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PGM PRODUCERS: Lonmin First Quarter 2019 Production Report and Business Update

Lonmin Plc ("Lonmin" or "the Company"), one of the world's largest primary platinum producers, today announces its unaudited Quarter 1 2019 production results for the three months to 31 December 2018 and provides an operational update.

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MACROECONOMICS: EU Slashes Growth Forecasts and Warns Over Brexit, China

The European Commission slashed its growth forecasts for all the euro region’s major economies from Germany to Italy and warned that Brexit and the slowdown in China threaten to make the outlook even worse.

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DIESEL: Europe's Diesel Drivers Beware: Heftier Tax Is Coming Your Way

  • Date: 07-02-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Bloomberg

Here’s another reason not to buy a diesel-powered car, and why consumption of the fuel could ebb in one of the world’s biggest demand centers: tax.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Fuel types of new cars: diesel -23.6%, electric +33.1% in fourth quarter of 2018

Brussels, 7 February 2019 – In the fourth quarter of 2018, diesel’s share of the market fell from 41.2% to 34.1%, while petrol continued to further expand its share of new car registrations (from 52.3% to 57.2%).

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PGM PRODUCERS: Northam post record operating profit

Northam is pleased to announce that it expects to report a record operating profit for an interim period amounting to R1.0 billion for the six month ended 31 December 2018, representing an increase of 204.3% from the comparative prior period (H1 F2018: R338.8 million). Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) is expected to increase to R1.1 billion for the interim period (H1 F2018: R532.8 million), representing an EBITDA margin of 22.6%.

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EMISSIONS: Daimler says emissions will be up in 2018 and 2019 due to WLTP

  • Date: 07-02-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Europe Auto News

FRANKFURT -- Daimler's average vehicle emissions levels in Europe will rise in 2018 and 2019 because stricter anti-pollution testing rules have revealed higher results, CEO Dieter Zetsche said on Thursday.

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RUTHENIUM: Novel Ru electrocatalyst outperforms Pt in alkaline hydrogen production

  • Date: 07-02-19
  • Category: RUTHENIUM
  • Source: UC Santa Cruz

Ruthenium catalyst has potential applications in sustainable hydrogen production for clean energy and in industrial processes

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PLATINUM: Minerals Council’s national platinum strategy targets real potential

  • Date: 06-02-19
  • Category: PLATINUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

CAPE TOWN ( – The Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday launched a national platinum strategy, which aims at sustaining a million jobs and contributing R8.2-trillion to South Africa’s economy by 2050.

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