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LITHIUM: Lithium markets to be oversupplied despite EV growth

  • Date: 30-11-18
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The lithium market is expected to be in oversupply in the early 2020s, despite rapid demand growth from the electric vehicle (EV) battery industry, a new report by Moody’s Investors Service states.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: BMW could force plug-in hybrids to adopt electric-only mode in polluted cities

LOS ANGELES -- BMW said it can force its plug-in hybrid cars switch to an electric-only mode in heavily polluted inner-city areas, helping its vehicles compete with full-electric rivals as a raft of cities seek to create emissions-free zones.

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PGM SUPPLY: Lonmin reports a profit as takeover looms

  • Date: 29-11-18
  • Category: PGM SUPPLY
  • Source: Financial Times

An aggressive cost cutting and efficiency programme helped platinum producer Lonmin report its first annual pre-tax profit since 2013. The results come as the century old miner is set to be acquired by South African rival Sibyane-Stillwater in an all-stock transaction that is expected to close early next year.

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DIESEL: Fiat keeping light duty diesels, for a while longer

  • Date: 29-11-18
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Auto News Europe

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to spend more than 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion) on new models and engines in Italy over the next three years to try to make better use of factories and boost jobs and margins.

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PRECIOUS METALS: Shanghai gold exchange launches "Shanghai silver" and prepare listing palladium and platinum quote trading on 2019 New Year's day

Sina finance and economics is sent on November 29, Shanghai gold already became the world's biggest floor gold spot exchange continuously for 11 years, silver trades volume to also reside global floor to trade the market the 3rd. Recently, the company plans to launch innovative trading models and products, including: it plans to launch "Shanghai silver" price benchmark and other innovative business models and trading products after the "Shanghai gold" price benchmark; The system of one-way margi

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EMISSIONS: Europe should end carbon emissions from transport by 2050, the European Commission said today

  • Date: 28-11-18
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Transport Environment

T&E also said EU leaders need to increase the ambition of Europe’s regulations for cars, vans and trucks if the 2050 strategy is to be achieved. The Commission has an opportunity to deliver its new strategy by siding with the European Parliament’s more ambitious plans in the ongoing negotiations about CO2 standards for cars and trucks.

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PLATINUM: Platinum demand surplus to top 500,000 oz in 2018 as jewellery disappoints

  • Date: 28-11-18
  • Category: PLATINUM
  • Source: Mining MX

There would be a demand surplus in platinum of 505,000 ounces in 2018 as consumption of the metal in jewellery failed to fire and despite slightly lower overall supply.

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BATTERIES: Johnson Controls and Toshiba partner to bring leading automakers low-voltage lithium-ion solutions; dual-battery systems

  • Date: 28-11-18
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Johnson Controls Power Solutions and Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation have partnered to deliver low-voltage lithium-ion solutions to meet automaker demands for improved efficiency, lower costs and less complexity.

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