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CONGO: DR Congo locks down mining area, some workers repatriated over coronavirus

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: CONGO
  • Source: Reuters

The Democratic Republic of Congo imposed a two-day lockdown in part of its copper and cobalt heartland and a union official said a Glencore mine in a neighbouring province had repatriated some foreign workers in response to an expanding coronavirus outbreak.

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FUEL CELLS: Toyota and Hino to Jointly Develop Heavy-Duty Fuel Cell Truck

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Toyota

Toyota City, Japan, March 23, 2020―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) have agreed to jointly develop a heavy-duty fuel cell truck, and to proceed with initiatives toward its practical use through verification tests and other means.

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GOLD: Gold bars in short supply due to coronavirus disruption

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: GOLD
  • Source: FT

Traders have reported a growing global shortage of gold bars, as the coronavirus outbreak both disrupts supply and stokes demand, with one business comparing the frenzied buying of the yellow metal with the consumer rush for toilet roll.

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LITHIUM: Lithium projects in Argentina suspended

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Argus Media

Australian companies involved in Argentina's lithium brine industry have suspended on-site work at projects until the end of March to comply with government's coronavirus containment measures.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Royal Bafokeng Platinum's response to COVID-19

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Royal Bafokeng Platinum

Following the President’s declaration of a National Disaster for the global COVID-19 pandemic a week ago, the President on Monday, 23 March 2020, announced a national 21-day lockdown, starting at midnight 26 March until 16 April 2020, to fundamentally disrupt the chain of transmission of the coronavirus and keep South Africans safe.

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COVID-19: EU auto industry faces unprecedented crisis

  • Date: 23-03-20
  • Category: COVID-19
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 20 March 2020 – The effect of the coronavirus on society and the global economy is unprecedented, with grave consequences for the automobile industry. Indeed, most of the members of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) have already announced temporary closures of plants due to collapsing demand, supply shortages, and government measures, and are facing cases of corona infections and quarantines among their employees.

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HYDROGEN: New Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy

  • Date: 23-03-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Green Car Congress

A coalition of major oil & gas, power, automotive, fuel cell, and hydrogen companies have developed and released the full new report, a “Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy.” The Road Map stresses the versatility of hydrogen as an enabler of the renewable energy system; an energy vector that can be transported and stored; and a fuel for the transportation sector, heating of buildings and providing heat and feedstock to industry.

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REFINING: Swiss gold refinery Argor Heraeus suspends production due to virus threat

  • Date: 23-03-20
  • Category: REFINING
  • Source: Reuters

Swiss precious metals refinery Argor Heraeus said on Monday it was suspending operations at its facility in Switzerland for two weeks from March 23.

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