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SOUTH AFRICA: Unions warn auto and mining industries of possible strike action

  • Date: 15-06-19
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG – The country’s major industries including auto and mining have been warned of possible strike action. This week, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said they would have no choice but to down tools should negotiations in their respective industries not yield desirable results.

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EMISSIONS: Opel expects to meet CO2 target with new EVs

  • Date: 14-06-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Europe Auto News

RUESSELSHEIM -- Opel will meet its EU-mandated target for CO2 emissions reductions, helped by its upcoming electrified cars, CEO Michael Lohscheller said.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: China's red-hot EV market cools

History has repeatedly shown that a market bubble created by government incentives will burst sooner or later.

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NICKEL: Indonesia nickel mining disrupted by heavy rain, floods -association

  • Date: 14-06-19
  • Category: NICKEL
  • Source: Kitco

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE, June 14 (Reuters) - Widespread flooding in Indonesia's nickel hub on the island of Sulawesi has halted some mining operations in the world's biggest nickel ore producer, an official with a nickel mining industry group said.

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FUEL CELLS: China’s father of electric cars, thinks hydrogen is the future

  • Date: 13-06-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: SCMP

The man who convinced Beijing to bet on electric vehicles says it’s time for the car industry’s next game-changing moment. Hydrogen fuel cells have struggled to gain traction due to high costs and other factors, but China can change that by making them a national priority.

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SOUTH AFRICA: World's Top Platinum Miners Brace for ‘Substantial’ Wage Demands

South African platinum producers are preparing for significant wage demands as workers eye windfall earnings from a rally in metal prices.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Is the beginning of the end of the combustion engine in sight?

Pete Kelly’s recent blog post – Pain from policy, and politics, referencing LMC Automotive’s recent client conference, highlighted the increasing burden of regulation facing the industry. The rollout of Euro VI emissions limits in stages, encompassing the shift from the NEDC testing regime to WLTP and the introduction of RDE, has resulted in significant disruption, dissatisfaction and even legal challenge from a variety of stakeholders. But as the scale of the regulatory ambition of those...

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EMISSIONS: Hybrids are 14 times better than battery electric vehicles at reducing real-world carbon dioxide emissions

  • Date: 13-06-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Emissions Analytics

Battery production capacity for motor vehicles is currently scarce, expensive and suffering supply lags and challenges. This may change over time, but for some period securing an economic supply of battery production capacity will be pivotal to the successful commercialisation of electrified vehicles, and to the relative fortunes of individual auto makers. At the same time, electrification is a proven route to tailpipe carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction, or elimination.

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