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HYDROGEN: Hydrogen Council adds new members, including Umicore

  • Date: 27-07-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Hydrogen Council

Brussels, 27 July 2020 – The Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led coalition working to enable the global energy transition through hydrogen, has today announced 11 new members. The news comes at a pivotal moment for the world’s sustainable economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and further bonds the industry’s commitment to leverage hydrogen solutions to build a cleaner, more resilient economy post-COVID.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Anglo American Platinum interim results 2020

  • Date: 27-07-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Anglo American Platinum

The first six months of 2020 was challenging in many respects for Anglo American Platinum, with the temporary closure of the Anglo Converter Plant and the Covid-19 pandemic impacting production. Despite these challenges, we recorded a solid financial performance, driven by stronger prices for our metals.

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RUTHENIUM: New Ru-based catalysts can convert CO2 into useful methanol fuel

  • Date: 26-07-20
  • Category: RUTHENIUM
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Inspired by naturally occurring processes, a team of Boston College chemists used a multi-catalyst system to convert carbon dioxide to methanol at the lowest temperatures reported with high activity and selectivity. A paper on the work is published in the journal Chem.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.K. Grid Planning for 30 Million Electric Cars by 2040

The number of electric cars on Britain’s roads will jump to 30 million in the next 20 years, helped by government policies to phase out the sale of polluting cars.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Implats trading statement for the year ended 30 June 2020

A significant increase in the dollar basket price for PGMs, together with rand depreciation, has resulted in a higher rand PGM basket price received by Implats during the year ended 30 June 2020. Consequently, the Group is expecting headline earnings and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the period, to be significantly more than 20% higher than that reported for the year ended 30 June 2019. Headline earnings and HEPS for the comparative period were R3 038 million and 423 cents respectively

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AUTO SALES: Global Truck market snapshot for H2 2020

  • Date: 23-07-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: LMC Automotive

Global vehicle sales, including Medium and Heavy Truck sales, plummeted at an unprecedented rate over the March-May period as stringent lockdowns across the world brought activity to a near standstill. But economic growth is expected to normalise after the extreme shock in Q2 once the measures are lifted. The assumption of a relatively swift bounceback is based on the nature of the crisis: this is not a recession that has been triggered by economic imbalances or policy mistakes. Rather, it is th

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AUTO SALES: Commercial vehicle registrations: -33.7% first half of 2020; -20.3% in June

  • Date: 23-07-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

In June 2020, demand for new commercial vehicle across the EU remained weak (-20.3%), although the rate of decline slowed compared to April and May. The drop was less pronounced in the van segment, easing the overall result. The truck and bus segments however are still struggling. Three out of the four largest markets in the region posted double-digit percentage declines last month: Germany (-30.5%), Spain (-24.2%) and Italy (-12.8%), while France recorded a modest increase (+2.2%).

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AUTO SALES: Audi Expects Pre-Pandemic Car Sales Levels by 2022/2023

  • Date: 23-07-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: New York Times

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen's luxury car unit Audi expects car sales to reach pre-COVID-19 levels only by 2022 or 2023, Chief Executive Markus Duesmann told a German business daily.

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