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AUTO PRODUCTION: 298 automobile factories operating across Europe, new data shows

Brussels, 6 May 2020 – 298 automobile assembly and engine production plants operate in Europe today, according to freshly-updated data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Cars, vans, trucks, buses and engines are manufactured at these factories, 196 of which are situated within the European Union (EU27).

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PGM PROJECTS: Groups, businesses sue over environmental review of Twin Metals mineral lease renewal

  • Date: 06-05-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Grand Forks Herald

DULUTH — A coalition of environmental groups and canoe outfitters sued the Trump administration on Wednesday, May 6, arguing federal agencies failed to conduct a thorough environmental review ahead of the renewal of key leases to Twin Metals, the proposed copper-nickel mine within the same watershed as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Anglo American Platinum ramps up ACP plant to restart refined PGM production

  • Date: 05-05-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Anglo American Platinum

Anglo American Platinum has safely and successfully completed the repair of the Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) Phase B unit. The ACP and full downstream processing operations are completing a safe ramp-up and expect to be fully operational from 12 May 2020. Force majeure to suppliers of concentrate will be lifted on that date.

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AUTO SALES: Coronavirus: UK car sales plunge to lowest level since 1946

New car registrations almost ground to a halt in April after coronavirus lockdown measures were introduced, the motor industry has said.

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AUTO SALES: Pickup Trucks Outsell Sedans in U.S. for the First Time Ever

  • Date: 05-05-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

In all the years Chevy has sold Silverados and Ford trafficked in F-150s, few in Detroit ever dreamed the day would come that pickups would outsell passenger cars.

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AUTO NEWS: 25 actions for a successful restart of the EU's automotive sector

  • Date: 05-05-20
  • Category: AUTO NEWS
  • Source: CLEPA

Covid-19 is having a major impact on the economy with retail and manufacturing activity at a deep low and concerns mounting on consumer sentiment. The European automotive sector is hit particularly hard. Most activities in the sector were stopped for several weeks, which is an unprecedented situation. Many actors in the sector are under great economic stress and in need of government support.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Implats flags further update after cutting guidance

Impala Platinum (JSE: IMP) said it planned to issue a further market update ahead of June 30 as it revised FY20 capex, slashed production guidance and withdrew unit cost guidance due to the “highly uncertain” operating environment stemming from COVID-19.

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EXPLORATION: PGMs: Sunday Lake returns high grade for Impala, Transition

  • Date: 05-05-20
  • Category: EXPLORATION
  • Source: Canadian Mining Journal

Ontario – Drilling at Impala Platinum and Transition Metals‘ Sunday Lake property, 25 km north of Thunder Bay, has returned high-grade intercepts of up to 4.28 g/t total platinum group metals (PGM) over 9.2 metres.

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