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CHROME: Samancor to cut chrome ore, ferrochrome output

  • Date: 06-12-19
  • Category: CHROME
  • Source: Mining Weekly

A continued deterioration in market conditions, depressed prices and higher electricity tariffs has prompted Samancor Chrome to reduce its chrome ore and ferrochrome production levels for 2020.

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Eskom Steps Up South African Power Cuts as More Plants Fail

  • Date: 06-12-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Bloomberg

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. expanded a schedule of rolling blackouts across South Africa after more of the state-owned utility’s generating units failed, spotlighting the fragility of the power supply system.

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NORNICKEL: Nornickel Starts Trial of Tokenized Metal Trading Platform

  • Date: 06-12-19
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source: Coin Trust

Russian smelter Nornickel has begun trialing it metal trading platform developed using blockchain technology.

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EMISSIONS: Zero-emission trucks require radical policy changes, says ACEA as new fleet data is released

  • Date: 06-12-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 6 December 2019 – On the occasion of the COP25 UN climate conference taking place this week, the CEOs of Europe’s truck makers re-confirm their full commitment to help make the transition to carbon-neutral and zero-emission freight transport.

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AUTO SALES: Record demand for alternatively fuelled cars in November but overall UK market falls -1.3%

  • Date: 05-12-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: SMMT

The UK new car market fell -1.3% in November, with 156,621 models registered, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This maintains the downward trend for new car registrations throughout 2019, as multiple factors, including weak business and consumer confidence, economic uncertainty and confusion over diesel and clean air zones, combined to affect demand.

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HYDROGEN: AFC Energy Launches Zero Emission H-PowerTM EV Charger System

  • Date: 05-12-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Fleet Point

AFC Energy (AIM: AFC), the leading hydrogen power company, has today announced the launch of its zero emissions electric vehicle (EV) charger based on hydrogen fuel cell technology. The self-contained, zero emission charging system overcomes issues associated with poor grid coverage to provide rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging anywhere it is needed.

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BATTERIES: GM, LG Chem to announce EV battery joint venture in Ohio

  • Date: 05-12-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Reuters

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors (GM.N) and South Korea’s LG Chem (051910.KS) are set to announce on Thursday a 50:50 joint venture in Ohio to make electric vehicle batteries, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: China’s automakers look to reverse sharp EV market decline

Since the government cut subsidies in June, China's new energy vehicle (NEV) market - comprising mainly electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles - has been in free-fall. After growing by almost 59% to 617,000 units in the first half of 2019, NEV sales in the country declined by over 27% to 326,000 units in the four months between July-October - according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

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