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
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
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
Rising nickel prices, coupled with a slight overreaction to the 30 million tonnes of Vale iron ore being removed from the market in March has offered support to steel and stainless steel prices. However, this is unlikely to have any … Read More
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
On the 21st of February 2019, Lara Smith, MD of Core Consultants addressed members of the SAIMM. She demonstrated why cobalt will continue to be a Sino-African story, particularly with respect to EV battery demand. Lara Smith SAIMM presentation … Read More
Original article appeared in Mining Weekly, click to view Africa will continue to play a dominant role in the supply of cobalt for use in electric vehicle batteries, says Core Consultants Managing Director Lara Smith. Speaking at a South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) … Read More
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
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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