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AUTO SALES: EV sales growing faster than expected

  • Date: 27-01-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

Sales of electrified vehicles — particularly plug-in hybrids and full battery electrics — are growing faster than expected, according to a new study from Boston Consulting Group.

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LITHIUM: China’s top lithium producer struggles under debt load

  • Date: 27-01-20
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Financial Times

China’s largest lithium producer is struggling to repay debt that helped finance an aggressive overseas expansion, the latest Chinese company to hit setbacks going global.

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BATTERIES: Audi makes changes in Brussels factory for e-tron

  • Date: 26-01-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Electrive

Audi is making some major personnel changes at their Brussels plant, where the e-tron quattro electric SUV is manufactured. The jobs of at least 145 temporary workers are to be put on hold. In the worst case, this lot could threaten up to 250 employees.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Unki Mine sees 4% increase in platinum production

Anglo-American-owned platinum mine, Unki Platinum, recorded a 4% increase in platinum production to 89 400 ounces last year.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Load shedding costs Amplats R742m

JOHANNESBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) lost 38000 ounces of platinum group metals (PGM) production last year as a result of load shedding.

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SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa's mining fatalities at their lowest ever

  • Date: 24-01-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Weekly

TSHWANE ( – The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Friday announced the lowest number of mining fatalities on record, at 51 for 2019.

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MINING: Stalled Ring of Fire worth more than $117 billion

  • Date: 24-01-20
  • Category: MINING
  • Source: Regina Leader-Post

Why has mining still not begun in Ontario’s Ring of Fire mineral deposit belt a decade after its discovery? Are the deposits worthless, or are there factors beyond the control of the mining industry that are blocking progress?

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PGM PRODUCERS: Uasa delighted over Labour Court judgment against Impala Platinum

JOHANNESBURG - The Union Association of South Africa (Uasa) scored a major victory after the Labour Court ruled against Impala Platinum (Implats) for an unlawful deduction of workers' leave days during the five-month platinum belt strike in 2014.

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