Cobalt: Changing supply and sustainability main topics of discussion at CI Conference

The cobalt industry met in Hong Kong last week for the Cobalt Institute’s Annual Conference. Key issues for discussion were sustainability and new sources of supply. Roskill’s Oliver Heathman presented on cobalt production costs and the factors driving the viability of new supply, outlining key findings from the soon-to-be-released ‘Greenfield Battery… Read more

Chromium: A North American ferrochrome smelter by 2028?

The four cities of Timmins, Sudbury, Sault St. Marie and Thunder Bay submitted bids in February 2018 to become the host of Noront Resources’ planned Canadian ferrochrome smelter. Environmental and site suitability, capital costs, operating costs and an assessment of community acceptance for hosting the facility were some of the… Read more

Bauxite & alumina: Norsk Hydro gets go-ahead for Alunorte

Norsk Hydro has secured the approvals needed to resume full production from Alunorte, its large alumina refinery in Brazil, ending a long-running legal dispute. The Norwegian company had been running Alunorte at half its 6.3Mtpy capacity for more than a year amid fears that a containment pond for waste material… Read more

Titanium: ITA Europe conference points to continued strong demand

Speakers at the International Titanium Association’s European conference, held 13-15th May in Vienna, reiterated the positive outlook for titanium driven principally by demand from the aerospace sector. Thierry Viguier of engine-maker Safran noted that between 2016 and 2018 the company had achieved production rates for its LEAP engine that took… Read more

Chromium: “Land-linked” Zimbabwe hosts the 35th ICDA conference

The International Chromium Development Association (ICDA) held its 35th anniversary conference at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe in early May. As a first for the ICDA, the host country’s head of state, His Excellency Comrade E. D. Mnangagwa, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, delivered the keynote presentation for the conference.… Read more

Tin: Aus Tin Mining announces final regulatory approval for Taronga

On 13 May, Aus Tin Mining announced that the company has now received the final regulatory approval for its Taronga Stage 1 mining operations plan from the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment. The company is now interested in implementing its development plan before June 2019. The recently… Read more

Rare Earths: Tesla extends EV range using permanent magnets

Tesla has opted to install a permanent magnet motor in its 2019 Model S and Model X electric vehicles (EVs), as the company had already done for its Model 3. The switch from induction motor to permanent magnet motor increases the motor efficiency by 4%, which allows for an improved… Read more

Manganese: Q1 production results and rising demand

Vale of Brazil has reported Q1 2019 manganese ore output of 365kt, 26% lower than production in Q4 2018. The decline was said to be a result of ‘usual weather-related seasonality at Mina do Azul, as well as lower productivity at Urucum’. Sales of manganese ore totalled 252kt in Q1,… Read more