Monthly Archives: January 2018

BASF Aims to Muscle Itself Onto Battery Materials’ Top Table

German company says Europe will be the next high-growth region Other plants may follow existing EU400 million Europe project BASF SE is prepared to dig deep, pouring money and expertise into developing materials for electric-vehicle batteries to catch up with rivals like Tesla Inc. supplier Sumitomo Metals & Mining Co. The world’s No. 1 chemical maker is adding to its expansion plans in Europe, which is emerging as the next high-growth region for batteries, … Continue reading

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Top China Nickel Producer Joins BHP in Prepping for EV Boom

Jinchuan to lift supply of nickel sulphate by 40% this year Demand for the metal in vehicle batteries set to surge: BNEF China’s top nickel supplier aims to boost output of a material used in car batteries by 40 percent this year, joining the ranks of global producers ramping up operations to meet demand from electric vehicles. Jinchuan Group Co. expects to raise production of nickel sulphate to 70,000 metric tons from 50,000 tons … Continue reading

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Bloomberg: The World’s Biggest Miner Is Building a Battery Supply Hub It Doesn’t Want

BHP transforming nickel unit to target global battery market Revamp to boost value for any sale, lift cashflow: Tribeca Electric vehicles could hold the key to BHP Billiton Ltd. finally finding a buyer for its unwanted nickel operations. The world’s top miner is accelerating plans to transform Nickel West in Western Australia into a linchpin of the global supply chain for electric vehicle batteries. The switch in focus promises to woo new suitors after … Continue reading

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