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Reuters India - October 5, 2018
LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - The London Metal Exchange is preparing plans that will allow it to clamp down swiftly on cobalt brands on its...
have been mined in the DRC by children in artisanal mines surfaced more than a year ago. Nanjing Hanrui Cobalt, the main provider of raw

Cobalt is a key ingredient in the batteries that power electric vehicles, a fast-growing sector in the auto industry, and in metal alloys used to make jet engines…It has been singled out in the LME’s proposal to embed responsible sourcing principles into metal brands deliverable against its contracts, as most of the world’s supply comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, often from artisanal mines where human rights abuses are rife…Concerns that some providers of cobalt to the exchange may have used child labour have helped create a discount for the LME’s cobalt contract against prices gathered by trade publication Metal Bulletin, sources said…LME cobalt is currently around $63,000 a tonne. The contract’s discount to Metal Bulletin prices is currently around $13,000 a tonne, the sources said…The LME’s physically deliverable cobalt contract was launched in 2010, and it will add a cash-settled contract in 2019. Referring to the longstanding problem of discounts, cobalt traders said the LME needs to resolve the issue.

Financial Post - October 5, 2018
world leader in the mining and refining of nickel and cobalt from lateritic ores, today published the Applicable Reference Cobalt Price and

…today published the Applicable Reference Cobalt Price and Applicable Common Shares per Warrant Ratio for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018…Consistent with the terms of the Warrant Indenture dated as of January 25, 2018 and available on SEDAR, Sherritt will calculate and publish the Applicable Reference Cobalt Price based on the simple average of the midpoint of the Fastmarkets MB (formerly known as Metal Bulletin) High Price and the Fastmarkets MB Low Price1, expressed in US dollars per pound, for the three consecutive full calendar months immediately preceding each monthly Conversion Ratio Reset Date…Reference Date: September 30, 2018; Applicable Reference Cobalt Price: US$35.21

Financial Times - October 8, 2018
Small-scale mining that is unregulated and dangerous cannot be “wished away” as the push by carmakers into electric vehicles generates...

Speaking to delegates at the biggest annual gathering of the metals industry, Jeremy Weir said battery-related demand for cobalt was expected to at least treble by 2025, leaving the market dependent on a handful of mines in the DRC, one of the most impoverished and politically volatile countries in Africa…“Two-thirds of the world’s cobalt reserves are located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And as we are reminded daily, mining in the DRC is fraught with problems. One of these challenges relates to the role of artisanal, small-scale mining, commonly referred to as ASM,” he said… “The reality is that there are hundreds of thousands of people in the DRC who earn a living through work in the ASM sector. It’s illegal in many cases; it’s unregulated and can be very dangerous. But it can’t be wished away.”

Reuters US News - October 8, 2018
Cobalt is a key ingredient in the batteries that power electric vehicles, a fast-growing sector in the auto industry, and in metal alloys...
non-governmental organisation Pact and Chemaf will supervise the artisanal and small-scale miners, administer drug and alcohol tests before

Trafigura is investing in a project that will formalise and monitor artisanal and small-scale cobalt miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the chief executive of the commodities trader said on Monday…Cobalt is a key ingredient in the batteries that power electric vehicles, a fast-growing sector in the auto industry, and in metal alloys used to make jet engines…Trafigura’s project will be piloted on the Mutoshi mine in Congo and aims to train, provide protective equipment to and organise cobalt miners into licensed cooperatives, Jeremy Weir told a seminar hosted by the LME…Mutoshi is owned by Chemaf, the Congo subsidiary of Dubai-based Shalina Resources…Trafigura signed a cobalt offtake agreement with Chemaf in April to increase its foothold in minerals that will benefit from an expected boom in electric vehicles. 

BNN Bloomberg - October 9, 2018
regulatory scrutiny in China. Daimler is considering using cars from its electric-vehicle brand Denza, its joint venture with Warren Buffett

The German manufacturer is in talks with Li’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. in setting up a 50-50 joint venture to offer the services, said one of the people, who asked not to be named as the plan is private…The services would be a concrete step into cooperation between billionaire Li Shufu’s Geely Group and Daimler, deepening a relationship that started with the Li acquiring almost 10 percent of the German company early this year…Daimler is considering using cars from its electric-vehicle brand Denza, its joint venture with Warren Buffett-backed BYD Co., the people said…China, the world’s biggest auto market, may end its near-three-decade growth partly because consumers are moving from owning to sharing, according to analysts including Bill Russo, chief executive officer of Shanghai-based advisory firm Automobility Ltd.

Reuters India - October 6, 2018
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s SK Innovation said on Sunday it plans to invest 400 billion won ($354 million) to build a plant for key...
vehicle (EV) market. The plant will make separators for lithium ion batteries and ceramic coating. Construction is expected to begin early

South Korea’s SK Innovation said on Sunday it plans to invest 400 billion won ($354 million) to build a plant for key parts of electric car batteries in China as part of its effort to better compete in the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) market…The announcement comes a week after SK Innovation, which owns South Korea’s top refiner and a unit of the country’s No.3 conglomerate, said it is considering building an electric vehicle battery plant in the United States…In August, the firm said it planned to build an electric vehicle battery factory in China by 2019, under a joint venture with BAIC Motor and Beijing Electronics. It is also building a battery plant in Hungary.

Aerospace Manufacturing - October 9, 2018
Carmelo Lo Faro, president, Solvay Composite Materials, discusses the company’s established involvement in the aerospace sector.
the domain of independent start-ups and small firms, electric vehicles have recently seen the bigger companies also take an interest. For

Since the financial crisis of 2009, aerospace has been one of the few global industries seemingly resilient to economic cycles. This is in part down to globalisation; business is increasingly conducted internationally and so there has been a need for more and more air travel. The demand for fuel-efficient aircraft was the advent of an unprecedented build-up in the civil transport manufacturing backlog…We’re seeing a lot more interest in, and developments around, electrification. Composites will be critical in enabling electric planes to fly, offering the required lightweighting…What was once exclusively the domain of independent start-ups and small firms, electric vehicles have recently seen the bigger companies also take an interest. For example, Boeing is backing a start-up planning to develop electric jets, which is targeting a 2022 lift off.

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