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Fitch Solution foresees a turn for the better in mining spend, output, profit in 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2021 Research agency Fitch Solutions expects production, capital expenditure (capex) and profitability in the mining industry to improve this year as commodity prices are soaring, while economies are recovering and vaccines are rolled out. The agency forecasts that major mining firms will raise their... 

Nornickel to minimise 2020 final dividend, considers buyback

By: Reuters     9th April 2021 Nornickel will minimise its final dividend for 2020, the Russian metals producer said on Friday, citing a recommendation from its board of directors. The board recommended a final dividend of 1 021.22 roubles ($13.25) per share, it said in a statement. 

Manufacturer expands abrasive products range

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd April 2021 German-owned abrasive products manufacturer PFERD South Africa is continuing with product line extensions for its coated and bonded abrasive products to meet market needs. This follows the manufacturer’s having noticed a steady shift in the market towards hand-held power tools that can improve... 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Ghana promotes local content after discovery

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     2nd April 2021 Ghana’s Parliament passed into law the Minerals and Mining Local Content and Local Participation Regulations in December 2020, which is timely following the drive to industrialise the country’s economy and, in particular, explore its bauxite reserves. The regulations set out the levels of local... 

QPM raises A$15m for TECH

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2021 ASX-listed Queensland Pacific Metals has completed a A$15-million capital raising through share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors. The company on Monday told shareholders that it has placed more than 187.5-million shares, at a price of 8c each, with the shares to be placed... 

Boliden launches low-carbon copper products

By: Reuters     19th March 2021 Sweden's Boliden said it has launched two "green" copper products this week, the first of its kind, hoping to appeal to consumers aiming to cut their carbon footprint. The two copper cathode products - one sourced from recycled electronic scrap, the other from reduced-emissions mining - will... 

World’s top nickel producer sets out end-to-end battery ambition

By: Bloomberg     5th March 2021 Indonesia laid down its plans to have a complete battery production line onshore, with a state-owned holding firm to be set up by June. The country has drafted an “end-to-end development” plan that would see four state firms supplying nickel ore, processing nickel sulphate and cobalt sulphate,... 

Fitch raises metals, mining price assumptions in line with returning demand, low inventories 

By: Donna Slater     26th February 2021 Ratings agency Fitch Ratings has revised some of its metals and mining price assumptions in line with that it sees as commodity prices being set to benefit in the short term from returning demand, as well as slow supply response and low inventories. The agency’s revision of all iron-ore price... 

TPI warns that most large firms have not gone clean enough to meet Paris agreement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th February 2021 The Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) has warned that 86%, or 95 out of 111, of global publicly listed firms surveyed in heavy industries have failed to prepare for the “transition decade”. Research done by the initiative points to an $856-billion climate risk, which is the combined market cap... 

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