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PGM PRODUCERS: Sylvania delivers despite challenging quarter

  • Date: 31-01-19
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Research Channel

Despite a number of challenges, Sylvania Platinum’s Sylvania Dump Operations (SDO) produced 14 907 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) during the second quarter ended December 31, 2018. Late summer rains had resulted in make-up water boreholes on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex drying up. As a result, the Lesedi operation had no process water for 20 days.

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EMISSIONS: After WLTP emissions testing chaos, EVAP headache looms

  • Date: 31-01-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto News Europe

Automakers are bracing themselves for added costs and renewed market volatilities as the next stage of Europe's new WLTP testing regime goes into effect later this year.

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PGM SUPPLY: Nornickel to boost nickel, palladium output in 2019

  • Date: 30-01-19
  • Category: PGM SUPPLY
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Russia's Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel), the world's largest palladium producer, said on Wednesday its output of palladium and nickel from Russian raw material would increase in 2019.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Minerals Council's Langenhoven warns of tipping point for mining if electricity tariffs increase by 15% a year

  • Date: 30-01-19
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – State-owned utility Eskom’s proposed tariff increases would cost some 150 000 direct mining jobs, all but eliminate the gold sector and, as a consequence, reduce Eskom’s mining client base by around 36%, thereby exacerbating the utility’s “death spiral”, Minerals Council South Africa chief economist Henk Langenhoven said on Wednesday.

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DIESEL: Volkswagen customers in Germany ordering more diesel vehicles; share of 43% in 2018, vs. 39% in 2017

  • Date: 30-01-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Customers of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand in Germany are once again placing more orders for diesel vehicles. In 2018, the share of incoming orders for vehicles equipped with the latest diesel technology as a proportion of the overall vehicle portfolio was 43% compared to 39% in 2017.

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AUTO NEWS: Global automotive market report - Q4 2018

  • Date: 30-01-19
  • Category: AUTO NEWS
  • Source: Just Auto

The global vehicle market was virtually flat in 2018, but the fourth quarter showed a near 5% year-on-year drop on the back of a similarly sized decline posted in Q3. Dave Leggett takes a look at the market numbers and considers the outlook for 2019.

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RIDE HAILING: China’s ride-hailing giant is getting into the electric-car business

China’s ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is making a bet on electric cars. It’s also betting on battery-swapping technology, which has stalled in the US but is revving up in China.

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LITHIUM: Oversold Lithium could be about to rally

  • Date: 30-01-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Green Car Congress

It’s been a decade of lows for commodities after posting 7 declines in 11 years, but we’ve seriously underestimated lithium. It’s back with a vengeance in 2019.

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