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PGM PROJECTS: Nornickel & Russian Platinum Ink Partnership for Norilsk Industrial District

Nornickel Russian Platinum World’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper Nornickel announced that Nornickel and Russian Platinum will continue to cooperate in the development of deposits in the Norilsk Industrial District. The companies agreed on an operational partnership to develop the promising Chernogorskoye field.

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AUTO SALES: Renault’s Electric Zoe Defies Virus With a Jump In Sales

  • Date: 20-07-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Sales of Renault SA’s all-electric Zoe car jumped 38% in the first half, a rare bright spot amid the grim fallout of the coronavirus pandemic

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PGM PROJECTS: McCollum bill puts brakes on Twin Metals, but would also affect existing iron mines

Language in a federal environmental funding bill takes aim at the controversial copper-nickel mine proposed for the same watershed as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and could also impact any future expansion plans for iron ore mines that straddle the watershed’s border.

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NORNICKEL: Nornickel to double coronavirus spending to almost $280m

  • Date: 17-07-20
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source: Mining Weekly

MOSCOW – Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel on Friday said it would double its spending this year on measures to protect against the coronavirus outbreak to 20-billion roubles ($278.5-million).

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PGM PROJECTS: Mine study begins on Marathon palladium deposit

  • Date: 17-07-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Northern Ontario Business

Generation Mining shifts into feasibility mode to take northwestern Ontario property through to development

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BATTERIES: PGMs to play a greater role in lithium-ion battery development, says PTM

  • Date: 17-07-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Platinum group metals company Platinum Group Metals (PTM) believes platinum-group metals (PGMs) will start to play a greater role in the development of more efficient lithium-ion batteries.

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AUTO SALES: Passenger car registrations: -38.1% first half of 2020; -22.3% in June

  • Date: 16-07-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 16 July 2020 – In June 2020, registrations of new passenger cars in the EU totalled 949,722 units, a drop of 22.3% compared to the same month last year, when 1,222,942 cars were sold.

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BATTERIES: BMW agrees €2bn battery cell contract with Northvolt

  • Date: 16-07-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Financial Times

BMW has signed a €2bn contract with the Swedish battery cell manufacturer Northvolt, to secure supplies for its upcoming electric models as competition for core components heats up. The premium carmaker, which has already spent €10bn on battery cell contracts with China’s CATL and Korea’s Samsung SDI, said the order would be fulfilled from 2024 when Northvolt’s Skelleftea plant is scheduled to have expanded its capacity.

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