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European Lithium announces capital raising

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2017 The developer of the Wolfsberg project in Austria, European Lithium, on Wednesday announced that it would place shares to raise up to $4-million, with an option to raise an additional $1-million. The company would undertake the placement at an issue price of $0.225 a share, which represented a... 

Auto firms back deployment of high power EV charging network in Europe

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen group, which includes Audi and Porsche, have announced Ionity as a joint venture (JV) that will develop and implement a high-power charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe. Ionity will launch 400 HPC stations by 2020. 

Ford, BMW, Daimler and VW launch JV to enable long-distance electric vehicle travel

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen group, which includes Audi and Porsche, have announced Ionity as a joint venture (JV) that will develop and implement a high-power charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe. Ionity will launch 400 HPC stations by 2020. 

Italy grants Energia exploration licence for historic Salafossa mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2017 ASX-listed Energia has been awarded an exploration licence covering the historic Salafossa mine area, in northern Italy near the border of Austria, the company reported on Monday. Salafossa, which was operational between 1964 and 1986, comprised a single sub-horizontal Mississippi Valley Style... 

Pan-European bank celebrates 45 years in SA

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Pan-European banking and financial services provider UniCredit will celebrate 45 years of successful service in South Africa this year, having provided support for European companies entering African markets from its Johannesburg-based representative office since 1972. 

Bolivia and Paraguay sign nuclear cooperation agreements with Russia

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2017 Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group is to establish a Nuclear Research and Technology Centre (NRTC) in Bolivia. The contract was signed in Vienna, Austria, on September 19, between Rosatom group company State Specialised Design Institute (SSDI) and the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency... 

Trade deals, emissions laws set to challenge SA auto industry, warns Toyota Europe’s Van Zyl

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 In an effort to clean up ever-increasing pollution, the UK in July announced a proposal that sales of new diesel and petrol cars would come to an end by 2040. This announcement mirrors one made earlier by the French government, with a similar timeline and intent. This means two of South Africa’s... 

Company provides solutions to facilitate progress in industry

     29th September 2017 Aluminium has a “brilliant” future, as the light-weight material offers impressive solutions for sustainable mobility, durable packaging or urban construction projects, and the SMS group is perfectly positioned to further growth, avers systems supplier SMS group aluminium business head Michael... 

Trade deals, emissions laws set to challenge SA auto industry, warns Toyota Europe’s Van Zyl

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 In an effort to clean up ever-increasing pollution, the UK in July announced a proposal that sales of new diesel and petrol cars would come to an end by 2040. This announcement mirrors one made earlier by the French government, with a similar timeline and intent. This means two of South Africa’s... 

Bolivia signs contract with Russia to create nuclear centre

By: Keith Campbell     21st September 2017 Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group is to establish a Nuclear Research and Technology Centre (NRTC) in Bolivia. The contract was signed in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday, between Rosatom group company State Specialised Design Institute (SSDI) and the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency... 

European Lithium exploring several options for Wolfsberg offtake

By: Mariaan Webb     14th August 2017 ASX-listed European Lithium and Chinese lithium firm Shandong RuiFu Lithium have agreed to extend the timeframe for entering into a formal offtake agreement for spodumene concentrate production from the Wolfsberg project, in Austria. European Lithium chairperson Tony Sage said on Monday that... 

Austrian engineering firms complain to EU about 'wage dumping' law

By: Reuters     9th August 2017 An Austrian law which could deter companies from contracting out work to lower-cost eastern Europe firms is in breach of EU law, the country's engineering industry has argued in a filing to the European Commission. Austria's Association of Metaltechnology Industries said late on Tuesday it had... 

Wolfsberg spodumene delivers battery-grade lithium carbonate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2017 Spodumene concentrate from the Wolfsberg lithium project, in Austria, has been used to make a battery-grade lithium carbonate, which bodes well for the project to be a strategic supplier to the lithium battery plants being developed in Europe. Wolfsberg owner, ASX-listed European Lithium,... 

Cadence and Clancy aim to tap into Europe battery market with Austria project

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd July 2017 New project partners Cadence Minerals and Clancy Exploration are upbeat about prospects for the Leogang cobalt/nickel project extending over the Salzburg and Kitzbuhel regions of Austria, with an independent review of the project having delivered “encouraging” results. Aim-listed Cadence reported... 

SAPPMA and PPCA’s pipes XI conference

     30th June 2017 More than 35 of South Africa and the world’s top experts on issues relating to plastic piping, water infrastructure and engineering will be presenting at this year’s PIPES XI Conference – an annual event hosted by the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA).  This year’s... 

New Russia sanctions impact muted even as energy shares sag

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2017 For investors in Russia’s energy and metals sectors, the US Senate’s bill to expand sanctions was a blow. Whether it will hurt Russian companies targeted by the legislation is less certain. The Senate bill proposes adding restrictions to banks’ and energy companies’ ability to raise capital, and... 

Cadence signs MoU to earn 10% of Austria cobalt mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th June 2017 Aim-listed Cadence Minerals has signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ASX-listed Clancy Exploration to earn an initial 10% interest in the high-grade Leogang cobalt-nickel sulphide project, near Salzburg, in Austria, through the issue of 73.7-million shares. Under the terms of... 

Accelerate Property Fund reports strong FY performance, sees tough times ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 JSE-listed Accelerate Property Fund on Wednesday boasted strong financial results for the year ended March 31, with its year-on-year distribution per share up 7.3% to 57.75c apiece. Since listing in December 2013, its portfolio has grown from R5.5-billion, at a share price of R4.88 apiece, to... 

European Lithium raises A$1.1m for Austria project

By: Mariaan Webb     8th June 2017 Investors, mainly European, have committed A$1.1-million towards advancing the Wolfsberg lithium project in Austria, ASX-listed European Lithium reported on Thursday. Nonexecutive chairperson Tony Sage said the funds would help the company finalise a prefeasibility study for the project. 

Positive signs for IFAT Africa 2017

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2017 With four months to go before the beginning of the trade fair it is clear that IFAT Africa is proving to be relevant to many exhibitors. Close to 100 companies have already registered for the environmental technology trade fair in South Africa in 2017. IFAT Africa will be held at the Johannesburg... 

Structural supply side changes, growing demand support rising vanadium prices

By: Henry Lazenby     1st June 2017 Surging vanadium prices so far this year are underpinned by structural supply side changes and stable, growing demand from most end uses, analysis by independent market intelligence firm Roskill has found. Since falling to a 12-year low of $13.5/kg of ferrovanadium in the fourth quarter of 2015,... 

Rising US output holding back Opec’s efforts to cut global supply

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2017 Fast-rising US shale output continues to hamper efforts by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) to cut oil supply to boost prices. IHS Markit senior director Bhushan Bahree noted in a statement on Friday that the US’s crude oil production is expected to rise by more 900... 

South Africans to pitch innovations at Vienna Energy Forum

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd May 2017 Five South Africans will be representing South African clean technology initiatives at the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF), in Austria, in May, including two top performers from the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa (GCIP-SA). Each... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     13th April 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Despite an uptick in planned power-generation projects, it is still fair to say that Africa lacks reliable power supply, which has prevented the continent’s economies from developing in line with their potential, says Austrian Trade Commission Advantage Austria.  “The effects of the lack of... 

South Africans appointed to top nuclear positions abroad and at home

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General (DG) Yukiya Amano has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE). Tshelane will serve as a member of the Group for two years. The Group... 

SA Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO appointed to global advisory group

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2017 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Yukiya Amano has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE), it was announced on Sunday. Tshelane will serve as a member of the group for two... 

SA fly-farming venture receives funding for global expansion

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 Cape Town-based waste-to-protein producer AgriProtein says it has secured $17.5-million of further capital from its key strategic partners to fund the company’s expansion into Europe, North America and Asia.   The new investment values the fly-farming venture at more than $117-million.   The new... 

SA fly-farm venture secures funding for global expansion

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2017 Cape Town-based waste-to-protein producer AgriProtein says it has secured $17.5-million of further capital from its key strategic partners to fund the company’s expansion into Europe, North America and Asia.   The new investment values the fly-farming venture at more than $117-million.   The new... 

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator hosts international nuclear mission

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited South Africa from December 5 to December 15. The purpose of the IRRS mission was to examine South Africa’s nuclear regulatory system and compare it with the IAEA’s safety standards and... 

Locking down security: Fortinet urges beefed up security skills development

     5th December 2016 Ron Harris, Major Account Manager: public sector at Fortinet South Africa, says the IT security skills shortfall is a global problem. “In South Africa, we see cyber risk exposure increasing due to the skills shortfall, as well as due to ageing security infrastructure that is inadequate for... 

Construction of $340m East African hydropower plant to start in 2017

By: John Muchira     2nd December 2016 Construction of the $340-million Rusumo hydropower plant, on the Rwanda-Tanzania border, is set to begin early next year. This follows the awarding of the construction contract to a consortium Chinese companies China Geo-Engineering Corporation and Jianxi Water & Hydro Construction and Austria's... 

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

By: Riaan de Lange     25th November 2016 And I feel fine. These are the recurring lyric of the American rock band REM's song, which are an apt encapsulation of my feelings in the aftermath of what has been called Brexit  Part II, the seemingly unanticipated results of the US Presidential election. A few days since the election, on the... 

Canada accelerates transition to clean power; to phase out coal-fired generation by 2030

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd November 2016 The Liberal Canadian federal government on Monday announced accelerated plans to transition the economy to renewable energy sources, saying it would aim to phase out coal-fired plants by 2030. According to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, coal-fired electricity... 

Trade relations from afar

By: Riaan de Lange     4th November 2016 It took Julie Gold, in her own words, “on the one hand, two hours to write and, on the other hand, 30 years to write”, in 1986, the most famous of songs. The song was first recorded by Nanci Griffith for her 1987 album, Lone Star State of Mind, but it only became a commercial success after Bette... 

EuroBLECH 2016 presents digitisation in sheet metal working on record exhibition space

     26th October 2016 EuroBLECH 2016, the 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, has opened its doors today at the Hanover Exhibition Centre in Germany. Until Saturday, the 29th October 2016, a total of 1,503 exhibitors from 41 countries will present the latest technologies along the entire... 

Record number of economies carried out business reforms in past year

By: Anine Kilian     25th October 2016 According to the World Bank Group's yearly report on the ease of doing business, ‘Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All’, 137 economies worldwide have adopted key reforms that make it easier to start and operate small and medium-sized businesses. The report also found that 37 of... 

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