The electric vehicle (EV) revolution will first emerge as a mixture of differing technologies, powered by an ever-evolving battery-metal-mix of cathodes.
The industry is asking whether consumers will opt for natural or artificial material, and how this will shape global consumption.
The focus on lithium-ion batteries seems to reflect supply and demand of lithium and cobalt but it would be very wrong not to include nickel.
Metal bulletin reasearch’s forecast is for the lithium market to shift into a supply surplus this year and as such we have expected prices to fall.
Chinese cobalt sulfate prices continued to edge lower although the pace of decline has slowed as spot prices have fallen to below production costs.
The global smartphone market accounts for the largest consumer electronics segment, accounting for around half of its market share.
Metal processing and mining industries in the Asia-Pacific region have welcomed the conclusion of negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that will reduce barriers to trade between 12 countries.
Coal of Africa (CoAL) will require more capital to fund its Makhado coking coal project in South Africa’s Limpopo province, even after securing around $60 million of new debt and equity financing, an analyst told Metal Bulletin.
BHP Billiton has defended its power contracts and usage, following accusations that the miner continues to produce aluminium at its smelters with subsidised electricity while power shedding on the national grid requires others in the country to switch off.
Government regulations might hinder the growth of Asia-Pacific bauxite production, which is expected to rise to meet growing regional aluminum demand for aluminum, according to a report from GBI Research.
The drive by major ferro-chrome producers to get the South African government to impose a $100-per-tonne export tax on chrome ore is meeting resistance.
Domestic nickel premiums remain under pressure as Brazil’s Vale SA aggressively seeks orders after returning to full production.
Sherritt International Corp. expects a volatile nickel market this year and next as the global demand picture for the commodity remains unclear, according to its top executive.
Capstone Mining Corp. is forecasting a slight pickup in production volumes in 2012, when it expects to produce about 80 million pounds of copper in concentrates at its Cozamin and Minto mines in Mexico and Canada, respectively, as well as about 20 million pounds of zinc contained in concentrate at Cozamin.
Pittsburgh-based zinc producer Horsehead Corp has filed a claim against Nyrstar Clarksville Inc and Darin Cooper, a former project manager who joined Nyrstar earlier this month.
Zimbabwean platinum producer Zimplats has been accused of underpaying royalties by the Zimbabwe revenue authority and is now locked in a legal battle to fend off a $28 million claim for outstanding payments.
Brazil’s Vetorial Participações will keep its merchant pig iron business despite moving into a 7.6 billion Reais ($4 billion), 20 million-tpy iron ore joint venture called Vetria Mineração.
The government-owned Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has commissioned Japan’s Kobe Steel to upgrade its manufacturing facilities and set up a new $400 million iron ore nuggets plant in Durgapur, West Bengal.
David V. Pathe will take over as Sherritt International Corp.’s chief executive officer from the retiring Ian W. Delaney effective Jan. 1, the company said in a statement.
A container with 20 tonnes of cobalt was stolen from the MSC shipping company site in the Antwerp harbour, Scheldelaan, quay 730 on November 14 said the Belgian police.
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An administrative review of an anti-dumping duty order on hot-rolled carbon steel flat products from China has been rescinded by the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) because there was no information on record of which companies made sales, shipments or entries of the product to the United States during the period of review.
The revised surcharge mechanism introduced by domestic stainless mills in October has had little effect on buying patterns so far due to generally weak demand, a top stainless executive said this past week.
A build-up of coal stocks at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal in South Africa could mean a slowdown in the buyers’ market, even if Transnet, the national rail freight carrier, has increased its efficiency in shifting material from mines to the port.