Cerro Matoso

Nickel: Nickel producers highlight rising Q3 output

South32 reports higher nickel production in the third quarter of this calendar year. Output of nickel from the company’s 99.9% share in the Cerro Matoso plant in Colombia rose to 11.7kt of contained nickel (from 9.7kt in the previous quarter and 8.7kt in the same quarter last year). The rise… Read more

Salt mine

Salt: K+S reorganises salt and potash units by markets

K+S of Germany currently has two business units, Potash and Magnesium Products, and Salt but is undergoing a major internal reorganisation. The Salt unit is currently the world’s largest producer with operations in North America (Morton Salt), Europe (esco) and Latin America (K+S Chile). As part of its “Shaping 2030”… Read more


Cobalt and Nickel: Jinchuan gears up for EV battery demand

Roskill view: China’s Jinchuan Group has announced plans to build a new nickel and cobalt facility in Guangxi which will produce raw materials for EV batteries by 2020. The plant at Fangchenggang will have a capacity of 30ktpy of nickel and 3ktpy of cobalt. The company also confirmed last week… Read more


Graphite: NextSource aiming to begin construction by end 2017

Canadian-based graphite company NextSource is pressing ahead with its 17ktpy Molo project in Madagascar, based on a much lower cost modular approach for Phase 1. The feasibility study puts the capital cost of the mine and plant at US$18.4M and the operation is expected to be in commercial production by… Read more

American Elements

Rare Earths: American Elements expanding neodymium fluoride production

American Elements produces a range of products including rare earth compounds and metals. In response to the burgeoning demand for raw materials used in hybrid and electric vehicle (H/EV), American Elements has announced the expansion of neodymium fluoride production, used in the manufacture of neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets for H/EV… Read more