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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 (miningweekly.com) – 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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RUTHENIUM: New Ru-catalysed route to high volume industrial chemicals in pilot plant stage

  • Date: 06-02-19
  • Category: RUTHENIUM
  • Source: Haldor Topsoe

The mechanical completion of the innovative first process step of the demonstration plant is the first milestone to be achieved by Braskem and Haldor Topsoe’s partnership to validate the MOSAIK™ sugar-to-biochemicals solution for production of cost-competitive bio-based MEG (monoethylene glycol). Currently, MEG is made from fossil-based feedstocks, such as naphtha, gas or coal.

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RIDE HAILING: Lyft launches 'green mode' where you request an electric vehicle, not a combustion engine

Concerns about the impact ride-hailing services are having on urban congestion and emissions are growing, so it's not too surprising that Lyft has a new option to take on one of those issues.

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DIESEL: What role does diesel play in the 2030 vehicle mix?

  • Date: 06-02-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Diesel Information Hub

The Paris Agreement and the EU’s 2030 Climate & Energy Framework will require steep cuts in CO2 emissions from transport. Currently, 25% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions come from transport, and 40% of this comes from passenger vehicles; making a switch to cleaner powertrains inevitable.

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BATTERIES: Honda partners with CATL on Li-ion EV batteries; 56 GWh by 2027

  • Date: 06-02-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) signed a cooperation agreement with Honda Motor in Tokyo to cooperate formally to develop electric vehicles for the future market.

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