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Cobalt Q&A with Lara Smith, MD of Core Consultants

DRC ban on copper and cobalt concentrates exports, cobalt sources outside the DRC, and the shift to nickel-rich batteries. Lara will take part in the cobalt session at the upcoming Battery Materials 2019, taking place in Shanghai from 10 – … Read More

Manganese market poised for possible increase

As of March 15th, the price of manganese ore was stable, but some increases are noted to prices for April delivery, suggesting that producers anticipate rising demand. However, according to Core Consultants’ latest manganese report, there are numerous manganese ore … Read More

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Rare Earth Monthly Summary: March 2019

In the March 2019 issue of the Core Consultants Rare Earth Report, we discuss how the rare earth export restrictions from Myanmar might lend support to heavy rare earth prices.

Currently the light rare earth market is suffering a supply overhang, which is further impacted by poor demand for permanent magnets.

However there is some positive support for permanent magnets expected this year from the wind power and EV sectors, especially in China. … Read More

Manganese Prices Stable-Core

After falling in January, ore prices held relatively stable in February and only slight reductions are expected for March. However, China’s production of manganese alloys has increased sharply since 1Q18, and a weak market post-Spring-Festival has prompted the Ferroalloy Industry … Read More

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ERG Halts Cobalt Metal Production at Chambishi

ERG Africa has suspended cobalt metal production at its Chambishi operations in Zambia. This represents the second move by a major cobalt producer to start suspending cobalt production in less than a week. On the last day of the African … Read More

Core Consultants Ferrochrome Report
Crunch time for ferrochrome

 Bids from major Chinese steel mills dropped consistently between October and January by a total of RMB200/tonne ($30), and South Africa’s chrome ore exports have fetched less than $200/tonne for the same period. Chrome ore prices are currently held down … Read More


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