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SOUTH AFRICA: AMCU leader takes diplomatic tone ahead of platinum wage talks

The leader of SA's biggest union in the platinum industry, which had the longest-ever platinum-mining strike and which self-identifies as "militant", the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union president Joseph Mathunjwa is sounding rather diplomatic.

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FUEL CELLS: Japan, E.U. and U.S. to Cooperate on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

  • Date: 16-06-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Lithium News

On June 15, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy and the United States Department of Energy issued a joint statement affirming their shared desire to strengthen trilateral cooperation on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

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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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