Disruptions in China caused by measures taken to contain the Coronavirus outbreak have begun to affect the bauxite and fused alumina markets, with consumers in Europe and other regions reporting short-term shortages. Measures include the closure of mines (during an extension to the New Year holiday) and disruptions to shipping… Read more
Based on World Steel Association (WSA) preliminary numbers and Roskill’s model, global crude steel production totalled 1,871Mt in 2019, a 3% increase year-on-year. This increase, however, hides a large discrepancy between China and the rest of the world. During the period under review, China’s crude steel production grew by 7.3%… Read more
Platinum group metal (PGM) producers, traders and consumers gathered at Investec’s annual PGM dialogue at the Cape Town Mining Indaba to discuss the accelerated price rises in palladium and rhodium and the sustainability of the industry over the 2020s. The PGM group then joined Roskill at its third On the… Read more
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
Roskill’s Kerry Satterthwaite discusses the outlook for salt through to 2028. She says world production is expected to reach a new record of over 330Mt in 2019, beating the previous peak of around 325Mt in 2018 when output was driven by high consumption in the de-icing market following a cold… 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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