new clean energy from platinum-based hydrogen fuel cells may be close at hand. Liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology... 

$100m Amplats’ firepower for platinum metals development 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2014 Platinum major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is targeting co-investors to help it treble the $100-million financial firepower that it is directing at further development of the platinum group metals (PGMs) market. Amplats PGM Development Fund – a private equity fund managed by Douglas... 

Rand Refinery to run Amplats platinum manufacturing scheme

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2014 Platinum mining major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has appointed Rand Refinery to administer its platinum metal financing scheme that provides access to affordable metal financing for local manufacturers. Rand Refinery, based in Germiston, takes over the administration of Amplats’ platinum... 

Major global future demand for South African platinum – Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2014 The future of the world is urbanisation and South Africa is uniquely placed to supply the major volume of the platinum metals that the world will need in large quantities to clean its air. “Platinum metals equal healthier air,” Ivanhoe Capital Corporation chairperson Robert Friedland told the... 

Rex moves ahead with Hillside

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th January 2014 ASX-listed Rex Minerals has moved forward with the development of its Hillside copper project, in South Australia’s York Peninsula, awarding early contractor involvement status to Korea-based Hyundai Engineering & Construction and engineering group AMEC. Hyundai and AMEC would now produce the... 

Trackless high-speed development project to be completed next year

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th September 2013 Following the success of the decline sinking project in October last year at Lubambe copper mine, in Zambia, mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a new contract, extended until January next year, for trackless high-speed development at the joint venture-owned... 

Corihuarmi mine, Peru

By: Sheila Barradas     30th August 2013 A gold and silver mine located about 160 km south-east of Lima, in Peru. 

HPE sells 12 McCloskey machines since being named distributor in January

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     2nd August 2013 Distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has successfully showcased the new McCloskey C38 recirculating cone crusher at an interactive open day, which was hosted by crushing, screening and handling equipment company McCloskey International at a quarrying... 

Company receives positive response to equipment launch

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th July 2013 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa notes that industry response to the launch of its Hyundai-9 Series has been positive, with increasing sales across sectors. The Hyundai-9 Series equipment range was first launched in South Africa last year, in conjunction with the... 

Bulk earthworks industry’s potential hampered

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th July 2013 The bulk earthworks industry has the potential to perform much better than it currently does, but a lack of industry development and strikes at South Africa’s major mining companies have hampered the industry’s potential, notes bulk earthworks supplier SA Earthworks CEO Danie van der Westhuizen.... 

M&R gets new Zambia contract following ‘successful’ execution of decline sinking project

28th June 2013 As a result of a successful decline sinking project last year at Lubambe copper mine, in Zambia, which is jointly owned by South Africa's African Rainbow Minerals, Brazil’s Vale and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines, mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a new... 

Company Announcement:More exhibition space at bauma Africa 2013

5th December 2012 The amount of exhibition space at the first bauma Africa is being increased to 35,000 square meters 

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2012 This week: Mintek CEO calls for a State-owned exploration company. Omnia’s new plant will raise South Africa’s nitric acid production to 1.4-million tons a year. And, a 120 ton excavator is introduced to the South African mining industry. 

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