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ACQUISITION: BHP agrees to buy new Norilsk’s nickel tenements in Western Australia

  • Date: 19-06-20
  • Category: ACQUISITIONS
  • Source: Mining Technology

Multinational commodities giant BHP has signed a deal with Norilsk Nickel Australian Holdings’ subsidiary MPI Nickel to acquire the Honeymoon Well nickel project in Western Australia (WA).

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SOUTH AFRICA: Lesetlheng Community buries hatchet with Pilanesburg Platinum

  • Date: 19-06-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Review

Since 2012, when Pilanesberg Platinum Mine (PPM) acquired mining rights over the farm Wilgespruit, the Lesetlheng Land Committee (LLC) has engaged in a longstanding dispute and many court battles with the mine.

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AUTO SALES: Volkswagen : European Car Makers Find Glut of Unsold Vehicles

  • Date: 18-06-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Market Screener

BERLIN -- After reopening factories and sorting out supply chains, Europe's car makers are facing a new problem related to the coronavirus pandemic: a glut of unsold cars.

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AUTO SALES: European Car Sales Show First Signs of Recovery

  • Date: 18-06-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

European car sales showed first signs of a tepid recovery in May as showrooms reopened after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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BATTERIES: EV battery boom dims, for now

  • Date: 18-06-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Auto News

Three decades of advances took lithium ion batteries from powering handheld Sony camcorders to propelling Tesla’s popular electric vehicles. The rapid rise is facing a major test in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PGM PRODUCERS: S.Africa's Amplats targets mines at 75-80% capacity by end-year

JOHANNESBURG — Anglo American Platinum expects to bring its mining production back up to 75% to 80% of capacity by the end of this year as South African mines recover from a forced COVID-19 shutdown, CEO Natascha Viljoen said on Thursday.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Screening Apps and 41-Day Vacations: Keeping Miners Covid-Free

With hundreds of people living and working in close proximity, mines — and the camps that house their workers — seemed like fertile territory for the coronavirus to spread. So far, the global mining sector has yet to face the kind of outbreaks that paralyzed U.S. meat plants and wreaked havoc on the cruise industry. But, as lockdowns ease and mines start ramping up output, there’s reason to be cautious.

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AUTO SALES: Renault's hybrids reach showrooms as incentives kick in

  • Date: 18-06-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

PARIS -- Renault’s first hybrid models are going on sale this month after a short delay because of coronavirus-related factory shutdowns. The cars arrive just as France starts to roll out generous subsidies that favor electrified models. Germany and Spain also plan to launch programs that assist with the purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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