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PALLADIUM: A Rise in Catalytic Converter Thefts Signals the Top of the Palladium Market

  • Date: 20-12-19
  • Category: PALLADIUM
  • Source: Energy and Capital

Police departments around the country are warning car owners about a resurgence in a particularly annoying and costly crime for victims: catalytic converter thefts.

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PGM PRODUCERS: No festivities for Sibanye Stillwater mineworkers as retrenchments begin

As the festive season is almost at its peak, it’s doom and gloom for many Sibanye Stillwater mineworkers. The mine has started retrenching some of its employees at its Marikana operations in Rustenburg in North West.

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APPOINTMENTS: Sibanye-Stillwater appoints two non-executive directors

  • Date: 19-12-19
  • Category: APPOINTMENT
  • Source: Big News Network

Mining company Sibanye-Stillwater [JSE: SGL] has announced the appointment of two non-executive directors to the board.

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JEWELLERY: De Beers has its toughest year since 2009 global financial crisis

  • Date: 19-12-19
  • Category: JEWELLERY
  • Source: Business Live

De Beers, the world’s largest rough diamond seller by value, marked the end of a very difficult year with total diamond sales falling by $1.35bn to its lowest level since the global financial crisis.

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FUEL CELLS: Nuvera breaks ground on automated fuel cell production facility in China

  • Date: 19-12-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions for motive applications, is building a fuel cell stack production line in the Hangzhou district government of Fuyang, China.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: VW brand to launch 34 new models, derivatives in 2020

Volkswagen brand plans to launch 34 new models and derivatives next year including electrified cars to lower emissions as stringent new CO2 reduction targets are phased in by the European Union.

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EMISSIONS: FADA moves Supreme Court seeking relief in sale of BS-IV vehicles after April 1 deadline

  • Date: 19-12-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: India Times

Last year, the Supreme Court had ordered that no Bharat Stage IV vehicle shall be sold in the country with effect from April 1, 2020. The Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission norms would come into force from April 1 next year.

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BATTERIES: IBM’s new battery uses seawater materials instead of heavy metals

  • Date: 19-12-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Mining Technology

International Business Machines (IBM) has come up with a new battery design that makes use of materials extracted from seawater, as part of sourcing alternative materials to heavy metals.

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