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Galaxy Begins Shipping Lithium from Mt. Cattlin

December 16, 2016 |

This article first appeared on InvestorIntel on the 12th December 2016. It features some of my thoughts on Galaxy Lithium… View Article


Ferrochrome Waking Up From An Eight Year Nightmare


Merafe published its European ferrochrome benchmark for 1Q17 at $1.65/lb, up from $1.10 in the fourth quarter. These higher prices… View Article

Global connectivity

The Internet of Things

December 7, 2016 |

The Internet of things: Can Machines Save South Africa’s Mines?   This a sobering presentation for the South African mining industry…. View Article

Rare earth periodic table

Does China Intend To Own ALL The World’s Rare Earths?

December 5, 2016 |

Core Consultants has just released its December rare earth report- the last report for 2016! It has certainly been a… View Article

Copper wire

Institutional Challenges Overshadow Zambia And DRC


David Creamer, CEO of Core Africa and Lara Smith were interviewed by Nadine James from Mining Weekly regarding the challenges… View Article

cobalt artisinal miners in the DRC

From Kolwezi To iPhones: The Cobalt Supply Chain

October 5, 2016 |

On the 30th September 2016, The Washington Post published an extremely indepth and informative article on the horrors of the… View Article

Bauxite Mine, Guinea

Bauxite Prices Constrained Owing To Surplus Aluminium Stocks

September 6, 2016 |

In August Core Consultants reviewed a feasibility study for a bauxite deposit in Guinea. The report focused on the economic… View Article

rare earth elements

China Consolidates South Rare Earth Group

August 30, 2016 |

Core Consultants released its August 2016 Monthly Rare Earth Report. The main topics discussed in this feature include: China consolidates… View Article

nickel costs

Nickel Market To Move Into Deficit This Year

August 23, 2016 |

This article first appeared on InvestorIntel on the 2nd of August 2016 and describes Core Consultants’ view of the nickel market… View Article

Iron Ore Prices To Remain Below $50/tonne

July 4, 2016 |

The iron ore marketing remains in oversupply. The combination of a weak steel demand, the commissioning of new low cost… View Article

SRB Stockpiling Ends In Stalemate-Core Report

June 27, 2016 |

The main topics in this feature include: Potential for new round of stockpiling SuperLig®-One plant successful India to develop rare… View Article

Mining In Mozambique The End Of A Chapter

June 26, 2016 |

Until very recently, Mozambique was the star performer in SSA (sub Saharan Africa), with growth averaging above 7% per annum… View Article

Ferrochrome Benchmark Prices Settled up 16c/lb

June 23, 2016 |

The European ferrochrome benchmark price for the third quarter was settled at 98c/lb compared to 82c/lb in the second quarter…. View Article

Two Pennies On The EU Referendum: An analyst’s Opinion On Brexit

June 22, 2016 |

Denny Sabah has an Honors in International Relations and Diplomacy and Economics and is a long-standing friend of Core Consultants,… View Article

Manganese Market Falters On Higher Stocks

June 21, 2016 |

Ore stocks at Chinese ports reached 2.17m tonnes, compared to 1.8m tonnes in May. Furthermore, it has been confirmed that… View Article

China Reforms Its Resource Taxes-Rare Earth Summary-

June 3, 2016 |

Core Consultants has now released its June Rare Earth Monthly Report. The main topics in this feature looks at China’s… View Article

Tenke, China Moly and African Taxes

May 26, 2016 |

Tenke Fungurume was acquired by China Molybdenum on has just been taken acquired by China Molybdenum. In the last 12… View Article

Lithium Project Roundup

May 19, 2016 |

We track the latest progress in key lithium projects over the last week:  Enertopia Corporation (ENRT-OTCQB) revealed that it closed… View Article

Power Infrastructure is Paramount for Botswana’s Mining


Those aiming to invest in Botswana as a mining destination need to consider installing power lines and improving transport, says… View Article

Conflict Minerals: Responsibility falls to the Ultimate End Users


The concept of conflict minerals is becoming increasingly topical. In particular, as cobalt scarcity increases, a closer eye is being… View Article

Can Lithium Demand Continue Indefinitely?


To quote Robert Friedland at the 2016 121 Mining Convention held in Cape Town, “The lithium market will end in… View Article

China Shopping For Copper And Gold Assets

May 16, 2016 |

China Molybdenum (CMOC) has long earned its reputation as a highly acquisitive company. In 2015, it made its intentions known… View Article

Electric Bikes Expected To Double This Year

May 12, 2016 |

Growth in the electric bike (e-bike) market is often sidelined with the focus being on the electric vehicle market. However,… View Article

Rare Earth Stockpiling Or Another False Start?

May 3, 2016 |

Core Consultants published its May edition of the Monthly Rare Earth Report. The main topics in this feature include: MIIT new… View Article

BREAKING NEWS: Congress Signs Bill Prohibiting The Import Of Raw Materials Originating From Africa

March 2, 2016 |

On the 26th of February, the US Federal Reserve signed a bill prohibiting the import of key raw materials from… View Article

Cobalt, Bauxite, Lithium to Outperform in 2016

February 16, 2016 |

The annual 121 mining investment event commences in Cape Town next week.Core Consultants have been invited to participate in a… View Article

Philippines Likely To Ban Export Of Nickel Ore, Says Consultancy

April 17, 2015 |

  To take full advantage of its booming nickel production, there is internal pressure on the Philippines to encourage local… View Article

Botswana Still Auspicious Mining Jurisdiction

February 20, 2015 |

Having ranked consistently as one of the top mining jurisdictions in Africa, Botswana remains a popular mining destination for investment… View Article

Several Challenges Hampering Investment In Africa

January 16, 2015 |

African mining is expected to remain depressed, says mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith, who believes 2015 will be… View Article

Commodity Focus: Update On The Iron Ore Market

October 24, 2014 |

The iron ore market is expected to be in surplus for the next few years and possibly even the next… View Article

Core Consultants To Present At International Ferroalloys Conference

October 22, 2014 |

Lara Smith from Core Consultants will present a paper at the 30th Metal Bulletin International Ferroalloys Conference from the 9th-12th… View Article

Third Quarter 2014 Ferrochrome Market Summary

October 7, 2014 |

Stainless steel production in 3Q14 fell to 10.49m tonnes compared to 10.8m tonnes in 2Q14. The main reason for the… View Article

European Ferrochrome Benchmark Settled At $1.15/lb

September 24, 2014 |

Dear Ferrochrome Subscribers Kindly note that the fourth quarter European HC-Ferrochrome benchmark was settled earlier than expected at $1.15/lb. This… View Article

Will Lithium-Ion Batteries Lose The Race?

September 12, 2014 |

Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink’ sayeth the ancient mariner.  The ocean might be contaminated, the fish still swallow… View Article

North West Platinum Progress Despite Challenges

June 27, 2014 |

JSE-listed junior platinum-group metals (PGMs) mining company Wesizwe Platinum is developing its fully funded Bakubung platinum mine project in the… View Article

Five Red Flags Investors Look For When Choosing To Invest In Mining Projects

June 14, 2014 |

Recently we were asked to provide a presentation at the Botswana Resource Cap conference. Botswana has vast national resources, though… View Article

Commodity Traders: Is There Still Value?

June 5, 2014 |

During boom times when commodity prices were high compared to mining costs, producers had no qualms about giving up some… View Article

South African Ferrochrome Capacity Shows Consistency

May 30, 2014 |

South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity in the first quarter, more or less in line with the… View Article

Consultancy Launches Fully Customised Subscription Reports Service

February 28, 2014 |

Mining consultancy Core Consultants launched its fully customised subscription reports service at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which was… View Article

Power Infrastructure Key For Botswana Mining

February 25, 2014 |

Those aiming to invest in Botswana as a mining destination need to consider installing power lines and improving transport, says… View Article

Summary of Lara Smith’s 2014 Mining Indaba Presentation: An Outlook for Dysprosium, Tantalum, Tungsten

February 13, 2014 |

The Core Consultants Mining Indaba presentation always considers three commodities which are pertinent to Africa and discusses the market outlook… View Article

Latest Developments At Core Consultants


2013 was another exciting year for Core Consultants. We are happy to report that despite the macroeconomic conditions surrounding the… View Article

Company Optimistic About 2014 African Mining Indaba

January 27, 2014 |

Mining consultancy Core Consultants will be discussing its new service offerings, particularly focusing on the launch of fully customised subscription… View Article

Core Consultants Presents At 2013 Junior Mining Conference

November 13, 2013 |

Lara Smith, MD of Core Consultants’ will present at the 2013 Junior Mining Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. The topic… View Article

Tungsten, Tantalum, Rare Earths Emerging As ‘Critical’ Global Metals

July 3, 2013 |

This article first appeared in Mining Weekly. To view the original article, click on this link: Tungsten, tantalum and rare-earth… View Article

Critical Metals at 2013 Geoforum Conference

May 20, 2013 |

Lara Smith MD Core Consultants addressing the Geoforum Conference 2013 in Johannesburg South Africa on Critical Metals of the future…. View Article

Summit TV: Ferrochrome Outlook

May 3, 2013 |

http:// This text will be replaced Summit TV speaks to Lara Smith from Core Consultants about why the recovery for… View Article

Core To Present On Iron And Chrome In Shanghai

April 26, 2013 |

Core Consultants has been invited to present at the 2013 Shanghai Raw Materials Conference. The aim is to discuss the… View Article

Shanghai Raw Materials Convention 2013


Lara Smith MD Core Consultants in Shanghai for the Raw Materials Convention We have been requested to present on the… View Article

Trends In Minor Metals, Indaba 2013

April 23, 2013 |

On February 4th 2013, Core Consultants’ MD Lara Smith presented on the trends and outlook for minor metals at the… View Article

Amplats In Crisis

January 22, 2013 |

Lara Smith MD at Core Consultants talks to SAFM about the Amplats Crisis

Lara Smith On Stanford Who’s Who

April 13, 2012 |

Stanford Who’s Who proudly announces the addition of Lara Smith to the prestigious ranks of premier professionals as a result… View Article

Cobalt, Tantalum And Rare Earths At Indaba

January 27, 2012 |

Cobalt, tantalum and rare earths are key topics at the African Mining Indaba Commodity Review The increased global interest in… View Article

Ferrochrome Network Evening

October 18, 2011 |

On the 18th of October 2011, Core Consultants hosted their second ferrochrome networking evening, sponsored by SNC Lavalin South Africa…. View Article

South African Chrome And Ferrochrome Relations

September 19, 2011 |

On September 18th 2011, Alexis Assimacopoulos, Analyst at Core Consultants, presented on South African chrome prospects for China at the… View Article

The Impact Of Chinese Coke Prices On The South African Ferroalloy’s Industry

September 11, 2011 |

On the 15th of September 2011, Lara Smith from Core Consultants presented delegates of the Metal Bulletin Ferroalloys Conference with… View Article

DRC Transport Infrastructure Needs More Investment Focus

July 8, 2011 |

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) increasing copper and cobalt exports are drawing attention to the urgent expansion required to… View Article

Core Consultants Second Quarter Ferrochrome Network Evening 2011

July 7, 2011 |

On the 6th of July 2011, Core Consultants hosted its inaugural ferrochrome network evening to celebrate the release of its… View Article

Mining Indaba 2011: An Outlook For Ferroalloys And Minor Metals

February 2, 2011 |

At the Cape Town Mining Indaba in February 2011, Core Consultants addressed delegates on the outlook for the ferroalloys and… View Article

Core Consultants Addresses Delegates At The Metal Bulletin Chromite Event

September 7, 2010 |

In September 2010, Core Consultants addressed delegates at the Metal Bulletin Chromite Event in Johannesburg Core Consultants was requested by… View Article