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ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe sees no radical change for platinum, diamond ownership

  • Date: 27-11-18
  • Category: ZIMBABWE
  • Source: Mining Weekly

LONDON – Zimbabwe does not plan to change its ownership rules for diamonds and platinum, its mining minister said on Monday, denting hopes among some miners the country will open up ownership as it announces mineral frameworks in coming weeks.

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JEWELLERY: The consumption of gold jewelry is stable, and the k-gold and 3D hard gold are becoming new highlights of consumption

  • Date: 27-11-18
  • Category: JEWELLERY
  • Source: Jewellery.org

By the end of September 2018, shenzhen jewelry industry has more than 5,000 legal person registered enterprises, more than 15,000 individual industrial and commercial businesses, about 30 wholesale markets for large and small jewelry transactions, about 150 billion yuan of industrial manufacturing and processing value, 45 billion yuan of wholesale and retail trade value, and more than 150,000 industrial workers. Shenzhen's annual physical delivery of gold and platinum accounted for 70% of the ph

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FUEL CELLS: Air Liquide to build first world scale liquid hydrogen production plant dedicated to the supply of Hydrogen energy markets

  • Date: 26-11-18
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Air Liquide

Air Liquide will build the first world scale liquid hydrogen production unit dedicated to the hydrogen energy markets, located in the Western U.S., and has signed a long-term agreement with FirstElement Fuel Inc (FEF), a leader in retail hydrogen infrastructure in the U.S., to supply hydrogen to FEF’s retail liquid hydrogen fueling stations in California. These new commitments will serve the growing needs of the hydrogen mobility market in California and help enable and complement the deployment

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: EEA report: EVs are better for climate and air quality

Battery electric cars emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their entire life cycle than petrol and diesel cars, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report. Promoting renewable energy and circular economy—including the shared use of vehicles and product design that supports reuse and recycling—will help maximize the benefits of shifting to electric vehicles, according to the report.

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JEWELLERY: Platinum industry frets over Sibanye

  • Date: 25-11-18
  • Category: JEWELLERY
  • Source: Business Live

As the Platinum Guild International tries to stem the decline in Chinese demand for platinum jewellery, the industry body is fretting about what Sibanye-Stillwater’s takeover of Lonmin to create a new power in the sector will mean for its marketing effort in the world’s most important platinum jewellery segment.

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BATTERIES: JRC: Europe must take steps to boost supply of cobalt for EV batteries

  • Date: 25-11-18
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The coming electric vehicle boom will significantly increase the demand for cobalt in the EU and globally. As a result, demand is expected to exceed supply already in 2020 and the EU must take steps to boost supply and curb demand without hindering the growth in electric vehicles, according to a new JRC (Joint Research Center) report.

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HYDROGEN: UK natural gas distributors eye large-scale gas grid conversion to hydrogen

  • Date: 23-11-18
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: SP Global

UK gas distributors Northern Gas Networks and Cadent -- together with Norway's Equinor -- propose the conversion of parts of the UK gas grid to hydrogen starting in 2028 in order to provide the start of the "deep decarbonization" of heating in the country.

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MACROECONOMICS: Euro-Area Economy Puts Another Dent in ECB Hopes for Rebound

The euro-area economy stumbled again this month, with a key indicator falling to the lowest in four years, denting expectations for an economic pickup after a summer slowdown.

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