Monthly Archives: April 2019

Nickel shortage in view unless China-led projects in Indonesia succeed: analysts

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The global nickel market and its key growth sector, electric vehicle (EV) batteries, will face grave supply shortages unless key Chinese-led projects in Indonesia start up in a timely and cost-effective manner, analysts said on Thursday. The outlook, issued by delegates attending an industry gathering, comes after China’s Tsingshan Group last year surprised the market with a low-cost estimate and short time frame to launch a $700 million high pressure acid … Continue reading

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New $135m battery research centre puts Australia at ‘cutting edge’ of global Lithium industry

A new national lithium research hub in Western Australia is hoped to take the state a step closer to developing a battery manufacturing industry. Key points: WA sees itself as a hub for battery minerals and manufacturing Politicians say Australia’s ability to viably produce lithium batteries is still a way off Much of the research will be carried out in Kwinana, South West, Goldfields and Pilbara regions The $135 million centre, announced today, will … Continue reading

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United States sets sights on China in new electric vehicle push

(Reuters) – U.S. government officials plan to meet with executives from automakers and lithium miners in early May as part of a first-of-its-kind effort to launch a national electric vehicle supply chain strategy, according to three sources familiar with the matter. While Volkswagen AG, Tesla Inc and other electric-focused automakers and battery manufacturers are expanding in the United States and investing billions in the new technology, they are reliant on mineral imports without a … Continue reading

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