Cobalt: More changes at the top at Katanga Mining

Mark Davis was appointed CEO this week, replacing Jeff Gerard who had only been in the position since May. Gerrard had replaced Danny Callow, who had held the role since January, having taken over from Johnny Blizzard. Blizzard resigned in December 2018 as part of the company’s settlement with the… Read more

Tantalum: Taiwan’s Yageo to purchase tantalum capacitor manufacturer Kemet

On 11 November, it was announced that the Taiwanese electronic component manufacturer Yageo was to acquire US-based tantalum capacitor manufacturer Kemet. The all-cash purchase price was put at US$1.8Bn. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020, at which point Kemet’s common stock will cease… Read more

Chromium: Clover Alloys to purchase Lanxess’ Rustenburg Chrome Mine

Speciality chemicals company Lanxess has announced plans to sell its stake in South Africa’s Rustenburg Chrome Mine (RCM) to Clover Alloys. The transaction is expected to be completed late next year. The sale follow’s Lanxess’ earlier divestment away from its chromium tanning salts plant in Merebank, which was sold to… Read more

Salt: More mergers at K+S

K+S has merged its German subsidiaries K+S KALI and esco – european salt company into one entity under the new name K+S Minerals and Agriculture. K+S had already merged its disposal and logistics activities into K+S KALI in July 2019. Alexa Hergenröther, CEO of the Europe+ operating unit, and Bastian… Read more

Lithium: AMG Lithium plans dual location hydroxide refining strategy

Advanced Metallurgical Group (AMG) is planning to build a lithium hydroxide refinery in Zeitz, Germany, and has commenced a basic engineering study for the facility with detailed engineering design to begin at the end of 2019. AMG has already established a “state-of-the-art lithium hydroxide and battery materials laboratory” in Frankfurt-Hoechst,… Read more

Rare Earths: Metal Events conference focusses on the magnet supply chain

In the midst of the China-USA trade war, supply sustainability remained a key topic of conversation at the 16th International Rare Earth Conference, held in Kuala Lumpur this month. The specific attention for rare earths continues to be on magnet materials (Pr, Nd, Dy), which form a key component in… Read more

Tungsten, Tin: W Resources seeks financing as La Parrilla commissioning progresses

UK-headquartered W Resources noted in early November that it was in advanced stages of finalising financing facilities and additional equity investment with local Spanish investors for its La Parrilla tungsten-tin project in Spain. Ramp-up activities at La Parrilla are underway with all components of the concentrator plant reported to be… Read more

Graphite: Syrah produces first purified spherical graphite

Syrah Resources announced first production of purified spherical graphite last week from its Vidalia battery anode materials (BAM) plant in Louisiana, USA. Production is based on graphite concentrate mined by the Australian company from its Balama operation in Mozambique. The announcement follows the report of its first unprocessed spherical graphite… Read more