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MACROECONOMICS: France Exacerbates Euro-Area Slowdown as China Weakness Mounts

A gauge of manufacturing and services in the euro region unexpectedly dropped to its lowest in just over four years in December. While the drop was driven mainly by France where the “Yellow Vests” movement led to a contraction, there’s also signs that underlying momentum is dropping off.

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EMISSIONS: EU court backs cities' complaint on emissions, scraps higher NOx limits

  • Date: 14-12-18
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Reuters

A European Union court upheld on Thursday a complaint by the city authorities of Paris, Brussels and Madrid against an EU rule change on vehicle emissions they said had increased pollution, and it partly overturned the regulation.

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LITHIUM: Mineral Resources and Albemarle agree $1.15bn lithium deal

  • Date: 14-12-18
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Australia's Mineral Resources on Friday signed a binding deal to sell a stake in its Wodgina Lithium Project and form a lithium joint venture with US-based Albemarle Corp for $1.15-billion.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Ex-Porsche CEO tries to save combustion engine from scrapheap

As tightening emissions rules in China and elsewhere force the car industry to embrace battery power, a German startup says it has the technology to give the combustion engine a reprieve.

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AUTO SALES: European Car Sales Slump in November With No Sign of Rebound

  • Date: 14-12-18
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Automaker shares fell after the European Automobile Manufacturers Association reported passenger-car registrations slid 8.1 percent in the in November from a year earlier. That dragged down year-to-date growth to 0.6 percent in the European Union and European Free Trade Association area.

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FUEL CELLS: Argonne scientists maximize the effectiveness of platinum in fuel cells

  • Date: 13-12-18
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Argonne National Laboratory

Platinum is a precious metal more rare than silver or gold. Renowned in the fuel cell community for its effectiveness in converting hydrogen and oxygen into water and electricity, platinum offers unrivaled activity and stability for electrochemical reactions.

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LITHIUM: Bacanora plans to list German subsidiary in 2019

  • Date: 13-12-18
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Project developer Bacanora Lithium is planning a 2019 stock exchange listing for the subsidiary that holds its Zinnwald lithium deposit, in Germany.

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LITHIUM: Cauchari feasibility study gets under way

  • Date: 13-12-18
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Advantage Lithium, the 75% owner of the Argentina-based Cauchari joint venture with Orocobre, has appointed GHD Chile to complete early engineering geared towards completing a feasibility study by June next year.

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