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AUTO PRODUCTION: Toyota to give royalty-free access to hybrid-vehicle patents

Toyota Motor Corp said it would offer royalty-free access to its hybrid-vehicle technology patents through 2030, as it seeks to expand use of lower emissions vehicles before the global auto industry shifts to all-battery electric cars.

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HYDROGEN: Full steam ahead for hydrogen in Korea

  • Date: 03-04-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Just Auto

While the rest of the world seems fixed on driving up the use of electric and hybrid vehicles to help reduce emissions and energy consumption, the South Korean government is putting forward a transportation policy based on hydrogen power.

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BATTERIES: Battery Reality: There’s Nothing Better Than Lithium-Ion Coming Soon

  • Date: 03-04-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Clean-energy visionaries have long argued that the world needs a better battery capable of selling skeptical consumers on electric cars and running the grid on renewable power. And yet the battery of the future—at least for the coming decade—will almost certainly be the battery of the past.

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BATTERIES: Battery Reality: There’s Nothing Better Than Lithium-Ion Coming Soon

  • Date: 03-04-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Clean-energy visionaries have long argued that the world needs a better battery capable of selling skeptical consumers on electric cars and running the grid on renewable power. And yet the battery of the future—at least for the coming decade—will almost certainly be the battery of the past.

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COBALT: MMG Joins Glencore, ERG Reviewing Congo Plans After Tax Hike

  • Date: 03-04-19
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Bloomberg

Yet another foreign miner in the Democratic Republic of Congo is reviewing its future production plans after the government increased taxes and removed investor safeguards despite industry protests.

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AUTO SALES: Hangover From Tax ‘Euphoria’ Hits U.S. Car Buyers

  • Date: 02-04-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Most major automakers capped the first quarter with declining U.S. sales again in March, as the sugar high from last year’s tax cuts wore off and the economy lost steam.

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JEWELLERY: Hong Kong's retail sales value fell 10.1% in February.

  • Date: 02-04-19
  • Category: JEWELLERY
  • Source: Jewellery.org

According to the Hong Kong SAR Government News Network, the Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced on April 1 that the value of total retail sales in February was estimated to be 40.7 billion yuan (HK$, the same below), down 10.1% year-on-year; Total retail sales in February fell 10.4%. However, the Hong Kong Government said that the employment of all people and the inbound tourism industry continued to grow, which is expected to bring support.

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MACROECONOMICS: German Factory Slump Leaves Euro Area as Global Economic Laggard

Monday saw the region hit with another round of bad news, from the worst German manufacturing performance in almost seven years to euro-area core inflation at its weakest in 11 months. Italy’s industrial contraction deepened, and a euro-wide measure is signaling multi-year lows for confidence and demand.

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