Graphite: Imerys acquires Nippon Power Graphite

Roskill view: The international minerals processor Imerys announced the acquisition of Japan’s Nippon Power Graphite (NPG) last week, in a move that expands its business into lithium-ion battery anode material manufacture and gives it ownership of NPG’s patented chemical vapour deposition (CVD) coating process. Imerys is a major producer of… Read more

Bauxite: Arconic sells majority stake in Alcoa

Roskill view: Arconic has sold two-thirds of its stake in aluminium major Alcoa for US$0.89Bn. The deal comes approximately three months after the companies officially separated into two independent, publically-traded companies. In November 2016, Alcoa took charge of upstream operations formed of the Bauxite, Alumina, Aluminium Casting and Energy Business.… Read more

Tungsten: India’s NMDC rumoured to be eyeing stake in Nui Phao mine

Roskill view: A potential stake in Vietnam’s Nui Phao polymetallic tungsten mine by India’s state-owned mining group NMDC Ltd would provide India with its first captive access to tungsten concentrate for several decades since the closure of the Degana and Chendapathar mines. Domestic tungsten requirements are imported with tungsten metal,… Read more

Lithium: Posco begins lithium carbonate production in Korea

Roskill view: Korean steel-maker Posco started commercial production of lithium carbonate in Gwangyang last week, with a 2,500tpy capacity plant aiming to supply domestic battery material manufacturers, including Posco’s subsidiary Posco ESM. PosLX, as the plant is known, uses a proprietary extraction technology developed by Posco. Feedstock for PosLX is… Read more

Bauxite: Metro Mining completes Gulf Alumina purchase

Roskill view: Metro Mining (Metro) of Australia has officially completed the acquisition of bauxite junior Gulf Alumina (Gulf) by acquiring the remaining Gulf shares to take 100% ownership of the company. Metro’s Bauxite Hills project in Queensland is located adjacent to the bauxite tenements of Gulf. Metro now intends to… Read more

Nickel & Cobalt: Terrafame secures funding to continue ramp-up

Roskill view: Finland’s largest nickel mine has secured US$266M of financing which should see the completion of the Sotkamo mine’s ramp-up, according to operator Terrafame Oy. Terrafame Oy is owned by Terrafame Group, a state-owned company. In 2015, Terrafame acquired the business operations and assets of Talvivaara Sotkamo from its… Read more