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Aluminium and nickel appear to have once again escaped inclusion in the latest list of sanctions imposed by western governments on Russia, ending days of speculation that increased both the prices and the traded volumes of the metals.

Lepidolite producers in China have been a major wildcard in the lithium industry of late, with production surging despite its higher cost, energy-intensive nature.

The Western Australia Nickel assets owned by BHP are the latest casualty of the rout currently disrupting the nickel industry, with the miner saying that it might put the entire operating unit on care and maintenance

A decade after the Koniambo nickel joint venture in New Caledonia was inaugurated with great fanfare by the French president, its major industrial partner and operator, Glencore, announced it was putting the asset on care and maintenance and planned to sell its stake.

A group of major automotive manufacturers including Tesla and General Motors sent a joint letter with mining companies and electric vehicle (EV) battery companies on Monday February 5 urging the Biden administration to allow a 10% tax credit to apply to both mineral extraction and mineral processing in the US

The copper concentrate market was already tight, but the addition of major new smelting capacity this year – starting with the expansion of Freeport’s Gresik smelter in Indonesia — will likely mean maintenance breaks, capacity curtailments and potentially even closures while operating costs start to become untenable, Fastmarkets understands.

Major aluminium producers Alcoa, Rio Tinto and Century Aluminum have been accused of pocketing vast sums of money from the sale of aluminium products to the beverage industry in the US at inflated prices – and of potentially colluding to do so

A US Congressman has alleged that aluminium producers including Alcoa, Century Aluminum and Rio Tinto have engaged in anti-competitive price collusion by not offering duty-free aluminium to buyers in the country’s beverage industry

The London Metal Exchange is finding that when it comes to metal of Russian origin, and in particular aluminium, it can’t please all of the people all of the time.

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She also looks at mixed messaging over carbon-neutral terminology and the impact that environmental, social and governmental (ESG) considerations and resource nationalism is having on the battery materials market

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