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Investors push platinum into deficit, but surplus will return: WPIC

Nov 21 2019 - LONDON (Reuters) - A surge in investment buying will push the global platinum market into a small deficit this year – the first since 2016 – but a hefty surplus will return in 2020, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) said on Thursday.

Tesla set to unveil electric pickup truck as it takes on Detroit

Nov 21 2019 - Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk has talked for years about building an electric pickup truck that would threaten the heart of the Detroit automakers’ profits, and on Thursday he will finally take the wraps off the so-called cyberpunk truck.

CN rail strike impacting Canadian mining operations

Nov 19 2019 - The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) expressed concern Tuesday regarding the effects that the work stoppage resulting from disagreements between Canadian National Railway (CN) and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference will have on the mining sector, and the broader Canadian economy.

‘Rising tide’ to float 
all battery-metal boats

Nov 21 2019 - Rising electric vehicle (EV) adoption is driving a massive transformation in lithium-ion battery production.

Ford bets on an electric Mustang to charge its turnaround

Nov 17 2019 - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Mustang Mach E electric sport utility vehicle Ford Motor Co (F.N) unveiled in Los Angeles on Sunday is more than another car for the storied automaker.

Batteries: Tesla to have Gigafactories in Berlin and Shanghai as threats to European and Chinese auto industries materialise

Nov 18 2019 - Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk confirmed the construction of its Gigafactory 4 factory in the “Berlin area” last week.

VW CEO says new ID.3 car 40% cheaper to build than electric Golf

Nov 18 2019 - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) new ID.3 electric vehicle will be 40% cheaper to build than the electric version of its Golf model, Chief Executive Herbert Diess told investors on Monday.

Ford to use Mustang name for electric SUV

Nov 14 2019 - Ford Motor Co will use the Mustang name, previously reserved for a muscle car, for an electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) that customers in the United States, Canada and Europe can start ordering on Nov. 17, the company said on Thursday.

High-nickel cathode developments Caspar Rawles, Senior Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Nov 13 2019 - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Caspar Rawles, Senior Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence discusses high-nickel cathode developments in the industry.

Lithium producers hit by first big downturn of electric vehicle era

Nov 13 2019 - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The burgeoning lithium industry, which produces the powerhouse metal used to make electric vehicle (EV) batteries, has entered its first major downturn, an unwelcome bruising for investors eager to help combat climate change.

No end to palladium’s good fortune

Oct 31 2019 - Palladium prices touched new record highs this week with analysts remaining very upbeat when it comes to the best-performing precious metal of 2019.

Nobel laureate says better batteries can cement electric car era

Oct 30 2019 - The Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose research proved critical in developing lithium-ion batteries said the ubiquitous technology energizing iPhones and Teslas is poised to become more powerful and cheaper — keys for unlocking the mainstream adoption of electric vehicles and home-energy storage units.

Wheels of fortune? A new age for electric motors

Oct 25 2019 - When it comes to making electric cars better, it's the batteries that you'll hear about the most.

Rhodium in “fourth major price surge” in history as above ground stocks diminish

Oct 29 2019 - THIS report is unique and different from other market reports on rhodium in so far as it estimates the quantum of above-ground rhodium stocks.

Palladium tops $1,800 for first time as shortage persists

Oct 28 2019 - Palladium surged to a record, topping $1,800 as stricter air-quality rules boost demand for the metal used in vehicle pollution-control devices.

Stung by sliding prices, lithium industry pares back expansions

Oct 28 2019 - Albemarle Corp, SQM and other lithium producers have been scaling back expansion plans as near-term oversupply concerns drag on prices, unnerving investors who are pushing the industry to focus more on profitability.

Lithium: Initial Q3 producer results point to continued mixed market environment

Oct 28 2019 - Albemarle’s preliminary Q3 results show lithium revenue up 22% y-on-y to US$330M with adjusted EBITDA up 12% to US$128M.

Water restrictions hit PGM belt

Oct 28 2019 - JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's platinum producers have been asked to reduce water usage, following restrictions that were implemented by the Rustenburg Municipality in the North West this month.

Metals sector in costly battle to turn green

Oct 25 2019 - Metals producers, from miners to smelters, are grappling with increasingly tough and costly environmental demands imposed by banks seeking cleaner investments.

Rhodium punches above its weight with strong prices

Oct 4 2019 -Rhodium is an irreplaceable material for complying with carbon emission standards in gasoline-powered vehicles, which consume almost all of its annual production.

Global renewable power capacity to rise by 50% in five years: IEA

Oct 21 2019 - LONDON,(Reuters) - Global renewable energy capacity is set to rise by 50% in five years’ time, driven by solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on homes, buildings and industry, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Momentum Builds for Hydrogen Fuel in Japan, Australia

Oct 18 2019 -Lowered costs and the availability of renewable energy to produce hydrogen are raising interest in the fuel source.

Ford partners with Volkswagen, Amazon to build charging network for cars

Oct 17 2019 - Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it was teaming up with Volkswagen AG and to give its future electric car customers a range of charging options from highways to homes. When news hit that 18 explosive-rigged drones had knocked out two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, instantly cutting global oil supply by more than 5 per cent, you can bet electric-car drivers worldwide collectively shrugged.

LG Chem sees electric vehicles accounting for 15% of all car sales in 2024

Oct 17 2019 - SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s LG Chem, one of the leading electric vehicle (EV) battery makers, expects global sales of EVs to grow more than five-fold from 2018 levels to account for about 15% of global vehicle sales in 2024, it said on Thursday.

No evidence of substitution away from palladium. Indeed evidence of no substitution

Oct 03 2019 - The palladium price has hit a new record high in recent days over $1,700/oz, and the FT has declared there’s more to come unless we see a global recession or substitution of much cheaper platinum.

Toyota unveils revamped hydrogen sedan to take on Tesla

Oct 10 2019 - TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) unveiled a completely redesigned hydrogen-powered fuel cell sedan on Friday in its latest attempt to revive demand for the niche technology that it hopes will become mainstream.

First-ever fuel-cell haul truck to be built

Oct 11 2019 - Anglo American is eating its own dog food. The platinum group metal miner announced today that it tapped ENGIE, a low-carbon energy service provider, to help it develop the first ever hydrogen-powered mining haul truck.

Battery pioneers who made mobile revolution possible win Nobel chemistry prize

Oct 9 2019 - STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - Three scientists won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for developing and refining rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which made the global information technology, mobile and fossil-fuel free revolutions possible.

Mining companies to 'significantly outperform' market, report finds

Oct 8 2019 -"Valuation for the mining industry is a strong predictor of future return. For any long term investor, the implications are clear; mining will deliver significant outperformance relative to the broader market," said Bernstein analyst and report author Paul Gait.

Implats to buy North American Palladium for $1B

Oct 7 2019 - Eyeing its first major operations investment outside of Africa, platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum Holdings (JSE: IMP) has struck a friendly deal to buy Canadian pure-play palladium producer North American Palladium (TSX: PDL; US-OTC: PALDF) in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1 billion.

Lithium: Current prices provide limited incentive for new supply

Oct 8 2019 - Lithium spot prices in China are currently in the doldrums as near-term demand growth has fallen short of expectation.

Commentary: Silver and PGMs give investors hope

Oct 3 2019 - Gold grabs most of the mining headlines, especially since its recent comeback, but other precious metals such as silver and palladium are also performing well in today’s market, giving miners new hope after a prolonged commodities slump.

LITHIUM: Researchers in Canada develop million-mile lithium-ion battery

Oct 3 2019 - NEW BRUNSWICK – A group of scientists led by Jeff Dahn, a professor at Canada’s Dalhousie University and a research partner with Tesla, published a paper in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society where they present the concept of a new battery able to power an electric vehicle for over one million miles.

Lithium at two-year low hobbles US bid to loosen China’s grip on market

Oct 01 2019 - The lowest lithium prices in over two years are hampering a handful of miners that want to challenge China’s dominance in the market.

Electric vehicles are in the driver’s seat now and the oil industry is running out of fuel

Sept 30 2019 - When news hit that 18 explosive-rigged drones had knocked out two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, instantly cutting global oil supply by more than 5 per cent, you can bet electric-car drivers worldwide collectively shrugged.

PRECIOUS-Palladium breaks through $1,700 on supply concerns; dollar pressures gold

Sept 30 2019 - (Reuters) - Palladium hit a record peak on Monday, passing $1,700 an ounce, as tight supply of the autocatalyst metal stoked fears the deficit could only widen amid rising industrial demand, while a stronger dollar hurt gold prices.

Canada, U.S. drafting plans to curb China’s dominance in critical rare-earth minerals

Sept 30 2019 - Canada and the United States are drawing up plans to reduce their reliance on China for rare-earth minerals that are critical to high-tech and military products, such as smartphones and fighter jets.

Socially responsible investing catching on among sovereign funds: study

Sept 30 2019 - LONDON (Reuters) - Almost two thirds of sovereign investors are making social and environmentally friendly investing part of their approach, up from less than half two years ago, according to a study by Invesco released on Monday.

Physical shortages pinch palladium prices

Sept 30 2019 - Palladium lease rates jumped on Friday 20 September, when the price rose by $50/oz to $1,647/oz. This shows that the physical market has tightened again.

Cut emissions to avert catastrophic sea-level rise - U.N. climate report

Sept 25 2019 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists behind a landmark study of the links between oceans, glaciers, ice caps and the climate delivered a stark warning to the world on Wednesday: slash emissions or watch cities vanish under rising seas, rivers run dry and marine life collapse.

Palladium hits record highs, is $1,700 next?

Sept 23 2019 - (Kitco News) - After hitting new all-time highs, palladium might be ready for even more gains, with some analysts pointing to the $1,700 level as a reality.

Miners push for U.S. Congress to vote on electric vehicle supply chain bills

Sept 23 2019 - WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Mining executives eager to speed U.S. production of lithium and other metals for the burgeoning electric vehicle industry are frustrated that the U.S. Congress has yet to pass legislation designed to streamline mine permitting and fund geological studies, among other steps.

Palladium price peaks at new record high, rhodium roaring

Sept 17 2019 - Palladium hit a fresh all-time high on Friday on persistent worries about supply from South Africa and prospects of a pickup in demand in China.

U.S. 'falling behind' in global race to develop electric vehicle supply chain

Sept 17 2019 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is losing the race to extract and refine minerals used to make electric vehicles and should do more to spur domestic production, a bipartisan group of senators said on Tuesday.

Australian lithium recovery seen by mid-2020 as EV production revs up

Sept 17 2019 - Strong demand from the electric-vehicle sector alongside supply cuts should help Australian lithium miners recover towards the middle of next year, earlier than expected, industry executives said on Wednesday.

HERAEUS PRECIOUS APPRAISAL -The platinum price is up, but the fundamentals point down

Sept 16 2019 - By the start of September, the platinum price had rallied $100/oz (16%) in two weeks. There are a number of possible explanations for this rally.

Lithium Giant Seeing Demand Explosion Makes $1.3 Billion Bet

Sept 10 2019 - The world’s second-largest producer of lithium plans to invest $1.33 billion to boost output, undeterred by the short-term demand weakness and oversupplied market that have sent prices of the raw material tumbling to a two-year low.

PRECIOUS-Palladium sets all-time high on supply angst; gold pares gains

Sept 12 2019 - Sept 12 (Reuters) - Palladium prices hit an all-time high on Thursday on concerns over tight supplies of the autocatalyst metal due to possible labour issues in South African mines, while gold shed earlier gains on fresh hints of progress in the U.S.-China trade dispute.

Generalists can’t ignore junior miners for very long – CIBC

Sept 6 2019 - The bullish run in gold and silver means that generalist fund managers can’t ignore the small-cap mining sector any more, according to analysts at Canadian bank CIBC.

Investors waking up to platinum after metal trades at biggest discount to gold in 30 years

Sept 6 2019 - THERE would be a narrowing in the platinum deficit to 345,000 ounces following a significant pulse this year in demand for platinum in exchange traded funds (EFTs), according to the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC).

Canada injects millions into EVs, energy-efficient mining technology projects

August 28 2019 - Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources is investing C$2 million (about $1.5m) in an initiative to develop an energy-efficient mining technology expected to reduce energy consumption at mine sites, cut costs and make remote operations more productive.

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Platinum coming late to the precious metals party

September 01 2019 - Among the main grouping of precious metals, platinum had been by far the poorest performer with its supply/demand fundamentals looking somewhat inferior to its platinum group metal (pgm) sister metal, palladium which has consequently surged past it in price.

Junior financing evaporates as cobalt, lithium prices slump

August 28 2019 - In the second quarter this year, cobalt and lithium prices dropped to the lowest point in more than two years, driven by short-term oversupply which is taking longer than anticipated to correct.

Rhodium prices going higher, analysts eyeing $10,000

August 28 2019 - Investors can’t keep their eyes off gold and silver but there is another precious metal that continues to outperform even these rising stars.

This is why lithium batteries fail

August 25 2019 - Lithium metal batteries fail when bits of lithium metal deposits break off from the surface of the anode during discharging and are trapped as “dead” or inactive lithium that the battery can no longer access.

Visualizing the Commodity Super Cycle

August 22 2019 - As more people and wealth translate into the demand for global goods, the prices of commodities—such as energy, agriculture, livestock, and metals—have often followed in sync.

Which EV should you buy?

August 21 2019 - Are you interested in making your next car an electric?

Palladium deficit to widen, Nornickel says as net profit jumps 81%

August 20 2019 - MOSCOW (Reuters) - The global palladium market will remain in structural deficit this year, Russia’s Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) (GMKN.MM) said on Tuesday as it reported an 81% leap in first-half net profit.


August 19 2019 - A new way to reduce the cost and extend the lifespan of the metals in catalytic converters could solve a problem that has vexed automotive engineers for years.

The platinum-group metals in your car come from ancient meteorites that bombarded young Earth

August 18 2019 - You've probably heard of a catalytic converter — it's that thing in your car's exhaust pipe that transforms nasty, unburnt hydrocarbons into less toxic emissions.

Platinum giant wants in on batteries to ease electric car threat

August 13 2019 - The world’s top platinum and palladium supplier has an answer to the electric-car boom that may pose a long-term threat to its biggest market: invent a new battery.

How much do cars really pollute?

August 2 2019 - The world runs on behemoth gas guzzlers.

Palladium primed for record highs as oversupply batters platinum: Reuters poll

August 1 2019 - LONDON (Reuters) - Palladium is expected to widen its lead over sister metal platinum to a whopping $619 an ounce on average this year and $595 an ounce in 2020, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday.

US leaders address critical minerals

July 26 2019 - Trump order calls for an American critical mineral strategy.


July 30 2019 - A new technology efficiently converts CO2 and hydrogen directly into methanol, researchers report.

Stationary Emission Control Catalyst Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

July 30 2019 - The market for stationary emisssion control catalyst is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.18%.

Chinese Lithium Buyers Finally Arrive in North America

July 29 2019 - A new era of Chinese lithium interests in Canada has begun, with the conclusion of a $135 million investment, by Shanghai-based Sinomine Resource Group of Cabot Corporation (NYSE:CBT) of its Specialty Fluids business, including the TANCO Lithium Mine in Manitoba.

Canadian miners want to address declining competitiveness

July 28 2019 - The Canadian Mineral Industry Federation, the Mining Association of Canada, and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada issued a brief this month urging provincial, federal and territorial mine ministers to take action to ensure Canada remains a globally competitive jurisdiction and can continue to attract mineral investment.

Where BHP goes on climate change, will others follow?: Russell

July 29 2019 - LAUNCESTON, Australia (Reuters) - BHP Group may just have set the template for how resource companies are going to deal with the challenge of climate change, even if some of its competitors would prefer a course of more talk and less action.

BHP earmarks $400 million to reduce emissions from its mines, products

July 23 2019 - BHP (ASX, NYSE:BHP) has committed to invest $400 million over five years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and mined commodities, as the world’s number one mining company looks to take an industry lead on tackling climate change.

Battery materials cobalt, nickel face supply crunch by mid 2020s — WoodMac

July 23 2019 - Consultants Wood Mackenzie estimate electric vehicle (EV) sales including hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) were up more than 24% last year.

Largest Fuel-Cell Truck To Be Built By Amplats

July 22 2019 - Fresh off their knockout first half, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) announced on Monday that it plans to build the world's largest fuel-cell truck and have it operating by next year.

Africa rising

July 16 2019 - A lot of resource investors stop listening to corporate presentations when they learn the company’s project is in Africa.

Australia’s tax cuts further erode Canadian competitiveness

July 17 2019 - The Australian government recently passed tax cuts worth roughly $145-billion. The Aussies say the cuts are necessary to stay competitive with other countries and boost their economy.

Desperate to cut emissions, auto makers drive rhodium to 11-year high

July 19 2019 - LONDON (Reuters) - The price of rhodium, a precious metal used to curb harmful emissions from vehicle engines, has rocketed to its highest since 2008 as tightening environmental regulation compels auto makers to buy more just as supply looks set to stagnate.

Platinum-linked fuel cell business accelerating at rapid rate, say experts

July 18 2019 - CAPE TOWN ( – South Africa is continuing to gather top-tier insight into fuel cell technology as it navigates the electric vehicle market’s growing links to this country’s globally unparalleled platinum group metals (PGMs) industry.

Don't Ignore Platinum Even As Palladium Remains Hot - CPM Group

July 16 2019 - (Kitco News) - Palladium is expected to remain the hot investment this year, but investors should keep an eye on platinum’s long-term potential according to one research firm.

How lithium-rich Chile botched a plan to attract battery makers

July 17 2019 - SANTIAGO (Reuters) - In March 2018, the Chilean government unveiled big news: Corporate investors, including South Korean electronics giant Samsung, would build three factories in Chile to produce battery parts for electric vehicles.

It’s not easy going green

July 7 2019 - As Kermit the Frog used to say, “It’s not easy being green.”. Or to paraphrase the affable muppet slightly, it’s not easy going green.

Metals feel love, explorers not so much

June 27 2019 - As base metals enjoy healthy price gains and gold rockets above $1,400, explorers continue to face stiff headwinds.

VW to deepen alliances with battery suppliers for electric push

July 8 2019 - Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) will create joint ventures and help finance battery production to persuade skeptical cell suppliers to back its aggressive push for mass producing electric vehicles, board member Stefan Sommer told Reuters.

Commentary: Innovation is needed in processing of battery raw materials

July 5 2019 - With the increasing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage technologies, there is little doubt demand will grow for battery raw materials that must be sourced from the mining industry.

Behind the plunge in China auto sales: chaotic implementation of new emission rules

July 1 2019 - SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Shanghai-based Buick dealer Ron Li in late April found himself in an unfamiliar quandary: how to sell off almost 80 sedans and sport-utility vehicles crowding up his dealership lot.


July 1 2019 - Wage rises vs. job security: A low platinum price costs jobs.

Electric cars grab almost half of sales in oil-producing Norway

July 1 2019 - OSLO (Reuters) - Almost half of new cars sold in Norway in the first six months of 2019 were powered by fully electric engines, up from just over a quarter in the same period last year, ensuring the Nordic nation retains its top global ranking in electric vehicle sales.

The Future of Hydrogen

June 2019 - Seizing today’s opportunities

Palladium takes (some) shine off gold price rally

25 June 2019 - The price of gold may be setting fresh multi-year highs almost daily, but its performance so far this year is still in the low double digits in percentage terms.


19 June 2019 - Platinum-based fuel cells are making zero emissions a reality for commercial fleets looking for long-term, sustainable solutions.

The capital projects comeback

19 June 2019 - During the mining industry’s heydays – the mid-2000s – capital projects were global mining investment hotspots, and the pace of projects in exploration and construction in the pipeline was staggering.

Automakers still want to lower emissions standards in the US

07 June 2019 - Forget the framing — they want dirtier cars, too

SA mining is facing catastrophe unless it can manage the effects of its shrinkage

05 June 2019 - ACCORDING to the Minerals Council South Africa, full-time employment in the mining sector has shrunk by 56,366 employees over the past five years, from 509 909 in 2013 to 453,543 in 2018. In 1994, the sector employed 600,000.

Revealing Alaska's critical minerals

01 June 2019 - Geologists familiar with Alaska already know the Far North State is a great place to explore for critical minerals and metals such as graphite, rare earths, platinum metals, cobalt and tin.

Johnson Matthey's profit jumps on emission control device growth

30 May 2019 - (Reuters) - Chemicals group Johnson Matthey (LON:JMAT) on Thursday reported a 48% jump in full-year earnings, bolstered by strength in its unit that makes catalytic converters and other pollution filters for both car and trucks.


29 May 2019 - Platinum is an essential component in the 700,000 pacemakers fitted worldwide each year.


27 May 2019 - Palladium demand in China is not just about vehicle sales numbers.

EV to make up 10-20% of world's vehicles by 2030 — IEA

27 May 2019 - A recent spike in electric vehicle sales in B.C. is part of a global trend that saw 5.1 million EVs sold last year, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

World’s No. 2 lithium miner SQM sees demand growing by 17% this year

23 May 2019 - Chile’s Chemical and Mining Society (SQM), the world’s second largest producer of lithium, expects demand for the key component in the batteries that power electric vehicles and cell phones to grow at “double-digit rates” this year.

We’re on the cusp of an EV boom, analysts agree

23 May 2019 - We might look back on 2019 as the beginning of the rise of the electric vehicle era.

What keeps car buyers from switching to electric vehicles?

22 May 2019 - More manufacturers are building electric vehicles, but people still aren’t buying them in record numbers.

The view from London Platinum Week

20 May 2019 - Last week was London Platinum Week and the attendees were generally upbeat and more optimistic than last year, and the events were well attended.

US Senate moves forward on plan to develop electric vehicle supply chain

15 May 2019 - U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday moved closer to developing a national electric vehicle supply chain policy, with senators voicing bipartisan support for legislation designed to parry China's dominance in metals production and battery manufacturing.

PGM Market Report May 2019 - Johnson Matthey

May 2019 - Johnson Matthey PLC endeavours to ensure the accuracy of the information and materials contained within this report, but makes no warranty as to accuracy, completeness or suitability for any particular purpose.

U.S. faces hurdles in push to build electric vehicle supply chain

14 May 2019 - (Reuters) - The United States faces stiff challenges as it moves to create its own electric vehicle supply chain, industry analysts say, with the extent of the country’s metal reserves largely unknown and only a few facilities to process minerals and produce batteries.

Metals Commentary: Palladium to outshine platinum in 2019, says Metals Focus

13 May 2019 - Palladium is forecast to once again outperform platinum in 2019.

PLATINUM WEEK-Platinum surplus for 2019 slashed after jump in investment

13 May 2019 - LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) - A surge in investment demand has slashed expectations of a large surplus this year in the global platinum market, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) said on Monday.

Palladium under pressure

8 May 2019 - Summary: Palladium is under renewed pressure as weak auto sales and the US-China trade dispute remove focus from tight supply. Key support at $1,316/oz stands in the way of potential further weakness towards $1,225.

Exclusive: Bosch goes for platinum-light fuel cells

13 May 2019 - LONDON (Reuters) - Global automotive supplier Bosch expects platinum to play only a minor role in its new fuel cells, giving precious metal markets scant benefit even as the technology gains momentum for pollution-free transport.

The search for new geologic sources of lithium could power a clean future

7 May 2019 - There’s a lot to learn about where and how to mine the lightest metal on the periodic table.

Tribal buying: Luxury jewellery purchasing among affluent Chinese millennials

5 May 2019 - Expectations of luxury jewellery consumers are at their highest; they are seeking quality products with substance.

Lithium-ion a pawn in economic domination

2 May 2019 - Global manipulation and domination of necessary elements and components like cobalt – a major element for lithium-ion battery storage – may also contribute to global economic and political domination as well.

Exclusive: Tesla expects global shortage of electric vehicle battery minerals - sources

2 May 2019 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tesla Inc expects global shortages of nickel, copper and other electric-vehicle battery minerals in the near future due to underinvestment in the mining sector, the company’s head of minerals procurement told an industry conference on Thursday, according to two sources.

Episode 136: Palladium's stellar rise ft NAP CEO Jim Gallagher

25 April 2019 - Jim Gallagher, president and CEO of Toronto-based North American Palladium joins the podcast to give us details on the supply and demand fundamentals of the palladium market, and why it's unlikely the key autocatalyst market will revert to platinum as a substitute for palladium any time soon.

Platinum Outperforms Gold And Silver- A Reversal Of Fortune

19 April 2019 - While palladium has been one of, if not the best, performing commodity since early 2016, platinum has been one of the worst.

Lithium use in electric cars sold around the world surges 76%

19 April 2019 - Battery metals tracker Adamas Intelligence says that in February 2019, 76% more lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) was deployed worldwide in batteries of new electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid electric passenger vehicles compared to the same month last year.

EVs get a boost from Big Auto

17 April 2019 - Is the age of the gas-powered automobile coming to an end?

Palladium Supply/Demand Fundamentals Remain 'Robust': Metals Focus

17 April 2019 - Metals Focus remains upbeat on palladium's prospects despite the recent sharp sell-off from record highs, with the consultancy saying the rally was fueled by genuine tight supply/demand fundamentals and not just speculative frothiness.

Palladium, Darling Of The PGEs, Is Shifting Into High Gear

15 April 2019 - The market for palladium has become especially interesting of late, with the price of the silvery-white metal gaining 18% in 2018, an otherwise down year for metals.


10 April 2019 - China is committed to developing the platinum-based fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) market, targeting one million FCEVs on its roads by 2030

Nothing But Sunny Skies For Platinum Group Metals

10 April 2019 - Platinum group metal businesses were told they have nothing to fear from the rise of all-electric vehicles at the Auto Catalyst and Fuel Cell Seminar last week.

Don't bet on platinum miners boosting supply on price surge

05 April 2019 - The recent jump in platinum-group metals prices is boosting miners’ profits, but that doesn’t mean they are likely to increase supply anytime soon, according to the world’s No. 1 producer.

Exclusive: United States sets sights on China in new electric vehicle push

05 April 2019 - 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.

Concerning mineral exploration trend 2019

29 March 2019 - Minimal mining profits earmarked for exploration, dearth of grassroots exploration is thinning pipeline of mineral projects

Rhodium Demand Will Remain Strong - Johnson Matthey

04 April 2019 - Investors should not expect to see any drop in rhodium demand any time soon with increased emission regulation and no real substitute technology, according to Stewart Brown, principal analyst at Johnson Matthey.

RPT-COLUMN-Struggling small miners may lead to bigger industry woes: Russell

28 March 2019 - Small miners are finding it increasingly difficult to raise capital to fund new ventures despite the positive demand outlook for several commodities and a world still largely awash with cheap credit.

Palladium crashes from record high, but there's still not enough metal

29 March 2019 - A spectacular rally that last week took palladium to record highs has hit the buffers, with the metal plummeting almost 15 percent in three days this week.

Analysts: Palladium Prices Tumble From ‘Bubble’ Territory

28 March 2019 - Analysts say that palladium prices may have been in “bubble” territory after the sharp rise since late summer, and some see potential for further weakness even after the metal shed 11% during the last two days.

Global energy transition powers surge in demand for metals

29 January 2019 -By 2030, the amount of installed wind power globally will more than double, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Installed solar power will quadruple.


27 March 2019 - Japan is an important market for precious metals investment, so it is especially fitting that its commitment to delivering the greenest games ever when it hosts the Summer Olympics in Tokyo next year is based around the deployment of platinum-based hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to transport athletes and attendees.

Palladium retreats nearly $100 after recent record highs — largest one-day drop in 19 years

27 March 2019 - Palladium retreats nearly $100 after recent record highs — largest one-day drop in 19 years

Lithium Miners News For The Month Of March 2019

27 March 2019 - Welcome to the March 2019 edition of the lithium miner news. This past month saw many transactions complete and generally good news for the lithium producers.

Editorial: Palladium has its day in the sun

27 March 2019 - Already-strong palladium prices soared to new heights in March, with spot palladium prices topping US$1,600 for the first time on March 20, and hitting an all-time record high of US$1,604 per oz.

Russia's Richest Man Plans Crypto Tokens Backed by Palladium

26 March 2019 - MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC and its billionaire chief Vladimir Potanin are planning several digital platforms, including using crypto tokens for trading palladium.

Rhodium Now Up 30% in 2019 and Cracks $3000/oz

25 March 2019 - When people think of valuable precious metals, gold immediately comes to mind, along with palladium and platinum. Rhodium is actually now worth more than any of them.

$2,000 Palladium Is Not Out Of The Question

22 March 2019 - Sitting on solid supply and demand fundamentals, palladium may have more room to grow even with the recent run-up in prices, this according to Phil Streible, senior market strategist at RJO Futures.

Investor flows suggest platinum on cusp of recovery

20 March 2019 - Rapid flows of investor money into physically backed platinum exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and a sharp drop in speculative bets on lower prices suggest the autocatalyst metal is on the verge of a recovery.

Gold, Silver, Platinum To Follow Palladium's Rally - Bloomberg Intelligence

14 March 2019 - The precious metals space will soon be reawakened by palladium’s rally, with gold, silver, and platinum prices heading higher, according to Bloomberg Intelligence (BI).

Palladium Tops $1,600 as Metal Sets New Highs on Supply Shortage

19 March 2019 - Palladium topped $1,600 an ounce for the first time, and there’s little sign of the rally slowing as global supply tightens.

Palladium To Hit $2,000 In 2019 - Bank of America

07 March 2019 - Renewed strength in the U.S. dollar, trading near a three-week high, is weighing on the entire precious metals market but that won’t be enough to stop the long-term uptrend in palladium, one bank says.

Palladium smashes $1,500 as shortages to aid Nornickel, Amplats

20 February 2019 - Palladium surged above $1,500 an ounce to a record, extending a powerful rally that’s been driven by an acute shortage of supply as car manufacturers scramble to get hold of the material to meet stringent emissions controls.

Albemarle bullish on lithium outlook after fourth-quarter profit

21 February 2019 - Albemarle Corp, the world’s largest lithium producer, posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday and gave a bullish 2019 outlook, saying it sees nothing that could slow demand for the white metal used to make electric car batteries.

PRECIOUS-Palladium soars to record high on supply deficit; gold gains

17 February 2019 - Spot palladium rose to a peak of $1,458 per ounce, its highest on record, and was up 1.5 percent at $1,454 per ounce as of 1305 GMT.

Palladium supply shortfall will worsen this year – Johnson Matthey

11 February 2019 - A deficit in the palladium market that has driven prices of the autocatalyst metal to record highs will widen dramatically this year, specialist materials company Johnson Matthey said in a report on Wednesday.

Will Metals King Palladium Fire Off Platinum Rally Too?

11 February 2019 - Both are substances critical to the auto industry and in short supply compared to most commodities. But one is also the world’s most valuable metal.

Cost parity by 'early 2020s' will be electric vehicle tipping point

11 February 2019 - A new report by McKinsey forecasts a rapid switch from gas guzzlers to electric vehicles on the world's roads will be boosted by the plummeting costs of owning a battery powered vehicle.

One Day, Platinum Will Shock The Market

11 February 2019 - The laggard for too long.

Oversold Lithium Could Be About To Rally

29 January 2019 - It’s been a decade of lows for commodities after posting 7 declines in 11 years, but we’ve seriously underestimated lithium. It’s back with a vengeance in 2019.

Here's Why The Price Of Palladium Just Zoomed Past Gold

14 January 2019 - From its 52-week low set in August, palladium has climbed almost 70 percent. It’s added about 16 percent in the past 30 trading days alone....

Palladium demand — and prices — will be driven by hybrid vehicle growth

28 December 2018 - Palladium, this year's hottest metal, is used mainly to cut pollution from gasoline engines. Yet anyone betting the rise of electrified vehicles will curb demand anytime soon is likely to be disappointed...

Palladium Outlook 2019: Prices Will Continue to Shine

27 December 2018 - The price of palladium has climbed almost 18 percent over the course of the year, pulling ahead its sister metal platinum and rivaling gold. The precious metal received a demand boost this year...

Year’s best major metal gains steam as supply eclipses trade woe

27 December 2018 - The U.S.-China trade war that’s ravaged most commodities failed to dent 2018’s best-performing major metal. Many analysts don’t see much standing in the way of further gains in 2019.

Gold Gets Leapfrogged as Palladium Extends Rally to Record Again

5 December 2018 - Gold just got left behind by one of its sister metals. After a demand-fueled rally over the past four months that’s seen prices hit successive records, palladium topped gold.

Numbers looking solid for River Valley project

20 September 2018 - New Age Metals' River Valley project could be a historic mine site, according to its developers, so long as investor confidence and the markets remain strong enough to see it become a reality.

Tesla Doesn't Burn Fuel, it Burns Cash

30 April 2018 - The company that Elon Musk built to usher in the electric-car future might not have enough cash to make it through the calendar year. The anxieties that lurk beneath the tremendous ambition of Tesla Inc moved into the...

Palladium Price Jumps 6 Percent on Russia Sanctions

11 April 2018 - Investors’ worries increased when Rusal (HKEX:0486) owner Oleg Deripaska was included on the sanctions blacklist. Rusal, the biggest aluminum producer outside of China, owns a 28-percent stake in Norilsk Nickel...

New Age Metals signs LOI with Alaskan geological consulting firm

5 April 2018 - New Age Metals Inc. said Wednesday it has signed a binding letter of intent with Avalon Development Corp. Under the LOI, Avalon will provide acquisition and geological services to New Age Metals in the state of Alaska.

BMW says electric car mass production not viable until 2020

22 March 2018 - BMW (BMWG.DE) will not mass produce electric cars until 2020 because its current technology is not profitable enough to scale up for volume production, the chief executive said on Thursday...

Leading Development Project in the FIRST Green Metals

8 March 2018 - The platinum group metals (PGM’s) fly under the radar of investors in the world of mining. The evidence is all around us. Like gold and silver, these are precious metals: 28% of platinum demand...

SQM talks down lithium oversupply, says market to grow 80% a year

1 March 2018 - Chile’s Chemical and Mining Society (SQM), one of the world's largest lithium producer, said global demand for the white metal, a key ingredient in the making of batteries that power electric vehicles...

A Sleeping Giant: Precious Potential For Platinum

26 February 2018 - Platinum has been a precious metal that lost its luster over recent years. In March 2008, the price of the rare metal that primarily comes from South Africa and Russia rose to its all-time peak price...

Platinum market set for another surplus in 2018-Johnson Matthey

14 February 2018 - The platinum market is set for another surplus this year after recording oversupply of 110,000 ounces in 2017, Johnson Matthey said in a report on Wednesday, although its sister metal palladium...

New Age aims to capitalize on lithium, PGM interest

7 February 2018 - New Age Metals Inc. is moving to capitalize on investor interest in both lithium and platinum group metals by proceeding with exploration and development programs in Ontario and Manitoba....

New Age options Manitoba projects to Azincourt

26 January 2018 - New Age Metals is probably best known for its River Valley project near Sudbury in northwestern Ontario, now the largest undeveloped platinum group metals (PGM) project in Canada...

Palladium flows from west to east to meet industry demand

22 January 2018 - Flows of palladium out of UK stocks to Hong Kong are picking up as demand from Asian industry grows, pointing to a tightening market that could keep record-high prices on the boil...

Palladium poised to break another record just days into New Year

4 January 2018 - (Bloomberg) —The year’s barely started and palladium markets are set to break another record. The spot price for the precious metal only needs to climb by another 1.6 percent in London trading to push past an all-time high...

Palladium Nears Record as Shortage Starts to Squeeze Carmakers

4 January 2018 - Palladium is within touching distance of a record high amid a looming shortage of the metal used to curb harmful emissions from gasoline-fueled vehicles. Metal for immediate delivery nudged 0.3 percent lower to $1,096.45 an ounce...

Ontario has ‘zero chance’ of making its 5% by 2020 electric vehicle target, analysts say

3 December 2017 - Ontario is envisioning a future in which millions of electric vehicles are on the roads, but analysts predict consumer uptake will remain far off the government target for 2020, despite tens of millions of dollars in subsidies....

VIDEO: 2018 Will Be a Strong Year for Platinum

21 November 2017 - World Platinum Investment Council CEO Paul Wilson speaks about how political upheaval in Zimbabwe is impacting the platinum marketplace...

Platinum Shortage on the Horizon

21 November 2017 - According to a quarterly report released by the World Platinum Investment Council, a resurgence in demand for platinum jewelry, increasing industrial demand...

From Oil to Ruthenium, Here's How Commodities Are Bouncing Back

1 November 2017 - Commodities are booming again. The Bloomberg Commodity Index is up more than 9 percent from its late-June lows, outpacing the S&P 500 Index's 6 percent advance...

LAWRIE WILLIAMS: Palladium premium over platinum to persist – Metals Focus

25 October 2017 - We are very pleased to note that analysts at Metals Focus seem to agree with us that palladium's supply/demand fundamentals should keep it at a premium over platinum...

Rick Rule Sees Potential Supply Shock Developing In Platinum Market

24 October 2017 - The platinum market has been sliding for a while. Like many metals, it posted some pretty lofty prices...

New Age Metals finds high grade

16 October 2017 - River Valley is Canada’s largest undeveloped primary PGM property...

Palladium Tops $1,000 as Hybrid Vehicle Growth Boost Precious Metal's Demand

16 October 2017 - Palladium topped $1,000 for the first time in more than 15 years Monday as prices for the precious metal used in gasoline and hybrid fuel car engines...

Palladium Tops $1,000 for First Time Since 2001

16 October 2017 - Palladium climbed above $1,000 an ounce for the first time since 2001 on hopes for rising demand from the car industry amid a shortage of supply...

Palladium: the Year’s Top Performer So Far

4 October 2017 - The first half of the year saw a distinctly mixed performance being recorded within the commodities complex—a disappointing outcome when compared...

Jeffrey Christian on Platinum-Palladium Price Reversal

3 October 2017 - Going forward, a real deficit should be expected to open. Rising auto demand is a major factor there. So the first trend is tighter market balances...

Lithium from the Canadian Shield

Summer 2017 - Lithium mining is a Canadian growth industry, with Canadian Hard Rock deposits offering some distinct advantages for high-tech Lithium markets...

The smartphone parts at risk of running out: Study listing 'endangered' metals reveals why we need to recycle mobiles

An average smartphone contains 41 different elements - and last year alone 1.2 billion of the handsets were sold globally. This is causing an imbalance between the supply of metals...

Our Most Precious Of Precious Metals

26 July 2017 - All our portfolios are highly diversified and we consider precious metals a key part of that strategy. For the past 46 years, Gold, the most famous precious metal...

Fuel cell vehicle sales boosting platinum demand outlook

24 July 2017 - Fuel cell vehicle sales are expected to grow by more than 200% this year, with Japan targeting 200 000 fuel cell electric vehicles on its roads in 2025 and 800 000 in 2030...

Toronto firm closing South African platinum mine

21 July 2017 - Toronto-based Atlatsa Resources is mothballing its Bokoni mine in South Africa as part of a debt-cancellation and restructuring deal with joint venture partner Anglo American Platinum...

CHARTS: Lithium-rich countries risk missing the boat on electric batteries boom

7 July 2017 - As Tesla Motors begins to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in Australia and other vehicle makers such as Volvo get on board the electric vehicles train, concerns are rising...

The Platinum-Palladium Spread Could Ignite Platinum, Finally

26 June 2017 - Platinum group metals are rarer than gold. The group has two subsectors, palladium-group platinum group metals which include platinum, palladium, and rhodium...

Surging Palladium Prices Predict $2,450 Price for Platinum

16 June 2017 - Palladium has been on a tear this year, up 35% to date. In fact, it is the second best performing commodity, second only to cobalt....

Palladium Blows the Whistle on the London Metals Market

13 June 2017 - We noted that London palladium lease rates started to surge in late 2016 giving early visibility of a physical palladium supply shortage...

Palladium is top performing commodity so far in 2017

12 June 2017 - The metal is up 32 per cent, beating 33 other raw materials, including lean hogs and aluminum, tracked by Bloomberg...

Summary of Platinum Supply & Demand in 2016

May 2017 - The platinum market remained in deficit for a fifth consecutive year in 2016, but the gap between supply and demand narrowed significantly, to just over 200,000 oz...

Special Report: 2017 Platinum & Palladium Outlook: More Profitable Than Gold & Silver

2017 - Platinum is so rare, in fact, that all of the metal ever mined could fit into your living room. And palladium is even harder to find...

New Partnership Makes it Easier to Invest in Platinum

27 March 2017 - Thanks to a new partnership between the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) and BullionVault, physical platinum can now be traded via a low-cost online marketplace...

Aussie Firm Takes Bullish Stance on Lithium Outlook

23 March 2017 - Australia-based Independent Investment Research (IIR) is bullish on the outlook for lithium, saying it will be one of the key commodities to watch this year...

Reasons why a family office should consider investing in platinum

Summer 2016 - Platinum in Family Office portfolios may be the unexpected enhancer of diversification, sustainability and returns: Active promotion of jewellery and investment combine with...

Why The Lithium Boom Is Still In Its Early Stages

13 June 2016 - Nobody knows just how big the lithium market could be. The market's demand for longer lasting batteries in consumer electronics is insatiable, and increasing the use of lithium steadily...

Big Lithium Catch in Fish Lake Valley - A Whole New Lithium Play in Nevada

10 June 2016 - In brief, lithium is high-power simplicity. On the periodic table, it sits right below helium, and above all other metals. Because its atoms are so light, its power-to-weight ratio is high, which is a simple measurement to compare the performance of power sources...

New path forward for next-generation lithium-ion batteries

31 May 2016 - In the quest for a radically better lithium-ion battery, a promising direction is the so-called "lithium-rich" cathode, in which the cathode contains a higher proportion of lithium than normal...

Cobalt: The Bass Player in the Tesla Band

16 May 2016 - Numbers are numbers and facts are facts: we make serious money when we figure out how those statistics could affect the future. For the past year, we've been haranguing about the global shortage of cobalt. We're not alone in this. See John Petersen's series of beautifully analytical data-driven articles...

Platinum and palladium markets to go into deficit in 2016: GFMS

16 May 2016 - End of strikes in South Africa pushed production back up, but higher supply offset by robust autocatalyst demand. There is good news on the horizon for investors of platinum group metals (PGMs), though a reader has to scrutinize the fine print in the latest report from GFMS to find it....

Solar Impulse Flies Lithium/Sulphur Batteries Around the World

22 Apr 2016 - The Solar Impulse launched into the future from yesterday's Hawaiian dawn. It is a zero-fuel aircraft, sucking its energy from the sun, and storing it in lithium/sulphur batteries, to perform the impossible - an solar powered aircraft capable of night flight...

Analysts Expecting Higher Palladium Prices in 2016

19 Apr 2016 - Investors following the palladium market will be glad to know that there are some positive sentiments in regards to palladium prices. Palladium– despite having dipped in early April – is trading at about 0.4 percent higher than in March, with an April 15 price of $568 per troy ounce...

Palladium Joins the Gold and Silver Party

19 Apr 2016 - Investors haven't been keen on the newest precious metal so far this year, but Australian bank Macquarie thinks prices could rise around 20%. It’s been a pretty good year for bulls of the two oldest precious metals. Gold has been on a bit of a tear as interest rates have remained either stubbornly low or turned negative...

Tesla Model 3 Orders Crossed 400,000

13 Apr 2016 - Vice President Of Tesla Motors discusses fundamental DNA of Tesla. "Our cars are sexy - people love to drive them." Before Tesla, EVs were made with the motto: you do not have to drive really, but if you absolutely have to...

What does Tesla's Success Mean for Autocatalyst Demand?

12 Apr 2016 - Pre-sales launched for Tesla’s much awaited Model 3 last week and within a few days they reached 325,000, the strongest car pre-sale on record and a mutliple of analysts' expectations. Past models sold by the high-performance electric vehicle...

5 Top Platinum Producing Countries

22 Mar 2016 - Platinum­ group metals (PGMs), including platinum, palladium, rhodium and other metals, are prized for their durability, resistance to corrosion and excellent catalytic properties. These characteristics make PGMs useful in everything from jewelry to electronics. Today, the automotive industry is the world’s largest consumer of these...

Palladium Investing and the Lithium Revolution

21 Mar 2016 - It's not as sexy as gold, silver, or platinum...But it's just as important to the global economy. Palladium is actually very special among the metals. The metal is highly resistant to wear and tarnish, making it well suited for applications like jewelry. Palladium also has very stable electrical properties and has become a key material for electrical capacitors and semiconductors — the organs of all of our plug-in gadgets...

Palladium Investing and the Lithium Revolution

15 Mar 2016 - Palladium prices have on the downtrend for the past year, but this month, it looks as if things could be picking up for the white metal. Palladium prices have gained roughly 12 percent, or $61 over the past month, and the metal is up 21 percent since hitting a low of $467 per ounce on January 12. Still, in the March edition of the FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast...

Industrial and Base Metals Fundamental Analysis, April 1, 2015 – Forecast – Copper, Palladium & More

31 Mar 2016 - Copper took a big hit today falling 41 points to trade at 2.741 after traders had pushed up prices on the hopes of additional stimulus from the Chinese which did not happen on Monday. Palladium got a bump after auto sales and consumer confidence reports in the US and Asia showed signs of positive recovery in the retail markets...


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