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Codelco wins shareholder approval to secure first lithium asset
Codelco wins shareholder approval to secure first lithium asset
23rd January 2024 By: Bloomberg

Codelco, the world’s biggest copper producer, won approval to buy Lithium Power International after shareholders of the Australian junior voted in favor of a takeover that diversifies the Chilean... 


China, in comic strip, warns of 'overseas' threats to its rare earths
22nd January 2024 By: Reuters

hina's chief intelligence agency posted on social media a comic strip featuring foreign-looking characters secretly extracting rare earths, in a story portraying the country's strategic metals... 


Nickel price crash seen strengthening Indonesia's grip on supply
Nickel price crash seen strengthening Indonesia's grip on supply
22nd January 2024 By: Bloomberg

A prolonged slump in nickel prices is stress-testing producers worldwide, raising the prospect of sweeping mine closures that will deepen Indonesia’s dominance of global supply. The metal used in... 


South32 CEO Graham Kerr
Strong showing by South Africa’s Hillside helps to lift South32 to record aluminium output
22nd January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Ongoing strong performance by South Africa’s Hillside Aluminium operation in KwaZulu-Natal has helped diversified mining company South32 achieve record half-year aluminium production. Moreover,... 


The new BASF HERAEUS Metal Resource recycling facility in China.
New platinum group metals recycling facility opens in China
19th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

A new platinum group metals (PGM) recycling facility has opened in China, where the autocatalyst recycling market is expected to grow at the rate of 18% a year. Recycled PGMs are calculated to... 


Startup aims to transform WA from world’s mine into world’s foundry
Startup aims to transform WA from world’s mine into world’s foundry
19th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Perth-headquartered Element Zero, a green materials platform company launched by former Fortescue executives, has raised $10-million in seed funding for its pioneering zero-carbon metal conversion... 


Piedmont Lithium CEO Keith Phillips
Piedmont Lithium sells portion of Atlantic shares to Assore
19th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

US-based Piedmont Lithium has announced it will sell a portion of shares it holds in Aim-and ASX-listed Atlantic Lithium to Atlantic’s biggest shareholder, Assore International. The Nasdaq- and... 


Gwede Mantashe
Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister
18th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview... 


The fund will focus its efforts on critical minerals, including lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese and graphite.
EU-backed investors plan €500m battery raw materials fund
18th January 2024 By: Reuters

Two of Europe's leading energy transition investors plan to raise €500-million for a battery raw materials fund, aiming to plug "significant gaps" in the region's supply chain, executives told... 


Lithium venture in Chile in talks with EV firms to invest in mine project
18th January 2024 By: Reuters

A joint venture valued at $1.5-billion to $2-billion that wants to become Chile’s third lithium producer is in talks with investors to bankroll its project. Simco Lithium, owned by a Singaporean... 


ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
Global mining commits to nature-positive future
18th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Global mining and metals companies have committed at Davos to take urgent action to support a nature-positive future by 2030 that promotes the health, diversity and resilience of species,... 


Mined cobalt
BMI predicts more stable metal prices, critical mineral deals in 2024
17th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Research agency BMI on January 17 unpacked the key themes for metals and mining for the year, highlighting that the sector is making a modest recovery amid global deceleration. BMI commodities... 


Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill
South Africa-linked mining luminaries advising on metals industry greening
17th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa-linked mining luminaries are playing roles in an initiative to transform the metals industry with clean technology. Being targeted for metals is the elimination of energy-intensive... 


Marula appoints dedicated East African exploration head
17th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Africa-focused mining and development company Marula Mining has appointed Collins Aseto head of exploration in East Africa as the company seeks more battery metal opportunities in the region.... 


Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson
Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker well-being at Copper 360
16th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Computer programmes that use artificial intelligence (AI) to model orebodies and plan mines optimally have already been introduced by Copper 360, says the JSE AltX-listed Northern Cape copper... 


Platinum bar.
Supply-demand trend favours platinum over palladium – Deutsche Bank Research
15th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The convergence in platinum and palladium prices is likely to go further. Fundamentals point more positively for platinum into 2025 on a better autocatalyst demand trend. 


Global Uranium sells Australia lithium asset
15th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Australia-based Global Uranium on Monday announced the sale of its Lake Johnston lithium project, in Western Australia, to Intra Energy Corporation (IEC), as the company shifts its focus to... 


Samsung SDI invests in Canada Nickel
Samsung SDI invests in Canada Nickel
15th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Korean battery and electronics manufacturer Samsung SDI has made an $18.5-million investment in Canada Nickel, the owner of the Crawford nickel/cobalt project in the Timmins-Cochrane mining camp,... 


Australia’s critical minerals research receives govt funding boost
Australia’s critical minerals research receives govt funding boost
12th January 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Australian government is investing almost A$22-million in three key research projects which will support the growth of the critical minerals industry and help supply materials which will be... 


JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster
JSE presents opportunity for critical mineral miners to access capital
12th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Critical mineral demand is growing significantly at a time when South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets – two crucial needs that can be fulfilled in one go by companies... 


American Lithium triples value of Peru project to $5bn
American Lithium triples value of Peru project to $5bn
11th January 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

TSX-V-listed American Lithium has reported a “very large” increase in the value of its Falchani project, in Peru, with the 2024 preliminary economic assessment (PEA) calculating an aftertax net... 


Heraeus Precious Metals EVP Dr Philipp Walter
Hydrogen economy poised as key growth booster for platinum group metals – Heraeus
11th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The hydrogen economy is an important new growth area for platinum group metals (PGMs) and, in turn, PGMs are pivotal for hydrogen production and application across a broad front. Accentuating this... 


Supported are production, transport, storage, industrial application, fuel cell energising and recycling.
Major new global hydrogen thrust brightens spotlight on platinum group metals
10th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

A major new initiative by long-standing South Africa associate Heraeus Precious Metals this week drew renewed and intensified attention to the widespread role of platinum group metals (PGMs) in the... 


Battery metal price plunge is closing mines and stalling deals
Battery metal price plunge is closing mines and stalling deals
10th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

A meltdown in some of the most-hyped energy-transition metals is wreaking havoc across the mining world, stalling projects, scuppering deals and triggering a scramble for cash that promises to... 


US Supreme Court maintains veto on Alaskan Pebble project
9th January 2024 By: Darren Parker

Canadian mineral exploration and development company Northern Dynasty Minerals has reported that the US Supreme Court has denied Alaska’s petition to review its claims that the Environmental... 


Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak
Sibanye-Stillwater announces forceful C-suite sustainability appointment
9th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Johannesburg- and New York-listed mining company Sibanye-Stillwater has appointed Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak as chief sustainability officer, effective January 1. “Sustainability/ESG is a strategic... 


The Red Chris mine produces gold and copper
C$36bn in critical mineral investment at stake in BC
8th January 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Sixteen proposed critical mineral mines, representing C$36-billion in near-term investment, 300 000 person-years of employment and C$11-billion in tax revenues, are at a key juncture, based on... 


Aterian acquires 90% controlling interest in Atlantis
8th January 2024 By: Darren Parker

London-listed critical metals exploration and development company Aterian has signed a share purchase agreement (SPA) to acquire a controlling 90% interest in private Bostwana-registered business... 


Tianqi, LG, Eramet explore lithium options in Chile meetings
Tianqi, LG, Eramet explore lithium options in Chile meetings
8th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

Some of the biggest players in the global battery supply chain held meetings with Chilean authorities late last year as the country with the biggest reserves of lithium gets ready to open up new... 


Chile President praises Codelco, SQM lithium deal ensuring State control
28th December 2023 By: Reuters

Chile's President Gabriel Boric hailed the formation of a new government-controlled lithium partnership that fuses assets of State-run Codelco with private miner SQM, as the leftist leader advances... 


Giyani Metals CEO Danny Keating.
IDC-funded Canada-Botswana battery manganese demo plant to be built in Joburg
20th December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Giyani Metals is a company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Toronto, Canada. Through its wholly-owned Botswana subsidiary Menzi Battery Metals, Giyani is the owner of the past producing K.Hill... 


Mined lithium ore
Australia wants to compete with China on critical minerals, minister King says
20th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Australia wants to compete with China in producing and refining resources vital to the next phase of high-tech manufacturing around the world, according to Minister Madeleine King, backing the... 


Larvotto completes acquisition of Hillgrove project
19th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

ASX-listed Larvotto Resources has completed the acquisition of the high-grade gold/antimony Hillgrove project, in New South Wales, for $8-million. The strategic acquisition of Hillgrove has... 


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