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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... 

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... 

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... 

Largo narrows FY17 loss as record Q4 output, rising metal prices boost bottom line

By: Henry Lazenby     24th March 2018 Canadian vanadium producer Largo Resources has narrowed its net loss for 2017 to C$10.4-million, or C$0.02 a share, as record fourth-quarter production dovetailed into higher realised prices for its vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) product. Largo set a new monthly production record in December at its... 

LME rethinks cobalt contract for electric vehicle sector

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 The London Metal Exchange has abandoned plans for a cobalt sulphate contract for the electric vehicle battery supply chain because pricing for the chemical has historically been based on the metal it is derived from, cobalt industry sources said. The exchange is instead looking at offering a... 

Glencore sees nickel in best shape in decade before EVs take off

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2017 Glencore is seeing the best market conditions for nickel in at least a decade, and electric cars are barely playing a part yet. The miner and trading giant expects nickel’s 2017 deficit at 170 000 metric tons -- one of the biggest in years and more than most market estimates – to be driven by a... 

Iron-ore rallies as China imports bust 100Mt level

By: Bloomberg     13th October 2017 Iron-ore imports by China surged above 100-million metric tons to a record, smashing the previous high set in 2015, as the country’s concerted push to clean up the environment stoked demand for higher-grade material from overseas while hurting local mine supply. Prices rallied. 

Largo chalks up thousandth shipment of vanadium as prices surge

By: Henry Lazenby     25th August 2017 Canadian vanadium producer Largo Resources has shipped its thousandth consignment of the steel-hardening and catalytic compound from its flagship Maracás Menchen mine, in Bahia state, Brazil. The shipment represented about 44-million pounds of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) dispatched from the operation. 

Meridian strikes 20 000 t/y manganese offtake deal

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd June 2017 Junior manganese producer Meridian Mining has secured an offtake agreement for about 20 000 t/y, or about one-third of the planned 2017 production of high-grade manganese from its Brazil Manganese Corporation (BMC) project. The TSX-V-listed miner said the sales contract will comprise two... 

The hard-to-believe steel shortage that's unfolding in China

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2017 The world’s top steelmaker may have a shortage of steel. China has a lack of rebar, according to iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals Group, which says a shortfall of the key product helps to explain a divergence between the price of the commodity it digs up with the alloy it’s made into. There’s a... 

Iron slumps into bear market as Barclays sees further losses

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2017 Iron-ore’s descent into bear-market territory may herald further weakness, with Barclays pinning the blame for the slide on lower steel demand in China driving a shift from mills toward lower-quality ore and raising the prospect of a drop into the $50s. Ore with 62% content in Qingdao fell 1%... 

Glencore sees nickel price rising on global supply shortage

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2016 Glencore, the commodities trader and miner, expects nickel prices to climb through 2018 as demand outstrips supply, assuming Indonesia continues its policy of curbing ore exports and encouraging local processing. “We believe we’ve seen the bottom, both in terms of the actual spot prices... 

What’s next for iron-ore from the guy who predicted 2016’s rally

By: Bloomberg     11th August 2016 Iron-ore will probably extend 2016’s rally as China takes further steps to stoke growth and the dollar weakens, according to Prestige Economics’s Jason Schenker, whose rare bullish call in the final quarter of last year is turning out to be right. While the ride may be choppy, the commodity will... 

Consumer FDI eclipsing mining investment in Africa

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2015 The rising prominence of investment in consumer-linked industries in Africa is significantly eclipsing investment in mining, with mining’s share hitting an all-time low at only 2% of foreign direct investment (FDI) in recent years. Technology, media and telecommunications have risen to 20% of the... 

Angola sees iron-ore production from 2014 or 2015

By: Reuters     7th November 2012 Angola aims to start up iron ore production in the next two to three years through a state company partnership with private operators including leading international trading house Trafigura, an Angolan industry official said on Wednesday. Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, president of state-owned... 

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