China’s new high-strength rebar standard is designed to limit the use of inferior steels in construction. The standard eliminates low strength Grade 2 rebar and sets out specifications for three different high strength standards: Grade 3 (400MPa), Grade 4 (500MPa), and Grade 5 (600MPa). These will require 0.03% V, 0.06%… Read more
Westwater Resources is looking to acquire the potential US graphite producer Alabama Graphite with a decision expected to be made by Q2 this year. Headquartered in Canada, Alabama Graphite is developing the Coosa flake graphite project in the state of Alabama, on which, it completed a preliminary economic assessment (PEA)… Read more
According to the latest figures released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), China’s total auto sales increased by 11.5% to 2.81M vehicles in January 2018, up from 2.52M vehicles in the same month last year. Due to the phasing out of purchase tax reductions for vehicles with engines… Read more
The nickel market has gone through a volatile, unsteady period in recent years. After the rapid increase in output of nickel pig iron in China from the mid-2000s, restrictions on the export of nickel ores and concentrates from Indonesia and environmental action in Indonesia constrained the availability of feedstock to… Read more
“Growth in Li-ion battery demand will require fundamental changes to battery raw material industries.” Report includes: Analysis report with forecasts to 2027 Access to the report online through Roskill Interactive for up to 5 users Further background data available on request Hard copy of the report on request Access to… 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.
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.
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