Activated carbon: TekModo Industries announces first shipment

Roskill view: Activated carbon markets doubled worldwide between 2007 and 2015. Pelletised grades can be thermally reactivated and re-used. Leading markets lie in solvent recovery, automotive emission control, wastewater purification, gas adsorption and electronic corrosion protection.  TekModo has the exclusive right, within Canada and the USA, to distribute bituminous coal-based… Read more

Alumina: ANTAM and INALUM developing JV smelter alumina refinery

Roskill view: Indonesian state-owned miner, PT ANTAM, is progressing its Smelter Grade Alumina Refinery (SGAR) joint venture (JV) project with state-owned aluminium producer PT INALUM. The companies signed a JV agreement in April 2016, forming the jointly-owned PT INALUM ANTAM Alumina to develop the refinery.  Smelter alumina capacity is anticipated… Read more

Vanadium: BMR Group suggests possible vanadium recovery in Zambia

Roskill view: BMR is focused on the recovery of lead and zinc from the tailings deposits of the Kabwe mine in Zambia. This week, the company announced the potential recovery of vanadium and production of vanadium pentoxide from its tailings at Kabwe. Metallurgical test work has shown that no modifications… Read more

Tungsten: Chinese majors return to profit in 2016

Roskill view: The preliminary results from China Tungsten and Hightech Materials (CTHM) and Xiamen Tungsten indicate that the market is heading towards recovery, after both companies posted profits for 2016 versus losses in 2015. CTHM said it expected a modest net profit of RMB 11-17M for 2016 (US$1.6-2.5M), compared to… Read more

Tantalum: Serious fire at AMG Brazil

Roskill view: News has emerged of a serious fire on January 18th at AMG Brazil’s MIBRA operation, near São João del Rei, Minas Gerais. MIBRA is a producer of tantalum concentrates, feldspar and tin. An associated chemical plant produces tantalum and niobium oxides. MIBRA is expected to also produce lithium… Read more

Bauxite: Rio Tinto advances Amrun project

Roskill view: In its latest operating results, Rio Tinto announced that its Australian Amrun bauxite project, located on the Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, is progressing to the engineering and construction schedule. The group aims to commence production in 2019 and once operational, output is planned to be staggered, eventually reaching… Read more

Manganese: Ferromanganese production begins in Malaysia

Roskill view: OM Holdings (OMH) has started production of high-carbon ferromanganese in Malaysia, having successfully commissioned a second manganese alloys furnace at its Sarawak plant. The news follows commencement of silicomanganese production in December 2016. OMH has an 80% stake in OM Sarawak. Over the past decade, Malaysia has gone… Read more

Cobalt: China Moly to assist with BHR’s Tenke acquisition

Roskill view: China Moly (CMOC) has reportedly signed an agreement with Chinese private equity firm BHR to support the latter’s purchase of Lundin Mining’s 24% stake in the Tenke copper and cobalt mine. CMOC acquired a 56% stake in the operation from Freeport McMoRan last year and is now the… Read more