Roskill view: Horizonte Minerals has announced that the limonite measured and indicated resources at its Araguaia Nickel Project in Brazil are estimated to contain 233,200t of nickel and 25,580t of cobalt. These resources do not form part of the mine schedule, nor the financial model for the rotary kiln electric… Read more
Hastings Technology Metals (Hastings) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an offtake agreement with Chinese based rare earth processor Qiandong Rare Earth Group (QREG) on the 13th September, the third offtake agreement MoU signed by Hastings since August 2017. The MoU signed with QREG amounts to the supply of… Read more
Roskill view: One of the main growth drivers of titanium metal demand is civilian aerospace, which is forecast to grow by an average of 5% CAGR over the next 10 years. Year-on-year, growth passenger travel for the last five years has averaged 6.2%py according to Boeing’s market outlook. Lower air… Read more
Lithium supply is ramping up to meet the explosive growth forecast by Roskill for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. In 2016, the market for Li-ion batteries was 87GWh, a ten-fold increase on a decade earlier, based on considerable growth in portable consumer electronics.
Silicon and ferrosilicon are manufactured using broadly the same process and are physically similar, but are very divergent in terms of their applications. Silicon metal is used in the manufacture of aluminium alloys, silicones and polysilicon, whereas at least 90% of ferrosilicon is used in the production of iron and steel.
Cobalt is mostly mined as a by-product of copper or nickel with the copper-cobalt sulphide deposits of the Central African Copper belt being the principal source. The DRC dominates global mine production and accounted for roughly 60% of global supply in 2015.
In a tumultuous year for tin, after reaching a seven-year low in the beginning of 2016, prices rebounded sharply, gaining as much as 58% to December, and have continued to trade at prices well above US$19,000/t.
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