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Tyre manufacturer to invest $90-million in hydraulic hose production plant
23rd February 2024

German technology company Continental in January announced an investment of $90-million towards the construction of its new plant for hydraulic hose for industrial purposes in the west-central... 


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Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African new-car market has been shifting steadily over the last few years as consumers continue to battle persistent economic headwinds. Times are tough. Interest rates, living costs,... 


Posco to import African battery graphite to cut China reliance
22nd February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Posco Future M Co, which produces battery materials for companies including General Motors Co, is preparing to import graphite from Africa to reduce its dependence on supplies from China. “Graphite... 


Amplats CEO Craig Miller
Amplats restructuring may impact 3 700 jobs after 71% y/y earnings decline
19th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Despite the “extensive measures” already taken by platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to ensure its survival, the company has announced a proposed restructuring... 


Aerial photo of the Bécancour industrial park showing NMG’s land for its Phase-2 Bécancour battery material plant.
Nouveau Monde strikes supply deals with GM, Panasonic
16th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Canadian miner Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) on Thursday announced an offtake agreement with General Motors (GM) and a commitment from the automotive giant to invest $150-million to support the... 


New-vehicle sales slide continues
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales declined by 3.8% in January, to 41 636 units, compared with the same month last year. This continued the decline in new-vehicle sales witnessed in the last five months of 2023. 


An image of the TITAN AdBlue product offering from FUCHS
Ancillary product reduces harmful emissions
16th February 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Lubricant supplier FUCHS Lubricants South Africa introduced TITAN AdBlue – an ancillary product that helps reduce diesel exhaust emissions – for use in buses, trucks and agricultural vehicles.... 


An image of FUCHS Local Segment Lead Andy Weddell
Manufacturer introduces ‘evolved’ engine oil
16th February 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

As a successor to its TITAN CARGO MAXX 10W40 performance engine oil, lubricant manufacturer FUCHS Lubricants South Africa now offers the TITAN CARGO MAXX II performance engine oil, which also has a... 


An image of two automotive vehicles treated with ISO-Reliability Partners' Royal Purple lubricants
Supplier secures five-year contract
16th February 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Marking a successful 2023, lubrication solutions supplier ISO-Reliability Partners has secured a five-year contract with State-owned rolling stock company Transnet Engineering. The company will... 


An image of the Liqui Moly silicone sealing compounds product in motion
Silicone compounds benefit various operations
16th February 2024

The range of oils, additives and care products produced by industrial equipment supplier BMG contain silicone sealing compounds, which have been developed by Liqui Moly to seal various materials in... 


A group of make shift tents and lean to's in the DRC Bush which houses artisanal miners and their families
DRC investment to be buoyed by elevated copper price
16th February 2024 By: Halima Frost

A forecasted increase in global copper prices will encourage continued investment in the “copper and cobalt mining powerhouse of Africa” – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – reports... 


Palladium bars.
Now palladium comes under the Heraeus-Sibanye spotlight to boost hydrogen economy
15th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Germany’s Heraeus Precious Metals and South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater are partnering to explore new applications for platinum-group metals (PGMs) in the hydrogen economy, with a specific focus on... 


Mintek's GE Additive Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R machine
Mintek acquires laser bed fusion 3D printer
14th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

National mineral research council Mintek has acquired a laser powder bed fusion three-dimensional (3D) printer, which positions the organisation as a unique player in the mineral processing and... 


PLATINUM EXPECTATION
Platinum-for-palladium substitution in 2024 is expected to hit about 700 000 oz
Period of sustained deficits forecasted
9th February 2024

The platinum market has entered a period of sustained deficits, with global platinum organisation World Platinum Investment Council’s (WPIC’s) Platinum Quarterly supply and demand data estimating... 


CHROME CONDITIONING
Chromium can be used in a chemical coating process known as chrome plating whereby a thin chromium layer is applied to a raw metal substrate
Chrome highlighted for resistance properties
9th February 2024

With stainless steel considered a “marvel of modern engineering”, owing to its involvement with products ranging from kitchen appliances to surgical instruments, independent corrosion and failure... 


Construction of Stellantis’ R3bn Coega auto assembly plant poised to start in May
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction work on Stellantis’ assembly plant in the Coega Special Economic Zone, in the Eastern Cape, should kick off in May, says the vehicle manufacturer’s new CEO, Mike Whitfield. The start... 


Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.
Crucial to combine agricultural development with mining, Indaba hears
7th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Africa is going to have a huge amount to do to help solve the world’s climate change problems, Toronto-listed Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland emphasised in his far-reaching... 


ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
Threat of climate change has transformed the image of mining
7th February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The need to reduce global carbon emissions, to counter climate change, has transformed the public image of the mining industry, because of the urgent need to ramp-up the production of clean energy... 


An image of NextSource Materials' SuperFlake system
Hybrid energy plant constructed, commissioned
2nd February 2024

Battery materials development company NextSource Materials has completed commissioning and achieved full operationality of its solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage hybrid power plant, at its... 


GEM and Anglo teams at signing ceremony.
Anglo launches battery raw materials research project with large China recycler
26th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa-founded and Johannesburg- and London-listed Anglo American on Friday announced the launch of a research and development project in collaboration with one of China’s largest battery and... 


An image of the Audi e-tron SQ8
Local electric vehicle roll-out successful, despite challenges
26th January 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Automotive vehicle manufacturer Audi South Africa (Audi SA) maintains a positive outlook on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by customers and businesses in the country, despite the... 


An image of Brendan Londt and Alan Caugant standing in front of vehicles modified by RMAA SA
Modified fleets can benefit African sectors
26th January 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Special vehicle modifications company RMA Automotive South Africa (RMAA SA) has deepened its promise to use “excellent” design expertise and capabilities, as well as “cutting-edge technology” to... 


An image of the Tesla Model Y and a table showing vehicle registration statistics in several European countries
Model Y most registered new vehicle
26th January 2024

Despite not topping the table at the end of October, the Tesla Model Y proved to be the most popular battery electric vehicle (BEV) in Europe, from January through to October 2023, and may continue... 


An image of a heat pump installed by Ecoclean
Heat pump saves manufacturer’s site 169 MWh/y
26th January 2024

According to a recent press release from firm specialising in developing, producing and marketing “forward-looking” machinery Ecoclean, premium car manufacturer BMW has replaced its electric water... 


New couplings perform under rigorous demands
26th January 2024

Engineering products and services provider BMG offers an extensive range of power transmission components that encompass robust products – from leading components manufacturer Regal Rexnord – that... 


A group of men and ladies standing on a stage with the Investing in African Mining Indaba logo on a wall behind them at the indaba last year
Event organisers anticipate sizable attendance
26th January 2024 By: Halima Frost

On the back of a record-breaking attendance at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in 2023, event organisers Hyve Group are anticipating more than 8 000 delegates from over 100 countries to... 


Metair appoints O’Flaherty as new CEO
26th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Automotive and energy group Metair has appointed Paul O’Flaherty its new CEO, starting from February 1. This follows Sjoerd Douwenga’s resignation at the end of last year. 


Fortescue partners with Michigan to set up Detroit battery plant
24th January 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Green energy, metals and technology company Fortescue Energy has partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to establish a battery plant in Detroit. MEDC announced this... 


Vehicle sales up 0.5% in 2023 – Naamsa
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales in the domestic market inched up by 0.5% in 2023 compared with 2022, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows jumps of 13.9% in 2022 and 22.2% in 2021. 


Appian Founder and CEO Michael W Scherb
Appian provides US Strategic Metals with $230m financing package
18th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Investment advisor Appian Capital Advisory has committed a $230-million financing package to US battery metals producer US Strategic Metals (USSM) for the development of USSM's cobalt/nickel mine... 


Mkango says first recycled rare earth magnets to be produced in the UK in 20 years
12th December 2023 By: Darren Parker

Aim-listed Mkango Resources has announced the first production of recycled rare earth magnets in the UK on commercial-scale magnet manufacturing equipment in more than 20 years. Production of... 


Amplats CEO Craig Miller
Amplats on track to deliver guidance for 2023 but cost cutting ahead
8th December 2023 By: Darren Parker

Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has reported that its metal-in-concentrate, refined production and costs are all expected to be within guidance for 2023,... 


NextSource Materials appoints automotive veteran to its board
8th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Battery metals development company NextSource Materials has appointed automotive industry veteran Martina Buchhauser to its board of directors. The company, which is developing the Molo graphite... 


An image depicting Henkel and Hudson Rubber signing the agreement at the recent NAACAM Show 2023.
Partnership enables local manufacture of vehicle sealing, acoustic solutions
8th December 2023

Chemicals and consumer goods company Henkel South Africa is partnering with Hammanskraal-based rubber and plastics manufacturer Hudson Rubber, in Gauteng, to locally fabricate Henkel’s vehicle... 


An image depicting the Vesconite hilube
Hilube needle-bearing kit welcomed by market
8th December 2023

Argentinian distributor for Vesconite, Vesconite Hilube and Vesconite Superlube low-friction bearing materials VesArg is proud to announce the acceptance of the Vesconite Hilube needle-bearing kit... 


Volkswagen, Egyptian govt to undertake feasibility study on shared painting facility
8th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen and the government of Egypt have signed an agreement to develop a feasibility study on a shared automotive painting facility in the East Port Said Automotive Zone (EPAZ) within the East... 


An image depicting Liqui Moly
Liqui Moly range offered for automotive industry
8th December 2023

Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s Liqui Moly range of oils, additives and care products includes a highly efficient sealant remover that ensures thorough cleaning of mechanical components and... 


Image of graphite ore
Vittangi battery anode project, Sweden – update
8th December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Talga has completed its share purchase plan for the development of its Vittangi project. 


Nornickel and Chinese partners seek place for palladium in energy transition
5th December 2023 By: Reuters

Russian metals giant Nornickel has teamed up with some of its Chinese clients to test new catalysts for the hydrogen industry as it seeks to find a place for palladium in the global green energy... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
South African auto sector to produce first EVs in 2026, says Patel at launch of key White Paper
4th December 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) on December 4 released the Electric Vehicles (EV) White Paper, as well as the Green Hydrogen Commercialisation Strategy final report.... 


$150m in Korea EximBank funding on the cards for Nolans
4th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Rare earths developer Arafura has announced a nonbinding letter of interest (LoI) from the Korea export-import bank (KEXIM) for the provision of up to $150-million in debt funding for the Nolans... 


An image of the EnduroMAX water-jet cutting machine in action
New machine aids component manufacture
1st December 2023 By: Trent Roebeck

Having accumulated more than 20 years of experience in the local manufacturing industry, specialised manufacturer and materials processing company MAXJET has commissioned the EnduroMAX – a... 


IDC forecasts uptick in semiconductor market in 2024
1st December 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has increased its semiconductor market revenue outlook amid an expected return to growth, as the US market is set to remain resilient from a demand... 


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