Batteries, lithium: Australia to prioritise critical minerals under new federal project funding

The Australian Federal Government has launched a new round of Cooperative Research Centre project funding (CRC-P) targeting “critical minerals”, taking advantage of surging global demand for lithium-ion batteries and other technologies used in electric cars and home energy storage. The priority funding will help strengthen the link between industries related… Read more

Antimony: Flame retardant restrictions under consideration in Alaska

The municipality of Anchorage, in the US state of Alaska, is considering a ban on flame retardants, including antimony, in consumer products. Bodies including the Anchorage Fire and Health Department and local campaign groups want to see the substances restricted over concerns that they pose an unacceptable risk to public… Read more

Rare Earths: Audi opting for induction motor technology in its e-tron EV

Audi has opted to incorporate an induction (asynchronous) motor in its Audi e-tron drivetrain, choosing to reduce exposure to rare earth permanent magnets. The Audi e-tron is expected to boast a 400km driving range and joins the performance/luxury EV range at a retail price of over £70k (US$90k). Roskill view:… Read more

Lithium: Nemaska Lithium seeks further financing to complete funding of Whabouchi and Shawinigan

Nemaska Lithium has announced an update on the Whabouchi lithium mine and the Shawinigan lithium processing facility, stating that a further C$375M (US$283.4M) would be required to fully-fund construction, commissioning, working capital and reserve funds. The additional funds would be needed on-top of an existing C$1.1Bn (US$831.4M) finance package announced… Read more

Nickel, copper, cobalt: Panoramic Resources ships first concentrate from Poseidon since re-start

Australian company Panoramic Resources has made the first shipment of concentrate from its recently-re-started Savannah mine. The company’s shipment of 7,735WMT of nickel/copper/cobalt concentrate is bound for the Chinese port of Lianyungang. Panoramic Resources decided to re-start Savannah in July 2018 following a successful rights issue earlier in the year… Read more

Salt: Nouryon increases use of bio-steam, reduces CO2 emissions

Nouryon will increase the use of bio-steam at its salt production at Hengelo in the Netherlands in 2019, making production more sustainable and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The bio-steam, produced by waste-processing company Twence, will allow Nouryon to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50,000tpy. Nouryon uses steam from Twence… Read more

Graphite: Widespread progress for flake graphite projects

A number of natural flake graphite projects have moved closer to production in recent months, buoyed by higher prices through 2018. During Q4 2018 and early 2019, at least three projects have completed feasibility studies and another updated its existing feasibility study. Several others have completed prefeasibility studies, scoping studies,… Read more

Batteries: Southern Africa will remain critical to battery material supply chains

During the 121 Mining Investment event in Cape Town last week, David Merriman, manager of Roskill’s Battery and Electric Vehicle division, discussed the importance of African sourced battery materials. Southern Africa holds resources of all the major battery materials used in lithium-ion technologies, including nickel, lithium and copper, though the… Read more

Copper: Chinese copper fabricating giant Zhejiang Hailiang enters the European market with acquisition of KME’s brass rods and copper tubes divisions

The Chinese copper fabricator Zhejiang Hailiang has entered into an agreement with KME to acquire the latter’s European brass rods and copper tubes operations, including copper tube plants in Germany and Spain and brass rod plants in Germany and Italy. Zhejiang Hailiang has also made a binding offer to acquire… Read more