Rare Earth Mining News

Lithium price: Chile giant’s scorched earth strategy

Playbook follows success in the iodine market

China's CATL to start producing next-gen low-cobalt batteries in 2019 — source

China's largest lithium battery maker will produce nickel-rich batteries, which are cheaper to make and have longer life-spans than cobalt-based ones.

Standard Lithium tries new approach to speed up production in Arkansas

Canadian company is focused on unlocking the value of existing large-scale US based lithium bearing brine resources that can be brought into production quickly.

China's Ganfeng grabs SQM's stake in Argentinean lithium project

The $87.5-million deal is the latest Chinese acquisition of a lithium project in South America, following Tianqi Lithium’s decision to buy 24% of SQM for $4.1 billion, which has not yet been approved by Chile’s antitrust regulator.

Lithium boom unlikely to disrupt potash market — analyst

While lithium and potash are often found in the same deposits and mined together, the increasing number of projects aimed at producing the white metal shouldn’t have an impact in the potash market.

Auto industry’s use of lithium-ion batteries to grow seven-fold by 2025

The need to store electricity, generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, will also help demand to grow, the Metal Bulletin says.

Chile lithium exports more than double in July from previous year

The value of exports of the metal from Chile, one of the world's top producers of lithium, jumped 51 percent in the first seven months of the year.

Rio Tinto down despite $7.2bn cash return to investors

Company said first-half profit grew 12% to $4.42 billion, below the $4.53 billion forecast by analysts.

Falling Chinese electric car production wrenches lithium price

The world’s automakers “don’t worry about lithium supply anymore” – Simon Moores.

Caterpillar says tariffs will wipe out up to $200M

Demand for mining as well as oil and gas equipment is so strong that the company said it was taking orders for delivery well into 2019.

Rainbow Rare Earths reports 180% increase in concentrate sold from previous quarter

Rainbow, the rare earth element mining company, is pleased to announce an operations update from its Gakara Project in Burundi ('Gakara') for the three months to 30 June 2018.

First significant Dysprosium producer outside of China to open plant on Friday

Australian explorer Northern Minerals (ASX: NTU) is set to officially open their Pilot Plant on July 27 which marks a significant milestone in the Company’s goal of becoming the most significant producer of Dysprosium outside of China.

Base Resources posts record quarterly rutile production in Kenya

Base Titanium posts record quarterly production of the mineral rutile in Kenya.

Nickel is new headache for automakers as cobalt fears abate

Locking in supplies of key battery raw materials lithium and cobalt has been a headache for electric car manufacturers, but these days it’s the supply of nickel and graphite that’s keeping them up at night.

Tianqi goes ahead with $382-million Greenbushes lithium mine expansion

The expansion, on top of a $238 million upgrade due for completion in April, will double the mine’s production to 1.95 million tonnes a year of lithium concentrate a year from 2020.

Canada scaring mining investors with long, unclear permit processes

Study released Tuesday by the Fraser Institute, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec are the three main provinces where exploration permit processes have grown longer and less transparent over the past 10 years.

AngloGold says there's no escaping demise of South African gold

Output will continue to shrink as miners chase ever-deeper ore bodies while struggling to keep costs down.

What to watch in commodities: Iran, big oil, miners, gold, crops

It’s getting ugly out there. Commodities are getting shaken up as investors fret about the fall-out from the global trade war.

South Africa's Harmony says FY output exceeds guidance

South Africa's Harmony Gold said on Monday annual bullion production for 2018 has exceeded its guidance, boosted by its Moab Khotsong operation.

Amplats reports jump in H1 earnings, buys Glencore's stake in Mototolo platinum mine

Anglo American Platinum kept the dividend tap flowing as it reaps the benefits of a pivot to mechanised mining that has lifted productivity and cut costs.

Nutrien sells stake in Arab Potash to China’s SDIC

The $502-million transaction makes the Chinese company Arab Potash's majority shareholder.

Bacanora Lithium changes its mind on how to fund flagship Sonora mine

It has decided not to go ahead with a proposed $100-million share sale to help it fund the Mexican project.

Tariffs lay bare Washington's rare earths dilemma

Yttrium is just one a host critical minerals on the list of Chinese imports targeted for the next escalation of the simmering trade war between the two countries.

Miners wrote off almost one-third of investments over last decade

From the $939bn invested in major projects between 2008 and 2017, the world’s top 40 mining companies by market cap. wrote-off $273bn or 29% of the initial capital outlay.

Australia’s Northern Minerals makes first rare earth from pilot plant

Company aims to be the first significant world producer outside of China of dysprosium, used by electric vehicle makers in the manufacturing of engine magnets.