Silicon & ferrosilicon: New silicon metal anti-dumping case launched in USA

On 30 June 2020, an anti-dumping petition was filed in the USA against silicon metal imports from Bosnia, Iceland, Malaysia and Kazakhstan. The petition was jointly lodged by Globe Specialty Metals (a subsidiary of Ferroglobe, the largest silicon metal producer outside China) and Mississippi Silicon (owned by the Brazilian silicon… Read more

Tantalum, niobium: DRC’s SMB reports deadly attack at its coltan mine

Three people were reported to have been killed and another three injured during an attack at Société Minière de Bisunzu’s (SMB) coltan mine in late June amid escalating violence in the area. The operation has seen a recent increase in violence between mineworkers and police hired by SMB to prevent… Read more

Cobalt: Changes to DRC ASM production edge closer

In late-June, the DRC Mines Ministry announced that the DRC will begin state-controlled buying of artisanal cobalt in about two months’ time, having been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Roskill View In January, news broke that a new DRC state-owned company was being set up to buy and market all… Read more

Aerospace: Key takeaways from Roskill’s webinar panel

On 30 June, Roskill held its webinar on the “Impact of COVID-19 on the Aerospace Sector and Implications for Minor Metals”, which provided plenty of food for thought and insights from panel members Neal Brewster and Adam Coggins, plus special panel guest Simon Boon, chair of the Minor Metals Trade… Read more

Niobium and tantalum: Silmet, Energy Fuels await public consultation deadline

Note: This article corrects an earlier version published by Roskill that contained an error on Silmet’s licence status and volume, clarifies terminology around NORM vs. radioactive residues and a potential reader inference that Silmet is not producing niobium and tantalum when it in fact continues to do so.      A… Read more

Batteries: The true drivers behind LFP demand – new safety standards, costs, IP rights, ESG & simplified battery pack designs

With the advent of electric vehicles (EVs), a whole new supply chain is being developed to underpin the materials requirements of new battery ‘gigafactories’. However, as automakers scale up EV production, cost challenges become more problematic, especially in certain geographies with lower purchasing power. To solve this, a previously side-lined… Read more

Graphite: Australia’s EcoGraf signs graphite battery material supply and sales deals with Thyssenkrupp

Australian graphite explorer EcoGraf reported in June that it had signed an agreement to supply graphite products used in making batteries to a unit of German industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp. EcoGraf said Thyssenkrupp Materials Trading would buy purified spherical graphite battery anode material, used in lithium ion batteries, from its Kwinana… Read more