Tungsten: Market faces end of hard times

Roskill recently contributed the ‘Tungsten: Market faces end of hard times’ article to Mining Journal. Click below to get the latest on tungsten supply, demand and price fundamentals. Click here to read the feature The Roskill Tungsten: Global Industry, Markets & Outlook report will be released in December 2016, click here to… Read more

Salt: Tata Group management in brutal fight for control

Roskill view: There have been some tense moments at Tata Group this week following the removal of Cyrus Mistry as chair. The Indian conglomerate, which enjoys annual sales of more than £100Bn, has been shaken by a sudden move by Ratan Tata, the 78-year-old former chair, to regain control. Tata… Read more

Lithium: Galaxy starts concentrate production at Mt Cattlin

Roskill view: Galaxy Resources has begun production of lithium concentrate at its newly recommissioned Mt Cattlin facility in Ravensthorpe, Western Australia. Initial shipments from the site are expected in December. At full capacity the mine is expected to process 1.6Mtpy of ore and output 160,000-240,000tpy lithium (spodumene) concentrate, depending on… Read more

Nickel: Once again, prices have overshot themselves

Roskill view: Last week, we reported on the effects of the US election pushing up prices of base metals, and briefly reached a high of US$11,770/t. Nickel prices, over the last years, have tended to respond quickly to changes, in part owing to nickel’s status as a potential target for… Read more

Tin: Running out of steam

Roskill view: It has, thus far, been a good year for investors in the tin industry. From a low of US$13,225/t in January this year, prices reached a peak of US$21,700/t earlier this month, representing a staggering 64% increase. Concerns over faltering supply in Myanmar, with strong suspicions that the… Read more

Nickel: The Trump factor

Roskill view: Base metals have generally reacted positively to news of the outcome of the US election. Statements by Donald Trump on planned investment in infrastructure – not to mention the border wall – have fueled hopes of strong US demand for nickel, copper and aluminium. Nickel prices reached US$11,770/t… Read more

Cobalt: Gécamines considers Tenkeconsortium

Roskill view: Gécamines has several partners ready to form a consortium with it to discuss the voluntary exit of Freeport from its position within Tenke Fungurume Mining according to Metal Bulletin. The deadline for Lundin to decide whether to buy Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s indirect stake in the holding company for Tenke… Read more

Chromium: Samancor restarts former IFM ferrochrome plant

Roskill view: IFM, an integrated chrome ore and ferrochrome producer, entered business rescue proceedings in H2 2015. Its production had been idle for some months. In May 2016, it was reported that regulators in South Africa had given permission for Samancor Chrome to acquire the company. IFM’s smelter consists of… Read more