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US Rare Earth Minerals says it has no supply deal with Tesla

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 31, 2015
U.S. Rare Earth Minerals calling supply deal with Tesla Motors a ‘bluff’

The company that sealed the high-profile deal to supply lithium to electric carmaker is in fact London-based Rare Earth Minerals (LON:REM).

Tesla begins Gigafactory sourcing with lithium supply deal

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence | August 28, 2015
Satellite images show Tesla's Gigafactory ambitions

London-based Bacanora Minerals and Rare Earth Minerals have received the go-ahead to supply lithium hydroxide to Tesla's lithium-ion battery megafactory from its clay deposit in Mexico's north-west should the new project reach production.

US company to begin recovering rare earths from old electronics

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 26, 2015
US company to begin recovering rare earths from old electronics

U.S. Rare Earths Inc. will apply a new method that assists in the recycling, recovery and extraction process of the coveted elemenst, used as ingredients in magnets, batteries, catalytic converters and high-tech products

Molycorp shuts down Mountain Pass rare earth plant

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 26, 2015
Molycorp shuts down Mountain Pass rare earth plant

The former superstar of rare earths mining said it has decided to put the California facility on "care and maintenance" mode by Oct. 20 due to weak prices.

Canada, Australia, US, Chile and Mexico, the top destinations for mining investors

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 25, 2015
Canada, Australia, US, Chile and Mexico, the top destinations for mining investors

Despite current adverse conditions, advisory firm Behre Dolbear is recommending mining stakeholders to focus on markets that have been able to ride the wave relatively well so far.

Canadian mining stocks outperform metals prices

Frik Els | August 24, 2015
Canadian mining stocks outperform metals prices

Canadian junior and mid-tier mining companies also raised 62% more capital in the second quarter than in 2014.

Frik Els

Mining private equity is being fundamentally transformed

Frik Els | August 23, 2015
Mining private equity is being fundamentally transformed

Appian Capital founder Michael Scherb: "You're now seeing the same changes in mining that happened in oil and gas which is now heavily supported by PE"

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INFOGRAPHIC – On the precipice: Will global markets follow commodities off the cliff?

Visual Capitalist | August 21, 2015
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Today may be the end of this trend of divergence. US equities are at a precipice: fueled by low rates and quantitative easing for years, they have finally started to tumble from record highs.

Forget slower growth, worry about Chinese GDP contraction

Frik Els | August 20, 2015
Forget slower growth, worry about Chinese GDP contraction

Chinese rail freight tonnage – a key indicator for economic activity and the commodities trade – has plunged by 10.2% this year.

Heap Leach: Mining's breakthrough technology

Vladimir Basov | August 20, 2015
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New techniques for tailings treatment and sulfide ore recovery will see low-cost environmentally friendly heap leaching take another giant leap forward.

Russian rare earth producer to invest $320M into tantalum and niobium production

investorINTEL | August 20, 2015

Technoinvest Alliance, one of Russia’s largest producers of rare earths is considering investing up to US$320 million in the development of Zashihinskoe field, one of Russia’s largest rare earths reserves.

New landscape for BC mining environmental reviews

Canada must open mining to First Nations to remain competitive— study

First Nation support for resource projects has become increasingly important to their success.

Avalon Rare Metals begins pilot plant program at lithium asset

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 17, 2015
Avalon Rare Metals begins pilot plant program at lithium asset

The facility aims to test a new lithium minerals process developed by the company over the past year.

Most Chinese rare earth miners running at a loss — report

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 12, 2015
Most Chinese rare earth miners running at a loss — report

About 90% of China’s rare earth producers are currently operating at a loss as prices for the coveted elements continue to drop due to a global glut and illegal mining.

China's surprise currency move is more bad news for Canadian commodities

Business in Vancouver | August 11, 2015
Canadian miners performance down 15% in Q3 on falling metal prices

Stock markets in Canada and the United States fell sharply on the news that China had allowed the yuan to drop 2%.

Thinking outside the commodity box: Benchmark's investment primer for lithium, cobalt and graphite

The Gold Report | August 11, 2015
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Simon Moores, managing director of London-based Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, and the firm's analyst, Andrew Miller, provide insight into minerals that they say need to shed their labels as traditional commodities and embrace their future as niche, raw-material solutions for a growing list of technology manufacturers.

Chart: Panasonic predicts lithium-ion utility storage surge

One of the world’s leading battery manufacturers, Panasonic Corp, is predicting significant growth in emerging markets for lithium-ion batteries.

CRA targeting mining-sector tax havens

Business in Vancouver | August 5, 2015
Vale to pay Brazil $674 million in mining taxes

It’s an issue that the Canadians for Tax Fairness and the Liberal Party of Canada appear to be hoping to make a federal election issue.

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Work continues

Study: New projects need a $3.50 copper price

There are good companies doing promising work. Yes, the news flow is slower than in better markets, but that doesn’t mean it’s crickets out there.

Cecilia Jamasmie

Survival of the fittest — what to expect for rare earth miners outside China

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 31, 2015
Survival of the fittest — what to expect for rare earth miners outside China

While analyst predict a rebound in hard-hit rare earth prices later this year, it is still unclear whether companies outside China, the world’s largest producer, will be able to challenge its dominance.

Canadian court to hear Stans Energy appeal over Kyrgyz Republic’s unpaid $118M

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 24, 2015
Canadian court to hear Stans Energy appeal over Kyrgyz Republic’s unpaid $118M

The frozen payment corresponds to what the Kyrgyz Republic was told by an international arbitration court to give Stans for revoking its rare earth mining licenses in the country.

Luisa Moreno explains why metallurgy is so important in critical metals projects

The Gold Report | July 24, 2015
Value of US mineral production decreased in 2013

Luisa Moreno, managing partner and analyst with Toronto-based Tahuti Global, says there are many things investors must pay attention to when it comes to critical metals projects, but nothing should trump metallurgy.

New study: Costs of permitting delays to mining projects

National Mining Association | July 24, 2015
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Study shows half of a mining project's value can be lost due to permitting delays.

US mining policy and global competitiveness

National Mining Association | July 24, 2015
Seven familiar names shortlisted to head Anglo American

Mark Fellows, director of metals consulting at SNL Metals & Mining, explains why permitting delays happen, what they’re costing our economy and how to fix it.

Mining firms should act now to stay ahead of local content rules

Achilles | July 24, 2015
Mining firms should act now to stay ahead of local content rules

Global miners could be at risk of losing valuable exploration and operating licences unless they step up their efforts to award work to suppliers in the locality of contracts.

Global miners improve policies on community consent, while oil and gas lag

Oxfam America | July 23, 2015
Global miners improve policies on community consent, while oil and gas lag

Implementation of “free, prior and informed consent” policies vital tool to prevent conflict and costs to companies, reveals study published Thursday by Oxfam.

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