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FUEL CELLS: Hydrogen power: China backs fuel cell technology

  • Date: 02-01-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Financial Times

Stung by the impact of the financial crisis, the hilly city of Yunfu in China’s southern Guangdong province decided in 2009 it was time for a makeover. Known over hundreds of years for producing delicate stones for arts and crafts, the city had few modern industries apart from consumer appliances.

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JEWELLERY: Chow Tai Fook: Jewelry business "dead sheep", financial business "reinforcement"

  • Date: 02-01-19
  • Category: JEWELLERY
  • Source: 21 Gem

The downturn in the jewelry market has also affected Chow Tai Fook's performance. From 2014 to 2018, Chow Tai Fook's turnover fell from HK$77.41 billion to HK$59.16 billion, a decrease of 23.6%.

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CHINA: China adjust the provisional tax rate for import and export in 2019

  • Date: 01-01-19
  • Category: CHINA
  • Source: Jewellery China

Since January 1, 2019, the black pearl tariff has been reduced to 0 for all MFN countries, and other jewellery and jade commodities (including diamonds, colored stones, organic stones, jewelry) to New Zealand, Peru, Costa Rica, Iceland, Australia, Asia Pacific Trade Agreement. Tariffs of countries (Bangladesh, India, Laos, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Mongolia), Hong Kong, Macao and other countries and regions have basically fallen to zero.

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LITHIUM: Eramet expects Argentina lithium investment decision in H1

  • Date: 20-12-18
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

French multinational mining company Eramet’s lithium project in the Andean Cordillera of Salta, north-west Argentina, is entering its final preparation phase, with an investment decision less than six months away.

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DIESEL: New Mercedes-Benz GLE with six-cylinder diesel: first SUV in its class to meet Euro 6d

  • Date: 20-12-18
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Daimler

Certification in accordance with the Euro 6d standard (RDE stage 2) not prescribed for new models until 1 January 2020 is possible due to measures including extended exhaust gas aftertreatment with an additional underbody SCR catalytic converter. Thanks to this enhanced technology the nitrogen oxide emissions drop to an average of 20 milligrams per kilometre in the case of the GLE 400 d 4MATIC, as shown by measurements in continuous operation of many thousands of kilometres. In individual journe

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BATTERIES: Future of the lithium-ion battery

  • Date: 20-12-18
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: LMC Auto

For the foreseeable future, the success of battery electric vehicles (BEV) heavily relies on improvements being made to lithium-ion technology. Consumers are demanding longer driving range and lower costs if they are to make the switch to electric driving. In the near term, the capacity of lithium-ion batteries will continue to increase by around 7% annually, being driven by advances in anode and cathode materials, and, to a lesser extent, by battery pack design and control. These carry their ow

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EMISSIONS: Truck CO2 targets: industry reacts to common position of EU member states

  • Date: 20-12-18
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: ACEA

Europe’s major truck manufacturers take note of the common position on future CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles that EU environment ministers adopted at a Council meeting this afternoon

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MACROECONOMICS: German Business Confidence Worsens, Putting Rebound in Doubt

German business sentiment deteriorated further to its lowest level in more than two years as trade tensions and the rising risk of a no-deal Brexit threaten to hamper a meaningful economic rebound from a summer lull.

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