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Strong performance from Unki, Zimbabwe.
Anglo Platinum makes R131bn socioeconomic contribution, records best-ever safety year
20th February 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The contribution of platinum group metals (PGMs) company Anglo American Platinum to society in 2022 totalled R131-billion, made up mainly of taxes and royalties at R19-billion, salaries and wages... 

New ecofriendly blaster instrument introduced
17th February 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

High-quality corrosion instrumentation supplier BAMR introduced the ecofriendly Bristle Blaster Cordless instrument – a product of blasting solutions company MontiPower – to the local market in... 

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Lubricant oil range and reach extended
17th February 2023

Furthering its endeavour to innovate and redefine the automotive lubricants product segment, India-based manufacturer Assurance International Limited unveiled its new range of lubricant oils last... 

The Fuchs Lubricants warehouse in Durban
Substantial stock moved through largest branch
17th February 2023 By: Halima Frost

Lubricants manufacturer FUCHS Lubricants South Africa reports that almost 1 000 different products moved through its Durban, KwaZulu-Natal branch last year. The Durban branch, the largest in the... 

BMW SA adds new i7 to EV mix, says iX1 to follow later this year
17th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

The total battery electric vehicle (BEV) market in South Africa grew by 137% in 2022, says BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA). Just under 420 BEVs were sold in South Africa in the first 11 months of... 

New-vehicle sales up 4.8% in January, exports down 1.8% 
17th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales increased by 4.8% in January, to 43 509 units, compared with the same month last year. New-passenger-car sales gained 2.9%, to 31 072 units. 

Loadshedding hurting SA auto sector’s ability to compete globally
17th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

Data from a survey the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) conducted in January indicates that the recent months of prolonged loadshedding have resulted... 

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TPT engaging OEMs to address ageing equipment
17th February 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), a division of State-owned company Transnet, has started a process to engage with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to establish long-term partnerships. The... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Growing need for critical raw materials highlighted by US, EU policies – Glencore
15th February 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Recent government policies, such as the US's Inflation Reduction Act and the European Union’s proposed Green Deal Industrial Plan, demonstrate the growing need for critical raw materials through to... 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is intent on making India a global green hydrogen hub.
Green hydrogen moves by China, India boosting outlook for platinum group metals
14th February 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The firm embrace of the new green hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell future by China and India is a huge twin boost for Southern Africa’s great platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment, Mining Weekly... 

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Miner progresses Nevada project to meet ballooning demand
10th February 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Lithium projects company American Lithium is focused on enabling the shift to the new energy paradigm through the continued development of its strategically located Tonopah Lithium Claims (TLC)... 

Local interest in autonomous mobile robots is specifically focused on increasing productivity, employee safety and wellbeing, as well as on curtailing errors
AMR uptake an opportunity to upskill workers
10th February 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

While autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are becoming an integral part of future-oriented factories, job creation remains an important factor for a company considering AMR implementation at a facility... 

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Platinum demand expected to grow
10th February 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

With a global emphasis on renewable energy, platinum-group metals (PGMs) – particularly platinum – are expected to benefit from the growth of a new end-use segment, says global platinum market... 

Cobalt’s battery-powered boom has turned to bust
Cobalt’s battery-powered boom has turned to bust
9th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

A blistering rally in the cobalt market is turning into a rout, putting pressure on miners and offering tentative cost relief for carmakers after a surge in battery metal prices last year. Cobalt... 

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Fundamental change needed in how we think about mining investment ­– Eurasian CEO
6th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

With one Apple you can buy the world’s 50 largest mining companies, says Eurasian Resources Group CEO and Global Battery Alliance (GBA) co-chair Benedikt Sobotka. Speaking at the Investing in... 

Auto chip shortages to persist until 2031 but easing for advanced variants forecast as consumer electronics demand slows
3rd February 2023 By: Irma Venter

Fitch Solutions says the global shortage of semiconductors in the automotive industry will remain a risk for automakers over its 2023 to 2031 forecast period. “That said, we highlight that the... 

Automaker GM makes $650m investment to build Thacker Pass lithium mine
Automaker GM makes $650m investment to build Thacker Pass lithium mine
31st January 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

Automotive giant General Motors (GM) has made a $650-million investment in Lithium Americas, the developer for the Thacker Pass mining project in Nevada. This investment – said to be the... 

Thos Begbie is expanding its business strategy to gain a major advantage over the local market, as demand for copper processing snowballs
Firm secures ‘preferred’ status
31st January 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has been named a preferred supplier of Europe’s largest copper producer Aurubis, which also claims to be the world’s largest copper recycler. Thos... 

Lynas production recovers in Dec quarter
30th January 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Rare earths miner Lynas has seen both production and sales revenue recover in the three months to December, as water supply disruptions which plagued the company in the first quarter of the 2023... 

Britishvolt’s founder says UK battery sector is ‘doomed’ unless government steps up
27th January 2023 By: Bloomberg

The UK’s battery manufacturing industry is doomed unless the government ramps up support for the sector, according to the founder of failed battery startup Britshvolt Ltd. Formerly the UK’s main... 

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Company well positioned to supply auto industry
27th January 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Since the implementation of certification, approval and other government requirements for manufacturing localisation – where possible – bolts and nuts manufacturer Impala Bolt and Nut is well... 

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Investment firm foresees positive outlook for sector
27th January 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Investment firm Agile Capital foresees opportunities for growth in the local automotive original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) supply chain with a localisation target of 60% by 2035, which is in... 

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AAAM to unlock Africa’s economic potential – CEO
27th January 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers’ (AAAM’s) objective is to expand and deepen the automotive industry across Africa by working with African governments. This will be achieved by... 

Accreditation pivots automotive SMMEs’ progress
27th January 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Despite small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) being a big driver of employment and economic growth in South Africa, many of these businesses face several challenges during the startup... 

Mobility solutions highlighted at global event
27th January 2023

Global technical equipment, drive and braking systems manufacturer Voith presented its solutions for the mobility shift in commercial vehicles at the IAA Transportation Expo held in Hannover,... 

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Firm seeks to shore up mining supply chains
27th January 2023 By: Nadine James

Global supply chains were among the many critical systems that needed to be re-examined following the emergence of Covid-19. These supply chains have yet to recover fully and, with disruption... 

2022 new-vehicle sales up 13.9%, as exports accelerate by 17.9%
27th January 2023 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales in the domestic market increased by 13.9% in 2022, compared with 2021, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows a 22.2% jump in 2021, compared with 2020. 

Improving SA roads, a continued goal in 2023 – AA
27th January 2023

Roadside assistance company Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) CEO Willem Groenewald says discussions with colleagues from global automotive clubs on the issues they currently face... 

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Energy Transition Report: South Africa Progressing its Just Energy Transition
24th January 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

International Energy Agency executive director Dr Fatih Birol has said that the world is facing its “first truly global energy crisis”. However, he argues that faster clean energy transitions could... 

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Automotive sector bolsters aluminium demand
20th January 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

There has been significant demand from the automotive sector for aluminium owing to the need for lightweight material in internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicles. The use of aluminium... 

The allocation of new renewable electricity capacity to support South Africa’s green hydrogen production goals will need to be included in the updated Integrated Resource Plan or as part of an associated energy plan for green hydrogen
S Africa must apply lessons from auto industry to green hydrogen sector – Patel
20th January 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Lessons from South Africa’s extensive experience in the automotive industry need to be applied as the country focuses on building a green hydrogen sector, which could potentially produce... 

While much work lies ahead, there is also tremendous opportunity to build a new energy sector through South Africa’s just energy transition with the promise of new technology, new skills and much-needed jobs
Challenging transition lies ahead
20th January 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

South Africa’s just energy transition (JET) to a low-carbon economy will not transpire overnight and will remain a challenge throughout the 2023 financial year, professional services firm EY... 

VWSA weighs African expansion with new Polo-based product – and yes, it may include a half-ton bakkie
20th January 2023 By: Irma Venter

The new CEO of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) is a familiar face. Martina Biene returns to South Africa following a two-year stint as the head of the Volkswagen passenger brand before her... 

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Mercedes-Benz to make second hybrid in SA, but competitiveness concerns mount
20th January 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will add a second plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to the production line-up at its East London plant this year, says CEO Andreas Brand. The 50-year-old... 

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Regressive step
20th January 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The African National Congress’ resolution to relocate the country’s large State-owned enterprises (SOEs) under their line departments is a regressive step for governance and bad news for... 

Transparency-boosting Battery Passport proof-of-concept launched at Davos
18th January 2023 By: Donna Slater

Multistakeholder organisation the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) launched a proof-of-concept for its Battery Passport at the World Economic Forum’s yearly meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on January... 

Vulcan strikes decarbonising deal with Stellantis
17th January 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Dual listed Vulcan Energy has struck a phased project agreement with vehicle manufacturer Stellantis to support the decarbonisation of the Rüsselsheim manufacturing site in the Upper Rhine Valley,... 

Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman
US energy dept offers ioneer up to $700m loan for Rhyolite Ridge project
13th January 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Precious and battery metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater reports that a subsidiary of ASX-listed ioneer – its proposed joint venture partner at the Rhyolite Ridge lithium/boron project in Nevada, in... 

European Lithium signs MoU for Saudi Arabia plant
13th January 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed European Lithium has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabian major Obeikan Investment Group to build and operate a hydroxide plant in Saudi Arabia for... 

Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.
Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage
11th January 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob... 

UK fund manager invests further $4m in Pensana
21st December 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

UK fund manager M&G Investment Management will invest a further $4-million in Pensana, which is focused on establishing a sustainable magnet metal supply chain. Pensana will issue 7.25-million new... 

loneer a step closer to Rhyolite Ridge construction
21st December 2022 By: Donna Slater

Emerging lithium-boron supplier Ioneer reports that its Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project in Esmeralda County, Nevada, has advanced into the final stage of federal permitting with the decision... 

European Lithium strikes offtake with BMW
21st December 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed European Lithium has signed an offtake agreement with automotive manufacturer BMW for the supply of battery-grade lithium hydroxide from its Wolfsburg lithium project, in Austria. Under... 

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