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Battery-technology metals to leave gold, silver in the dust: readers

A whopping two-thirds of MINING.com readers say battery-technology metals will perform better than precious or base metals in 2018. The survey, which ran last month ahead of the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference 2018, asked our […]

Japan's Mitsui wants more of Chile's Collahuasi copper mine, but none of Los Pelambres

Mitsui’s investments in Chile’s copper industry date back to the 1990s and it now has minority interests in a number of the country’s leading mines.

Soaring cobalt prices force Samsung SDI to mine metal from old phones

The firm is also trying to halve use of cobalt in batteries from around 20% by raising the proportion of nickel, and it will start researching on development of nearly cobalt-free batteries.

Mining boom delivers record resource export revenues for Australia

Trade data from AUS Bureau of Statistics has confirmed importance of the mining industry to Australian economy and continuing benefits of the mining boom.

Rio Tinto pays biggest divvy in history as profit hits three-year high

Mining giant posts 90% increase in profit amid what CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques calls “resilient” commodity prices.

Why Tesla is turning to Chile for its lithium: Andy Home

Chile is an obvious place for Tesla's chief executive, Elon Musk, to look for secure supply, as the global lithium mother-lode is in the brine lakes of the country's Atacama desert.

Zimbabwe to enter lithium market with $1.4bn mine

Country is backing Prospect Resources’ (ASX:PSC) Arcadia lithium project, expected to generate that much revenue over eight years.

Pile-of-cash dilemma for mining industry once crippled by slump

With metals from zinc to palladium trading at multi-year highs, four of the world’s top producers generated combined free cash flow last year of about $87 million a day.

Rio Tinto back in race for stake in world’s largest lithium miner

Rio’s renewed interest in SQM is welcome by the Chilean government, which had expressed concerns about a potential and dangerous concentration in the market should major lithium producers, such as China’s Tianqi, acquire the 32% interest in SQM.

Commodity boom has a dark side as cost creep erodes windfall

Mining and metal companies are rediscovering the downside of rallying prices: higher costs.

Electric cars and niche metals lure cash to Africa's mines

Here are five metals grabbing attention across the continent.

These are top-10 global mining trends expected for 2018

Consulting firm Deloitte has published what it says will be the top-10 global trends in the mining industry this year.

Avalon announces start of winter drilling program on Separation Rapids Lithium project

At least seven holes totalling 1500 metres are planned at the Ontario-based project.

Caterpillar beats estimates again, delivers bullish outlook for 2018

The world's largest mining and construction equipment maker beat market expectations for fourth quarter earnings and said its sales growth momentum is expected to continue in 2018.

These are some of the top mining assets on the block

Big mining companies, restored to health following the 2015-16 price crash, are seeking to rationalize their portfolios and acquire assets in line with heightened focus on the best quality minerals and anticipated demand for battery materials.

Chile's Corfo, SQM strike deal in lithium dispute

The deal frees the miner to apply for increase in production quota amid demand boom and surging prices for lithium, which is used in EV batteries.

Tracking Europe's waste: 'There's gold in them landfills'

Some of Europe's richest deposits of valuable materials are in the trash, ranging from gold in smartphones to cobalt in electric car batteries.

Following detention, journalist publishes controversial story about Venezuela’s Mining Arc

Rampant violence and corruption are the norm in the mines of the southern Guayana region.

Cruz commences operations on BC cobalt prospect

“We are very pleased to start up operations in BC... [w]e plan to be operational on multiple projects throughout 2018," the president of Cruz stated.

How China is locking up critical resources in the US’s own backyard

China’s global resource grab, and the ramifications for the rest of the world, are on my radar screen. Are they on yours? If not, maybe they should be.

The raw materials that fuel the Green Revolution

A full green shift still requires plenty of natural resources- they're just not the traditional fossil fuels we're used to.

Mining profits are super-charged and BlackRock wants to get paid

“A lot of investors were really badly burned, ourselves included.”

Rio Tinto pulls offer for stake in world’s largest lithium miner

Decision doesn’t mean the miner has abandoned plans to capitalize on the electric-car boom, sources familiar with the matter say.

Bacanora seeks expansion of German lithium project with newly acquired exploration licence

The Falkenhain deposit, in the German state of Saxony, is located about 5 km from another Bacanora asset in Germany — the 50%-owned Zinnwald lithium project.

Canadian junior plunges ahead with three cobalt projects in B.C.

Vancouver-based Cruz Cobalt is ready to kick off an airborne work program at its three B.C.-based properties amid high prices for the commodity