Electric cars: European regulation setting the pace for carmakers

Roskill view: Since the introduction of the EURO regulations in 1993 to control transport emissions, the European Union has been marking the way for global automakers.  Although initially the reduction of emissions targets was somewhat progressive for gasoline cars, for diesel cars the reductions have considerably accelerated in recent years,… Read more


Manganese: High prices have boosted supply

Figures from the International Manganese Institute (IMnI) suggest that in the first nine months of 2017, manganese ore supply rose 28% on 2016 levels.  IMnI data also indicates that high carbon ferromanganese supply was up 19.6% year-on-year. Roskill view: This growth in output is related to sustained high prices and… Read more


Nickel sulphate: Terrafame looking to produce battery-grade material

Finnish group Terrafame is considering investment in a new production plant that could produce about 150,000tpy of nickel sulphate and 5,000tpy of cobalt sulphate.  Terrafame has completed a feasibility study on the battery chemicals production and is now proceeding to detailed planning.  It is aiming to make a final investment… Read more

Bacanora Minerals

Lithium: Bacanora gains licence for Zinnwald

Bacanora Minerals, a lithium project developer, has announced that its jointly controlled company Deutsche Lithium, has been granted a mining licence for its Zinnwald lithium project, in Southern Saxony, Germany. The 30 year licence covers the 256.5 hectares of the Sn/W/Li granite deposit . The Zinnwald deposit has been mined… Read more

Copper mine

Cobalt: Central Bank releases copper and cobalt production data

Copper production from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sits at 831,000t for 2017 through September, having increased 9.3% year-on-year according to a report from the DRC Central Bank. The Bank also reports that cobalt production is up 18% to 59,000t. The DRC represents a significant resource base for copper,… Read more

Stainless steel rolled

Stainless Steel: ATI and Tsingshan unveil a new Joint-Venture

US group ATI and Chinese company Tsingshan have unveiled a new stainless steel joint venture, called Allegheny & Tsingshan Stainless. Roskill view: Under the terms of the agreement, Tsingshan will ship 60″ wide (1500mm) stainless steel slabs from its recently-commissioned stainless steel mill in Indonesia to ATI’s Hot-Rolled Processing Facility… Read more