Growing pains in lithium as electric vehicles surge

The lithium market is stretched. Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) in China have increased substantially in the last few years. Manufacturers of the batteries that power these EVs are finding it increasingly difficult to secure the lithium raw materials they need. Years of slow supply growth have left the market scrambling to meet a sudden supply shortfall as rechargeable battery technology … Continued

Developments in zinc and its uses

A very versatile and sustainable material, zinc plays a key role in a variety of industrial and product applications that facilitate modern life. More than 14 million tonnes of zinc are produced annually worldwide; 54 per cent of this amount is used for galvanising to protect steel from corrosion. Approximately 15 per cent goes into the production of zinc-based alloys, mainly for use … Continued

The key factors driving gold

Skyrocketing debt and low interest rates are driving gold. Gold’s best friends remain the world’s debt-addicted central bankers. Like a bunch of stimulant-addicted athletes looking for their next high , central bankers have become enormously dependent on stimulus. What started out as a post–global financial crisis (GFC) means of avoiding international economic catastrophe has now morphed into a dangerous addiction – and the means of … Continued

Mining industry safety records

Historically, mining is one of the most hazardous industrial sectors. Although the industry has achieved significant success in reducing the number of accidents and limiting their consequences, it remains a risky business. According to NSW Trade and Investment, the average fatal injury frequency rate (FIFR) decreased by 65 per cent between 2007 and 2012. The overall lost-time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) also decreased by … Continued

The little recognised requirements of growth centres

Can Australia become a growth centre of the world? Video address by Mrs Gina Rinehart to the International Women’s Federation of Commerce And Industry’s Global Women’s Trade Summit in Melbourne, Australia. Good morning, distinguished guests and all delegates – greetings from the Roy Hill berths at Port Hedland. As you can see, we have two ships in harbour, one almost loaded, which will go out tonight and the other that we’re about … Continued

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