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AUTO SALES: Passenger car registrations: -7.4% first two months of 2020; -7.4% in February

  • Date: 18-03-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

In February 2020, the EU passenger car market contracted by 7.4% to 957,052 units registered. This decline was the result of a combination of factors, including changes to vehicle taxation in various EU member states (which brought registrations forward to December 2019), weakening global economic conditions and consumer uncertainty. Germany recorded the most significant drop (-10.8%), followed by Italy (-8.8%), Spain (-6.0%) and France (-2.7%).

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EMISSIONS: FADA asks for BSVI deadline extension to May 31

  • Date: 18-03-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Overdrive

The ongoing spread of the COVID-19 disease and the measures the government has announced to contain its spread has hit auto dealers looking to clear BSVI inventory hard. The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) has now appealed to the Supreme Court to consider extending the deadline for implementation of BSVI standards to May 31. The dealer body had made a similar appeal in February but the Court had turned it down then. The current cut-off date for sale of BSIV vehicles is April

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HYDROGEN: Miners collaborate on green hydrogen

  • Date: 18-03-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Mining Magazine

Anglo American, BHP, Fortescue and Hatch have formed a Green Hydrogen Consortium to look at ways of using green hydrogen to accelerate decarbonisation within their operations globally.

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PGM PRODUCERS: RBPlats accepts delayed payment terms for BRPM concentrate

  • Date: 18-03-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Royal Bafokeng Platinum

Security holders are referred to the announcement made by RBPlat on the Stock Exchange News Service on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 in which it notified security holders of the force majeure event claimed (the event) by Anglo American Platinum Limited (Amplats) under the Disposal of Concentrate Agreement (DOCA) between Royal Bafokeng Resources Proprietary Limited (RBR), a wholly owned subsidiary of RBPlat, and Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited (RPM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Amplats.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Geely could give Europe's automakers a lesson in beating coronavirus

The European auto industry is in a dark place right now after the coronavirus forced the temporary closure of many factories. In China, however, life is returning to some sort of normality and the steps taken by Geely to get back on its feet give us a look at how that might be achieved for European automakers.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Minerals Council OF South Africa response to Covid-19

  • Date: 18-03-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Minerals Council

Johannesburg, 18 March 2020: The Minerals Council South Africa yesterday held a special board meeting on the COVID-19 challenges facing the mining industry, with a view to further developing strategies and responses to minimise the virus’s impact on the industry and its employees. Minerals Council CEO, Roger Baxter, notes that: “The mining industry’s preparedness plans are very far advanced, based on established risk-management principles, and are currently being implemented and amended as this

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AUTO PRODUCTION: LMC Automotive COVID-19 - Plant Update

The automotive industry’s focus is now shifting to the widely reported new epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak, Europe. Demand as well as supply-side impacts upon light vehicle production are emerging as more aggressive policies to contain and delay the spread of COVID-19 are being introduced by an increasing number of countries in the region.

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DIESEL: February’s Diesel Car Market Share was the Strongest Since July 2019

  • Date: 18-03-20
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: LMC Automotive

The theme of near plateauing of the diesel car mix continued in February with a preliminary diesel share of 31.8% being recorded across the region.

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