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COVID-19: EU auto industry faces unprecedented crisis

  • Date: 23-03-20
  • Category: COVID-19
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 20 March 2020 – The effect of the coronavirus on society and the global economy is unprecedented, with grave consequences for the automobile industry. Indeed, most of the members of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) have already announced temporary closures of plants due to collapsing demand, supply shortages, and government measures, and are facing cases of corona infections and quarantines among their employees.

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HYDROGEN: New Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy

  • Date: 23-03-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Green Car Congress

A coalition of major oil & gas, power, automotive, fuel cell, and hydrogen companies have developed and released the full new report, a “Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy.” The Road Map stresses the versatility of hydrogen as an enabler of the renewable energy system; an energy vector that can be transported and stored; and a fuel for the transportation sector, heating of buildings and providing heat and feedstock to industry.

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REFINING: Swiss gold refinery Argor Heraeus suspends production due to virus threat

  • Date: 23-03-20
  • Category: REFINING
  • Source: Reuters

Swiss precious metals refinery Argor Heraeus said on Monday it was suspending operations at its facility in Switzerland for two weeks from March 23.

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GOLD: Top Indian Gold Seller Shuts Shops as Industry Grinds to a Halt

  • Date: 23-03-20
  • Category: GOLD
  • Source: Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) -- India’s jewelry industry has come to a standstill as the government locked down much of the country to try and stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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LITHIUM: Livent Provides Update On Status Of Its Argentina Operations Following Government Decree

  • Date: 23-03-20
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Livent

On March 19, 2020, the government of Argentina enacted an emergency decree ordering a national mandatory quarantine effective from March 20, 2020 through March 31, 2020. Upon issuance of this government decree, Livent began the process of stopping operations and safely moving employees and contractors off the mountain where the Salar del Hombre Muerto is located. This was a multi-day process, and the Company suspended all its production operations in the Argentinian provinces of Catamarca and

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SOUTH AFRICA: Minerals Council, Sibanye condemn false Covid-19 reports

  • Date: 23-03-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The Minerals Council South Africa says it will provide a daily update on its website if and when incidents of Covid-19 are confirmed at its members’ operations.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: SIAM, ACMA Ask Auto Industry To Shut Their Plants

Automobile makers and auto component manufacturers in India have been asked to shut their plants by their respective industry bodies in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

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SOUTH AFRICA: State is considering 21-day lockdown to halt spread of Covid-19

  • Date: 23-03-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Business Live

Individuals would only be allowed to leave their homes under strictly controlled circumstances, such as buying food, seeking medical care or visiting a pharmacy

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