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AUTO SALES: European Car Sales Slump in November With No Sign of Rebound

  • Date: 14-12-18
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Automaker shares fell after the European Automobile Manufacturers Association reported passenger-car registrations slid 8.1 percent in the in November from a year earlier. That dragged down year-to-date growth to 0.6 percent in the European Union and European Free Trade Association area.

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FUEL CELLS: Argonne scientists maximize the effectiveness of platinum in fuel cells

  • Date: 13-12-18
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Argonne National Laboratory

Platinum is a precious metal more rare than silver or gold. Renowned in the fuel cell community for its effectiveness in converting hydrogen and oxygen into water and electricity, platinum offers unrivaled activity and stability for electrochemical reactions.

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LITHIUM: Bacanora plans to list German subsidiary in 2019

  • Date: 13-12-18
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Project developer Bacanora Lithium is planning a 2019 stock exchange listing for the subsidiary that holds its Zinnwald lithium deposit, in Germany.

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LITHIUM: Cauchari feasibility study gets under way

  • Date: 13-12-18
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Advantage Lithium, the 75% owner of the Argentina-based Cauchari joint venture with Orocobre, has appointed GHD Chile to complete early engineering geared towards completing a feasibility study by June next year.

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AUTO SALES: Valeo predicts mild hybrids will take more than 25% of global car market

  • Date: 12-12-18
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News Europe

PARIS -- French supplier Valeo expects mild hybrid cars to make up more than 25 percent of the world car market in 2026, its innovation director Guillaume Devauchelle said on Tuesday.

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LITHIUM: Germany secures access to vast lithium deposit in Bolivia

  • Date: 12-12-18
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Reuters

Germany and Bolivia on Wednesday sealed a partnership for the industrial use of lithium, a key raw material for battery cell production, in an important step to become less dependent on Asian market leaders in the dawning age of electric cars.

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PGM SUPPLY: Amplats lowers production guidance for next three years

  • Date: 11-12-18
  • Category: PGM SUPPLY
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Tuesday said its production guidance would change from January 1, 2019, as Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metals material would no longer be bought as concentrate, but toll treated, with the refined metal returned to Sibanye.

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SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa’s mining production increases 0.5% y/y – Stats SA

  • Date: 11-12-18
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Mining production lifted marginally, by 0.5% year-on-year, in October, primarily on the back of strong growth in platinum group metals (PGMs), diamonds and manganese ore output, according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

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