Wood Mackenzie boosts battery metals expertise with Roskill buy

Mining News Pro - Wood Mackenzie announced on Friday it had acquired Roskill, a privately-owned company and leader in metals and materials supply chain intelligence, boosting the consultancy’s expertise in energy transition.

Volkswagen seeks partners for battery metals race

Mining News Pro - Volkswagen is in talks with suppliers to secure direct access to raw materials for electric vehicle (EV) batteries via partnerships, one of its board members told Reuters on Tuesday.

A nickel refinery tops US battery metals wish list

Mining News Pro - The United States government should invest in nickel refining capacity in coordination with its allies, according to the Biden Administration’s 100-day review of critical supply chains.

Why China is betting on Minmetals’ success with direct lithium extraction technologies

Mining News Pro - High lithium recovery rates reported at Minmetals Salt Lake’s Yiliping brine project in China’s Qinghai province prompted Roskill to analyze the implications of the development of brine assets in the Asian giant.

Australia’s Wyloo bid for Noront shows battery metal scramble

Mining News Pro - A fight over Canadian nickel-copper miner Noront Resources shows the scramble for battery metals is accelerating, with global miners racing to secure supply ahead of an expected surge in demand from electric vehicles.

Anglo American flags restarts of Australian metallurgical coal mines

Mining News Pro - Anglo American said on Thursday that it has restarted underground mining at its Moranbah North coal mine in northern Queensland state after it withdrew its workforce from the mine following a reading of elevated gases on Feb. 20.

Dundee expands into Ecuador with IVN Metals buy

Mining News Pro - Canada’s Dundee Precious Metals will add its first project in the Americas to its portfolio by acquiring all the shares it doesn’t already own in junior miner INV Metals, which owns the advanced-stage Loma Larga gold project in southern Ecuador.

Metals X cuts nickel portfolio to focus on tin

Mining News Pro - Metals X has agreed to sell its nickel assets, including the Wingellina nickel-cobalt project in Western Australia and the Claude Hills project in South Australia, to NICO Resources.

Minnesota to cancel leases for Mesabi Metallics’ mine near Nashwauk

Mining News Pro - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reportedly terminating the leases for the stalled Mesabi Metallics taconite mine on the Iron Range, after the company failed to meet deadlines imposed by the state.

Where does Australia’s metallurgical coal go?

Mining News Pro - A Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) report has revealed that more than 60 per cent of the world’s seaborne coal exports come from Australia, with second place hardly keeping its head above water.

Mining metals without a shovel in sight

Mining News Pro - Researchers have developed a technique for extracting precious metals from hard rock ore without digging.

Brazil's Vale, eyeing EV market, mulls base metal spinoff

Mining News Pro - Vale is "closely analyzing" a possible spinoff of its base metals division, Chief Executive Eduardo Bartolomeo said on Tuesday, a move that could help the company take advantage of increasing demand from electric car manufacturers.

Glencore agrees to take over Weser-Metall lead plant

Mining News Pro - Glencore has agreed to take over insolvent German lead producer Weser-Metall via a new company named Nordenham Metall GmbH, the commodities group and local government said in a joint statement.

Battery metal rush pits miners against marine biologists

Mining News Pro - Controversial plans to mine the ocean floor face a key test this year when a United Nations body unveils rules that could spur the exploitation of hundreds of billions of dollars of battery metals.

Neometals signs Chinese agreement for Barrambie titanium

Mining News Pro - Neometals has secured a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese titanium slag producer, Jiuxing Titanium Materials, to supply product from the Barrambie titanium-vanadium project in Western Australia.

Skyrocketing metal prices threaten to hinder EV affordability

Mining News Pro - A surge in demand for electric vehicles is sending the price of raw materials soaring, threatening to slow the push toward making cheaper batteries that are key to more widespread adoption.

Saudi Arabia of cobalt: Congo eyes battery-metal price power

Mining News Pro - Democratic Republic of Congo, the world’s main source of vital battery ingredient cobalt, is also one of the poorest nations. And while it’s dominated by huge industrial mines, about a fifth of its silvery-blue metal is still hand-dug, in often unregulated and dangerous conditions.

Canadian Manganese aims to tap into growing battery metals market

Mining News Pro - Mineral developer Canadian Manganese Company (CMC) on Friday announced an agreement with Maximos Metals as part of its vision to create a new technology metals company

New Age Metals stock surges on new Sprott investment

Mining News Pro - New Age Metals Inc. announced on Friday it has received subscriptions for a non-brokered private placement of approximately 31.56 million units of the company at a price of C$0.16 per unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of C$5.05 million.

Vital Metals to become Canada’s first rare earths miner

Mining News Pro - Australia’s Vital Metals is getting ready to kick off mining operations at its Nechalacho rare earths project in Canada’s Northwest Territories, which will make it the country’s first producer of the elements used in magnets for electric vehicles, aerospace, defence and electronics.

Mick Davis launches $300 million battery metals SPAC

Mining News Pro - Former Xstrata boss Mick Davis’ newly founded battery metals investment firm Vision Blue Resources (VBR) is stepping up efforts to reach the goal of becoming a battery metals giant by launching a $300 million special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

Wheaton Precious Metals hikes dividend

Mining News Pro - Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, metals streaming company Wheaton Precious Metals had a productive 2020, delivering value back to its stakeholders, president and CEO Randy Smallwood reported on Thursday, announcing record yearly revenue and operating cash flow.

Armour cuts ties with base metals division

Mining News Pro - Armour Energy has sold its base metals subsidiary Ripple Resources to Auburn Resources, which will use the acquisition to bolster its portfolio ahead of a planned initial public offering (IPO) on the ASX this year.

Nonferrous metals exploration budget down by 11% in 2020

Mining News Pro - S&P Global Market Intelligence’s annual World Exploration Trends Report was released this week and shows that the global budget for nonferrous metals exploration decreased 11% to an estimated $8.7 billion in 2020 from $9.8 billion in 2019.

Battery metals buzz is back as Europe reboots EV sector

Mining News Pro - The battery metals are back.

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