Spherical graphite prices have fallen to a two year low, with prices for fob China material (99.95% C, 15 microns) hitting US$2,200-2,350/t in the first week of July, according to Fastmarkets IM. At the same time, Chinese export volumes of spherical graphite fell by 38% in May, following a recovery… Read more
In late-June, Sigma Lithium announced the signing of US$45M financing for its Grota do Cirilo project in Minas Gerais, Brazil. This marked a second green funding success in as many weeks for the lithium sector (following on from Livent’s US$225M green debt facility). Sigma’s financing package includes environmental and social covenants… Read more
Outokumpu has initiated an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for plans to expand the Kemi mine in Finland. Though no decision has been made, planned changes to operations include: expansion of the mining concession area and mine within the limitations of the current allowed area; increases in the volumes of ore… Read more
February saw delegates join Roskill’s lithium team once again in sunny Perth for an engaging two days of conference. A host of speakers discussed topics from across the lithium supply chain; from the tenacity of new miners, the progress of project developers, along with a host of technical papers on… Watch now
China accounts for around 77% of global rare earth production. Production at operations outside of China is limited to a small number of locations although there are multiple projects under development in Australia, Canada, the USA and Africa. David gives a brief overview of some of the key questions facing… Watch now
Roskill Copper and Technology metals manager Jessica Roberts gives the low down on the tungsten supply side and explains what tungsten demand looks like in the near term. Tungsten prices have recovered slightly over the last few weeks – but what does this mean for future investors? Further updates to… Watch now
Rapid developments in the lithium industry have continued into 2018, as lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technologies consumed in a range of end-uses drive demand growth and new operations provide additional raw material supplies.
Nickel use in batteries presently accounts for no more than 3–4% of total nickel demand. Demand for battery-grade nickel is, however, expected to boom over the coming decade as the result of the use of nickel in lithium-ion cathode materials used in electric vehicles (EVs).
China has for several decades been the world’s largest mine and refined producer of tungsten, accounting for just over 80% of mine output in 2019, according to Roskill analysis, or some 61kt of contained tungsten metal. It is similarly dominant in the production of the tungsten intermediates ammonium paratungstate (APT)… Read more
Silicon metal and ferrosilicon are very similar with regard to production process and the geography of world output, but are very different in terms of their applications. Silicon metal is used in the manufacture of aluminium alloys, silicones, semiconductors and, increasingly, in photovoltaic solar applications.
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