Tantalum: Blockchain – here to solve tantalum’s conflict problem?

How to improve the problems of African tantalum supply were, as ever, among the main themes of the 2018 TIC Conference, with new blockchain technology taking centre stage among possible solutions. Taking place in Kigali, Rwanda on the 15-16th October, the conference’s focus was drawn to talk of mining in… Read more

Tantalum: MLCC’s 500 billion deficit is good news for tantalum capacitors

Roskill attended the TIC tantalum conference in Kigali, Rwanda on 15-16th October where Per Loof of KEMET Electronics started proceedings with a positive message from the capacitor industry. He estimates current shortages in the MLCC capacitor market to be as high as 500Bn units and believes that tantalum capacitors could… Read more

Titanium: Boeing, Airbus & Safran positive on aerospace outlook

The mood was jubilant last week as industry participants gathered in Las Vegas for the International Titanium Association (ITA) Titanium USA conference, held 7-10 October at the Bellagio resort. Both aerospace and industrial markets have performed strongly in 2017 and 2018, and indicators for the decade ahead suggest that strong… Read more

Copper: LME Week in Review

Last week the world copper industry gathered in London to debate the state of the market and to begin annual contract negotiations for 2019. Roskill’s Associate Analyst on Copper, Jonathan Barnes presented on “Electric Vehicles – The Positive Future for Copper Demand?” as just one of the many presentations that… Read more

Tungsten: Drakelands operator Wolf Minerals goes into administration

Tungsten miner Wolf Minerals ceased trading shares on the AIM and appointed administrators on 10 October, after it failed to conclude discussions with its key financial stakeholders on securing longer term funding solutions for the company’s operations.  Wolf noted that it was no longer able to meet its short-term working… Read more

Lithium-sulphur batteries: Potential use in aircraft electrification

In early October, UK-based OXIS Energy announced that its lithium-sulphur (Li-S) cells had achieved 425Wh/kg using a high energy 16Ah pouch cell design for HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo Satellite) applications. It expects to reach 450Wh/kg by the end of 2018 and 500Wh/kg by the end of 2019 with the help… Read more

Rare earths: Malaysian Government urged to undertake ‘fair, objective and transparent’ review of Lynas Corporation licence at Kuantan rare earth facility

Lynas Corporation published a press release in early October calling for a fair, objective and transparent review at the Lynas Advance Materials Plant (LAMP) in Kuantan, Malaysia, after the Government formed a committee to assess the facilities operating licence. The committee is headed by Fuziah Salleh, the member of Malaysian… Read more

Fluorspar: Roskill finds industry buoyant at IM Fluorspar conference 2018

IM Fluorspar 2018 conference in South Africa saw insightful discussion on the new imbalance between supply and demand and possible future directions for the fluorspar and F-chain industry in South Africa, China and the Rest of World (ROW). Fluorspar spot prices climbed to six-year highs in 2018. This was a… Read more

Tungsten: IFG Capital and SUN Group sign agreement for US$300M Uzbek mine hub

IFG Metals & Mining, a division of investment company IFG Capital Partners SA, has signed an agreement along with co-investor SUN Group, a private equity fund manager, for exclusive rights to undertake feasibility studies on seven tungsten deposits in Uzbekistan.  The agreement, signed with the State Committee of the Republic… Read more