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PGM PRODUCERS: Mine employees heeding call to return to work turned away at roadblocks

The request by Impala Platinum (Implats) for some employees to return to work on Tuesday was disrupted by roadblocks preventing workers reaching the mine.

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PGM PRODUCERS: NUM urges Impala Platinum workers not to go back to work

  • Date: 14-04-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Eye Witness News

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it wasn’t consulted by Impala Platinum of the company’s plans to resume operations this week.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Limited mining and processing for Sibanye-Stillwater approved

Approval for limited mining and processing at the South Africa operations have been received, subject to the implementation of agreed protocols to address COVID-19 related health and safety risks.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Sibanye-Stillwater to restart as South Africa's lockdown extends

The company said yesterday it had received approval for limited mining and processing at its South Africa operations from April 14, "subject to the implementation of agreed protocols to address COVID-19 related health and safety risks".

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COVID-19: Nornickel allocates $142.72 mln to combat coronavirus

  • Date: 13-04-20
  • Category: COVID-19
  • Source: TASS

In particular, the money is being used to purchase medical supplies, including medicine and personal protective equipment for medical institutions and Nornickel Group enterprises and employees

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COVID-19: COVID-19 recession worst in terms of change in real GDP since Great Depression; real GDP to fall 10% to 15% in 2020

  • Date: 10-04-20
  • Category: COVID-19
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Current analysis by Strategy Analytics (SA) indicates that the severity of the COVID-19-induced 2020 Recession as measured by change in Real GDP will be unprecedented looking back to the Great Depression. The recession will disrupt Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, and IT infrastructure businesses worldwide before recovery in 2021, the firm said.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: COVID-19: Can Battery Electric Car Sales Buck the Trend?

Much current automotive analysis concerns the impact of COVID-19 on headline vehicles sales and production numbers. And rightly so, as these are being downgraded in an unprecedented way as markets endure near-shutdown conditions. But this was supposed to be the year when electrification of the European car market, particularly battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales, really moved up a gear.

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AUTO SALES: Fuel types of new trucks: diesel 97.9%, electric 0.2%, hybrid 0.1% market share in 2019

  • Date: 08-04-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 8 April 2020 – In 2019, 97.9% of all new medium and heavy trucks (over 3.5 tonnes) registered in the European Union ran on diesel, while petrol fuelled only 0.1% of last year’s registrations. Electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECV) accounted for 0.2% of total new truck sales across the region, while all alternatively-powered vehicles (APV) combined made up 2% of the EU market.

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