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JEWELLERY: Platinum industry frets over Sibanye

  • Date: 25-11-18
  • Category: JEWELLERY
  • Source: Business Live

As the Platinum Guild International tries to stem the decline in Chinese demand for platinum jewellery, the industry body is fretting about what Sibanye-Stillwater’s takeover of Lonmin to create a new power in the sector will mean for its marketing effort in the world’s most important platinum jewellery segment.

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BATTERIES: JRC: Europe must take steps to boost supply of cobalt for EV batteries

  • Date: 25-11-18
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The coming electric vehicle boom will significantly increase the demand for cobalt in the EU and globally. As a result, demand is expected to exceed supply already in 2020 and the EU must take steps to boost supply and curb demand without hindering the growth in electric vehicles, according to a new JRC (Joint Research Center) report.

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HYDROGEN: UK natural gas distributors eye large-scale gas grid conversion to hydrogen

  • Date: 23-11-18
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: SP Global

UK gas distributors Northern Gas Networks and Cadent -- together with Norway's Equinor -- propose the conversion of parts of the UK gas grid to hydrogen starting in 2028 in order to provide the start of the "deep decarbonization" of heating in the country.

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MACROECONOMICS: Euro-Area Economy Puts Another Dent in ECB Hopes for Rebound

The euro-area economy stumbled again this month, with a key indicator falling to the lowest in four years, denting expectations for an economic pickup after a summer slowdown.

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ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe plans refinery for the country's platinum mines- budget document

  • Date: 22-11-18
  • Category: ZIMBABWE
  • Source: Reuters

HARARE, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe is planning to build a base metals and precious metals refinery that will process platinum from all the country’s platinum mines, a budget statement released on Thursday said.

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BATTERIES: BASF makes low-nickel wager amid scramble for battery metals

  • Date: 22-11-18
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Reuters

German chemicals giant BASF (BASFn.DE) is betting on a new recipe for electric car batteries which stretches the time between charges while cutting dependence on nickel to help shave costs and grab more of a growing market.

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PGM SUPPLY: Tribunal approves Sibanye, Lonmin merger; imposes 6-month moratorium on retrenchments

  • Date: 21-11-18
  • Category: PGM SUPPLY
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday approved the merger between Sibanye-Stillwater and Lonmin, with conditions. As part of its consent for the transaction, it imposed a six-month moratorium on retrenchments at the Lonmin operations.

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PGM SUPPLY: Tribunal approves Sibanye, Lonmin merger; imposes 6-month moratorium on retrenchments

  • Date: 21-11-18
  • Category: PGM SUPPLY
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday approved the merger between Sibanye-Stillwater and Lonmin, with conditions. As part of its consent for the transaction, it imposed a six-month moratorium on retrenchments at the Lonmin operations.

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