Graphite: Syrah produces first purified spherical graphite

Syrah Resources announced first production of purified spherical graphite last week from its Vidalia battery anode materials (BAM) plant in Louisiana, USA. Production is based on graphite concentrate mined by the Australian company from its Balama operation in Mozambique. The announcement follows the report of its first unprocessed spherical graphite… Read more

Chromium: Jubilee picks up full economic rights to existing Hernic tailings

Jubilee Metals has entered into an agreement with NewCo (the joint venture vehicle of Samancor and Sinosteel, and new owner of Hernic) to secure all the platinum group element earnings from the existing historical tailings of the Inyoni operations (previously known as the Hernic mine). Under a further agreement, the… Read more

Rare Earths: Permanent magnet motors for electric ships in China

In September 2019, two electric ships equipped with permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs) were launched in Miyun reservoir, an inshore lake close to Beijing. As the reservoir is one of the main drinking water sources of Beijing, government clean water targets require that ships are equipped with electric motors to… Read more

Salt: K+S continues to progress its Ashburton solar project

K+S continues to move forward with its Ashburton solar salt project located 40km south west of Onslow in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The solar salt project is in the early stages of development, but eventual capacity could be as high as 4.5Mtpy. K+S has completed a feasibility study… Read more

Vanadium: Bushveld completes Vanchem acquisition for US$53.5M

Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Bushveld Vanchem Proprietary, Bushveld Minerals has acquired the Vanchem plant in South Africa from Vanchem Vanadium Products, a subsidiary of Duferco Vanadium Investment Holding. Roskill View This is a positive step for Bushveld as it advances towards its publicly stated aim to have a 10ktpy… Read more

Refractories: US-China uncertainty overshadows refractory supply chains at UNITECR 2019

Despite a devastating typhoon, 859 participants from 41 countries gathered this month at UNITECR (the Unified International Technical Conference of Refractories) in Yokohama, Japan – a biennial international conference to discuss current trends in the refractories industry. Delegates discussed how strengthening Chinese environmental regulations, rising Chinese production costs, and high… Read more

Salt: World’s largest solar salt operation planned for 2020

Hub-Pak of Pakistan plans to develop the largest seawater solar salt operation in the world under a private public partnership with the domestic government. Details of capacity have not been reported but the operation is expected to be around double the size of the current largest (ESSA of Mexico, 8Mtpy)… Read more

Tin: Seligdar’s output rises 72% in Q1–Q3 2019

Russian gold and tin conglomerate Seligdar reports that production of tin concentrates rose by 72% year-on-year for the first nine months of 2019, reaching 1,611t Sn, while revenues rose 88% to RUB 1.65Bn (US$25.9M) – indicating an average sales price of nearly US$16,050/t. Roskill View Current mine production comes from… Read more

Copper: The industry finds more questions than answers at LME Week 2019

Late October saw the traditional gathering of the copper industry for LME week. Producers, consumers and traders from all parts of the value chain met to begin preliminary annual contract negotiations for 2020, to assess the current state of the market, and to consider its prospects for next year. Compared… Read more