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ESKOM: Zimbabwe has not paid its debt, says Eskom

  • Date: 29-06-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: ENCA

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it has not received payment from Zimbabwe, the power utility said on Friday.

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LITHIUM: Bacanora Lithium plc Signing of Investment and Offtake Agreement with Ganfeng Lithium

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Bacanora Lithium

Bacanora Lithium plc (AIM: BCN), the London traded lithium company, is pleased to announce the signing of its Investment Agreement and Offtake Agreement ('the Strategic Investment') with Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. ("Ganfeng" or "GFL"), the world's largest lithium metals producer in terms of production capacity and the world's third largest lithium compounds producer. Both agreements, which are on substantially the same terms as outlined in the Company's announcement on 20 May 2019, have now been...

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HYDROGEN: Faurecia creates in France its global center of expertise dedicated to hydrogen fuel tanks

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Faurecia

Faurecia, one of the world’s leading automotive technology companies, is announcing the creation of a global center of expertise for hydrogen storage systems at its R&D center in Bavans, France.

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VEHICLE PARC: IHS Markit: average age of cars and light trucks in US rises again in 2019 to 11.8 years

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: VEHICLE PARC
  • Source: Green Car Congress

This acceleration of average age can easily be seen when looking across the last 17 years. From 2002-2007, the average age of light vehicles in the US increased by 3.5%. From 2008-2013, however, the increase was 12.2%. Over the last five years, the average age increase has returned to its more traditional rate—aging by 4 percent over this time period.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Why BMW backs batteries over fuel cells for passenger cars

Although BMW will launch a test fleet of X5 and X7 fuel cell variants in 2021, it remains convinced that battery power is the right choice when creating zero-emissions passenger cars.

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BATTERIES: CATL hikes investment in German battery plant

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Auto News China

Contemporary Amperex Technology, China's largest battery cell supplier, is increasing investment at its German battery plant to 1.8 billion euros (14.1 billion yuan) from a previous plan of 240 million euros to expand output.

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EMISSIONS: Better air quality makes convertibles increasingly attractive in China

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Europe Auto News

Open-air models have become rare because there is so little demand for them in the world's largest car market, but tastes in China could be changing, the boss of roof specialist Webasto says.

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JEWELLERY: Demand for gold jewellery up in SA, but imports favoured

  • Date: 28-06-19
  • Category: JEWELLERY
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The popularity of gold jewellery globally and locally has held steady, with demand increasing in South Africa, owing to the increase in middle-class spend, says the local jewellery industry custodian Jewellery Council of South Africa chairperson Chris van Rensburg.

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