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Sibanye announces senior management changes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2021 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has made further changes to its organisational structure, which it says is designed to enhance delivery and strategic focus. Robert van Niekerk, previously executive VP: Group Technical, has been appointed chief technology officer, effective from December... 

Hamburg plans green hydrogen plant with Shell, Mitsubishi, Vattenfall

By: Reuters     22nd January 2021 Hamburg is planning to generate green hydrogen, which is produced from renewable power, at a plant it will develop with energy firms Shell, Mitsubishi and Vattenfall, the city state said on Friday. Hamburg's municipal heating company has signed a letter of intent with the three companies to... 

Local sourcing vital in UK, considering expected 70% jump in EV sales

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2021 Research agency Fitch Solutions foresees a good year for electric vehicle (EV) development and a key component thereof, lithium. It says critical raw material (CRM) developments in the UK, the US and the European Union (EU) bode well for those regions’ battery supply chains and reducing their... 

Chrome market could change with new export tax regime, dissuading Chinese offtake 

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2021 A “delicate” balancing act between chrome ore mining and stainless steel production may be under threat as South Africa changes its export tax regime to boost the commodity’s “welfare benefits” and to favour local chrome buyers instead of foreign buyers, Simon le Roux, a student at Rhodes... 

Platinum group metals playing role in Switzerland’s green hydrogen roll-out  

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs), which South Africa hosts in greater abundance than any other country on earth, are playing important catalytic roles in Switzerland’s green hydrogen and green truck rollout, which is now under way. Mining Weekly can today report that proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Platinum group metals take another step closer to use in battery electric vehicles 

By: Donna Slater     19th January 2021 TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) and its subsidiary Lion Battery Technologies reports that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a second patent to Florida International University (FIU) related to the use of platinum group metals (PGMs) in lithium batteries. Lion is a... 

Want a fuel cell, you need platinum – analysts 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2021 If you want a fuel cell, you need platinum, is one of the multiplicity of points Bernstein investment company makes in a major work just released, which shows growing and ongoing demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) and provides ample reason why metals and mining matter more than ever. In the... 

How new ‘super’ sensors could make mining safer

18th January 2021 Spider-Man may have spidey-senses, but they are no match for Dr Toan Dinh’s ‘super’ sensors. Like Peter Parker’s superhero ability to sense imminent danger, Dr Dinh’s sensors are designed to help prevent injury and death on mining sites by detecting early mechanical issues in oil and gas... 

FLSmidth in talks to buy Thyssenkrupp's mining unit

By: Reuters     15th January 2021 FLSmidth is in negotiations with German engineering group Thyssenkrupp to acquire its mining business, the Danish mining equipment maker said on Friday. The negotiations are at a non-binding stage, FLSmidth said, and there can be no assurance as to their result. 

Coal price expected to average $100/t as China turns to South Africa for coal 

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2021 China is buying South African coal at a time when analysts are forecasting a buoyant average coal price of $100/t for the first half (H1) of 2021. The purchase of South African coal by China follows Chinese relations with Australia deteriorating last year and imports of coal from Australia being... 

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