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BATTERIES: BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe advance as planned

  • Date: 15-06-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Automotive World

Preparations and construction of BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe are advancing as planned. After the casting of the foundation for its precursor cathode active material (PCAM) plant in Harjavalta, Finland, BASF has officially started construction. In addition, BASF has secured the construction permits to begin building the new cathode active material (CAM) plant in Schwarzheide, Germany.

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NORNICKEL: Fuel spill in Siberia to cost Nornickel over $150 million

  • Date: 14-06-20
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source:

Clean-up costs for the fuel spill that took place in late May at Nornickel’s Heat and Power Plant № 3 near Norilsk, in north-central Russia, add up to $150 million, according to information released by the company this week.

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SOUTH AFRICA: COVID-19 hits North West mining industry hard

BOJANALA - The mining industry in the North West province has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy President David Mabuza visited the province this week to assess its readiness to deal with the crisis. Mabuza said partnerships between traditional leaders, mining companies and the provincial government will improve contact tracing in the province, curbing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Renault sees growing threat from imports of Chinese EVs

A flood of Chinese electric cars coming ashore in Norway -- one of the biggest markets for battery-powered vehicles in Europe -- is a sign of the “ferocious competition” awaiting the region’s automakers.

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HYRDOGEN: Japan scientists develop new catalyst capable of assisting three different key hydrogen reactions

  • Date: 12-06-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Scientists from Kyushu University and Kumamoto University in Japan have developed a new catalyst capable of assisting three key reactions for using hydrogen in energy and industry. Inspired by three types of enzymes in nature, this research can help elucidate unknown relationships among catalysts, paving the way for efficient use of hydrogen gas as a next-generation energy source in the future.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Tesla Nears Historic Milestone of World’s Most Valuable Carmaker

Shares in Musk’s automaker have risen more than 20% this month The surge in Tesla Inc.’s shares so far this month moved Elon Musk’s company even closer to displacing Toyota Motor Corp. as the world’s most valuable carmaker.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Tharisa PLC now operating chrome and PGM mines at full capacity, and enjoying renewed commodity price strength

  • Date: 11-06-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Pro Active Investors

No one could doubt that the world now is a very different place to the world as it seemed at the beginning of this year. Coronavirus has come and wreaked havoc on the health and wellbeing of millions around the world, and disrupted markets and income streams everywhere.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Anglo American Platinum update on ACP Phase B repair

  • Date: 10-06-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Anglo American Platinum

Anglo American Platinum announced on 3 June 2020 that a water leak had been detected in the high-pressure cooling section of the Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) Phase B unit. All employees were safely evacuated as a precaution. The Company took the decision to temporarily close the ACP Phase B unit to secure a safe operating environment, protect employees and protect the integrity of the plant.

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