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Activated Carbon: USITC to review anti-dumping duty

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) gave notice on 1st February that it has instituted a review to determine whether revocation of the existing US antidumping duty order on certain activated carbon from China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to the domestic US… Read more

Fluorspar/tungsten: Thailand’s SC Mining to expand production capacity

Thai tungsten and fluorspar producer SC Mining is reported to be expanding production capacity in 2018 at its mine in Ban Pin, Phrae. The mine currently has a production capacity of around 650tpy W and 6,000-12,000tpy fluorspar, but SC Mining is evaluating an additional 12,000-24,000tpy of fluorspar output. Tungsten production… Read more

Nickel: Ambatovy re-starts production

The 60ktpy Ambatovy nickel refinery, which closed on 5 January after Madagascar was struck by a cyclone, has now re-started production. The plant, which was brought back on line in stages at the end of January, is now ramping up output. During the period of bad weather, the Ambatovy plant… Read more

Tungsten: Wolf Minerals concentrate output up 22% in Q4 2017

Tungsten production from the Drakelands tungsten and tin mine in Devon, UK, rose by 22% in the October–December 2017 quarter following an improvement in the processing plant performance. Operator Wolf Minerals said tungsten concentrates production totalled 435t WO3, compared to 356t WO3 in the quarter to September 2017. Tin output… Read more

Rare Earths: An optical authentication system using REE luminescence

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have developed a marking system using rare-earth-doped zeolites to track goods. The calcium cations in zeolites are exchanged with europium, terbium and dysprosium, which imprint a unique optical response related to the light emission spectra of the rare earths. The zeolites can be impregnated… Read more

Cobalt: Market mulls changes in African supply

The DRC’s Senate this week approved legislation that raises taxes and royalties on metals including copper and cobalt. The Upper House of Congo’s parliament adopted the law which bears many similarities to that put in front of the DRC’s National Assembly in December. Also this week, in Zambia, mining firms… Read more

Rare Earths: Malawi and Canada rare earth interests for Talaxis

Mkango has received US$7.1M from Talaxis (paid to subsidiary Lancaster Exploration) in return for a 20% interest. The investment will fund the initial stage of the feasibility study of the Songwe Hill rare earths project in Malawi. Talaxis has also invested US$1.4M into a new Mkango subsidiary, Maginito, focused on… Read more

Tungsten

Tungsten: Novoorlovsky mine output down 18% y-o-y in 2017

Primary tungsten production from the Zabaykalye territory in Russia is reported to have been 1,437t WO3 (1,135t W) in 2017, according to news site Ukrainian Metal, down by 18% y-o-y. More than 95% of output is reported to come from the Novoorlovsky Mining and Processing Works operation, with the remainder… Read more

Soda Ash: Kazan Soda enters Turkish market

The Kazan Soda Elektric subsidiary of Ciner Group has commissioned its soda ash plant in Turkey. This is one of the single natural soda ash plants in the world comprising five 0.5Mtpy capacity units and a total capacity of 2.5Mtpy. Further capacity includes 200ktpy for sodium bicarbonate. Natural soda ash… Read more

Lithium: Tawana-AMA’s Bald Hill on-track for Q1 start-up

Tawana Resources reported that its 50:50 joint venture project with Alliance Mineral Assets, the Bald Hill mine, is on-track for commissioning in Q1 2018 with first shipment of spodumene concentrate scheduled for April 2018.  The project is located 50km southeast of Kambalda in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia and… Read more