China's commodity imports look tepid, may be slightly warmer

The decline in commodity imports in the first quarter seem to confirm the narrative of slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy.

Iron ore shortage after Vale disaster hurting Brazil steelmakers — report

Vale's situation could force other steelmakers to halt production if nothing is done to normalize supplies.

Katanga Mining resumes cobalt exports from DRC

The company produced about 930 tonnes of contained cobalt since January through interim operational solutions.

Brazil President says Amazon rainforest reserve should be opened to mining

President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday the country could open a vast reserve in the Amazon rainforest to mining, a move attempted by his predecessor that was quickly rescinded following an international environmental outcry.

China March copper concentrate imports fall on-month, aluminium exports rebound

China's aluminium exports rebounded 59% month-on-month from a two-year low in February to reach 546,000 tonnes in March.

China's General Lithium to launch 60,000 T spodumene converter by end of 2020

China's fourth-biggest lithium producer, plans to start building a plant to convert mineral ore to lithium that will more than triple its capacity.

Mosaic suspends phosphate mines in Brazil after new rules for dams

It is unclear how long the dams' suspension will last.

Aurubis copper business hit by US-China trade war and Brexit

The company is still positive on copper demand due to the expected rise in renewable energy and in electric vehicles.

Tianqi agrees truce in battle over Chilean lithium miner SQM

Tianqi's $4.1B purchase of a 24% stake in SQM went through in December, but the Chinese firm has faced push back.

Fresnillo Q1 production slumps, sticks to FY targets

The company reported lower than expected full-year profit in February while warning of headwinds including lower precious metals prices for 2019.

Nickel shortage in view unless China-led projects in Indonesia succeed — analysts

The outlook comes after China's Tsingshan Group surprised the market last year with a low-cost estimate and short time frame to launch a $700 million plant on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Worried about nickel supply, China battery maker BYD welcomes JV discussions

Electric car and battery maker BYD counts Warren Buffet among its investors and is also German automaker Daimler AG's partner in China.

Australia's New Century Resources quarterly zinc output jumps 50%

The company churned out 18,170 tonnes of zinc metal in the March quarter.

Codelco 'perfectly well' financed for next two years — board chairman

Codelco returns all of its profits to the state and is funded by a mix of capitalization and debt.

Electric-vehicle tax credits get a bipartisan boost in senate

The legislation would grant automakers a $7,000 tax credit for an additional 400,000 vehicles after they reach the 200,000 vehicle cap.

Revitalizing its copper mines may not be sufficient to keep Chile at the fore

Demand for copper is expected to take off by the mid-2020s, but Chile is saddled with mines facing crippling declines in ore grades and a system that allows the bulk of its exploration concessions to sit idle.

From turbines to thermostats: copper miners eye high-tech demand

Attempts to replace copper in a lithium-ion battery's anode with aluminum have failed so far, which bodes well for major copper miners.

First Cobalt targets Canada plant restart within 2 years — CEO

The company is reportedly in talks to supply its battery-grade product to four leading automakers.

Copper producer KGHM may freeze more mines in Canada, US – CEO

KGHM's foreign assets have struggled with rising costs, falling copper prices, technical problems and higher-than-expected capital spending.

Zimbabwe mulls 'use it or lose it' approach to mining rights

Zimbabwe may withdraw mining rights from companies that take too long to dig for minerals.

China's Greatpower to start producing nickel sulphate by end-2019 – chairman

The Chinese supplier of chemicals for lithium-ion batteries is also on the lookout for mine investment opportunities to guarantee supply.

Nearly 2,000 Zambian villagers can sue Vedanta in England – Supreme Court

The latest ruling raises the prospect that other companies could face legal action in England related to their activities abroad.

Anglo Asian's Azerbaijan gold output rises 5% in Q1

The company forecasts total metal production of between 82,000 to 86,000 gold-equivalent ounces in 2019.

Vale says BSG ordered to pay it $1.25B

The joint venture intended to explore for iron assets at the Simandou prospect, but the concession was revoked in 2014 by Guinea's government.

Rio Tinto says fire damages Pilbara iron ore operation

The company does not say whether this would impact shipping of the mineral.