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Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2019 A new manganese-containing material may contribute to platinum-using hydrogen fuel cells being driven down the cost curve. The new material, made from manganese hydride, is being earmarked for use in molecular sieves that work with the fuel cells in hydrogen fuelled systems that generate... 

Palladium boom gives South African miners only temporary reprieve

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 A surge in palladium prices has thrown struggling South African mining companies a lifeline. But it may not be enough. Besides patchy power supplies and high labour costs, South African miners are saddled with ore that typically produces twice as much platinum as palladium - just at a time a... 

Amplats considers sale of Twickenham and Bokoni mines – CEO

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is contemplating the sale of its Bokoni and Twickenham mines in South Africa, a move which would mostly complete the group's divestment strategy, its chief executive told Reuters. The precious metals producer has sold many of its mines as it pivots from the... 

Sibanye-Stillwater plans to resume dividend payments in 2020

By: Reuters     16th May 2019 Higher prices for industrial precious metals palladium and platinum have boosted earnings at Sibanye-Stillwater, enabling the miner to repay debt and plan to resume dividends next year, its chief executive Neal Froneman said. Sibanye, once the industry's highest dividend payer, last made a... 

$62m Zimbabwe smelter heeds local beneficiation call 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2019 The $62-million smelter at Unki Mine’s existing complex is a strategic investment, which meets local beneficiation commitments, Anglo American Platinum said on Thursday, when it opened the completed installation at a ceremony in Shurugwi, Zimbabwe. The smelter investment is indicative of the... 

Zimbabwe platinum mines to ride out power cuts, gold output less secure 

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 Power imports are cushioning platinum mining companies against Zimbabwe's worst blackouts in three years, but gold mines could face production cuts as they continue to rely on an unstable national grid, industry officials said. State utility ZETDC this week started indefinite rolling power cuts... 

Military stake stymies $4bn Zimbabwe platinum project  

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2019 A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4-billion is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions. The African Export-Import Bank has the mandate to raise money for the... 

Jewellery gives platinum biggest bang for marketing buck by far  

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2019 Marketing investment in the jewellery sector provides platinum with its biggest, best and quickest return by a long shot, with platinum jewellery accounting for 30% of overall platinum demand and at least half of that demand coming from China. Marketing spend on physical platinum investment... 

Anglo’s first-quarter copper output rises, while met coal production disappoints

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2019 Two planned longwall moves at Anglo American’s metallurgical coal operations made the biggest contribution to the company’s 6% decrease in overall production for the quarter ended March 31. CE Mark Cutifani said in a statement on Thursday that isolated production issues at the Venetia diamond... 

Power disruptions hinder Amplats’ first quarter production

By: Nadine James     25th April 2019 Anglo American Platinum’s first-quarter production was significantly impacted on by power disruptions, with total platinum group metal production down 6% year-on-year. The year-on-year dip to 998 900 oz of PGM was also as a result of the one-off benefit of additional ore stockpile which lifted... 

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