The early stages of the COVID-19 crisis saw a rising dollar as investors withdrew money from emerging markets and moved it to a “safe haven”. This initial rise against the major traded currencies has now largely unwound. From its high point in March, the value of the US dollar has… Read more
Global crude steel production showed a 7% y-o-y decline in June with the de-synchronisation between China and the rest of the world widening. In June, Chinese crude steel production rose 4.5% y-o-y while the world ex-China posted a 21% y-o-y drop. For the first half of 2020, respective changes were… Read more
Since 2019, China, Japan and South Korea have started to speed up the electrification of water transportation in an on-going effort to improve their transport systems and reduce dependency on fossil fuel vehicles. In 2020, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the electrification of vessels has not shown any… Read more
Senior Analyst Jose Lazuen tackles some of the key questions facing the EV market from Proactive London’s Andrew Scott: What impact is the Covid-19 pandemic expected to have on the EV industry this year? Why has the Tesla share price skyrocketed recently? Roskill recently published a paper on LFP Cathode… Watch now
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
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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