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Robin Bromby

About Robin Bromby

Robin Bromby is a journalist, author and sometime publisher who has had titles issued by mainstream publishers, including Doubleday, Simon & Schuster and Lothian Books. Robin began as a cadet journalist in 1962 with The Dominion, the morning paper in Wellington, New Zealand. He also worked for the NZ Broadcasting Corporation, TV1, the South China Morning Post, The Herald (Melbourne), the Sunday Times (Wellington), The National Times (Sydney) and, since 1988, he has been first a staff reporter and now columnist for The Australian and has been a Senior Editor for InvestorIntel since the onset.

Lithium’s great story: 80 years in the making

lithium_Ion_Battery This is not the first time people have been excited by lithium. The great mass of the investing public has only been on top of the lithium story for little more than a year yet the story has been there for some time, in one form or another. In 2009, for example, Foreign Policy journal, in an article by David J Rothkoff, had a headline reading “The Great Lithium Game”. He began: “In Asia, Europe, and the United States, people are getting excited by the electric car – for good reason”. He went on to argue that the ”major fly…

China – the great disrupter of commodities markets (and not in a good way)

Another China drama is unfolding (on top of their $30 trillion corporate debt time-bomb, that is). This time it’s wild speculation in commodities that has driven up prices of several metals. So we get one more example of incoherent Chinese economic “policy”. As I write this on a day when news has come that Australia is now in deflation and its dollar has taken a bath, we can only look at this latest headache in relation to China with growing concern, as any commodity-producing country and company should also be viewing it. If it were the Congo, no one would…

Mark Smith explains why niobium is the unsung hero of the metals industry

Niobium NioCorp Developments Limited (TSX: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF | FSE: BR3) is developing North America's only niobium / scandium / titanium project. Located near Elk Creek, Nebraska, the Elk Creek Project is the highest grade niobium project in North America, as well as the largest prospective producer of scandium in the world. NioCorp is positioned to emerge as the United States' only producer of niobium and scandium. These elements are unique and valuable superalloy materials that are strategic and critical to many industries and national defense technologies. No new niobium mines have come into production since 1976. Three years ago, Geoscience Australia combined…

Roman says Harte Gold has done what it told investors it would achieve

Stephen_Roman Harte Gold Corp. (TSX: HRT) is developing the Sugar Zone property, White River, Ontario. It is a high grade deposit open at depth and on strike. There's an Indicated Resource of 980,900 tonnes, grading 10.13 grams/tonne for 319,280 ounces of contained gold (uncapped) and an Inferred Resource of 580,500 tonnes, grading 8.36 g/t Au for 155,960 ounces of contained gold (uncapped).  April 20, 2016 - In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Stephen Roman, Chairman, CEO and President of Harte Gold Corp. — and also the winner of the “Prospector of the Year” award at the recent PDAC…

China moves to increase gold power — and world supply looks to dwindle

Gold miners are, well, worth their weight in gold because they look likely to be beneficiaries of a seismic event and a trend. Both factors should ensure not only that demand for the metal stays strong, but the gold price remains robust. The seismic event was China's launching on Tuesday of a yuan-denominated gold benchmark. This is throwing down the gauntlet in two respects: one, to dislodge the US dollar as the sole currency in which gold is quoted, the first fix this week being 256.92 yuan a gram (equivalent to $1,234.50/oz); and, two, to wrest some power in the…

Bourassa on the lithium price almost tripling – and Nemaska’s advanced plan to meet demand

Bourassa_Guy Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSXV: NMX | OTCQX: NMKEF) intends to become a lithium hydroxide supplier and lithium carbonate supplier to the emerging lithium battery market, a market largely driven by electric vehicles, cell phones, tablets and other consumer products. The spodumene concentrate produced at Nemaska Lithium's Whabouchi mine will be shipped to the Corporation's lithium compounds processing plant to be built in Shawinigan, Quebec. April 19, 2016 -- InvestorIntel Publisher Tracy Weslosky talks to Guy Bourassa, CEO and President of Nemaska Lithium, Inc. Guy Bourassa has so far secured more than $50 million in financing for the project. In this interview…

Nevada Energy Metals locks in ground at world’s lithium hub

Nevada_Energy_Metals Nevada Energy Metals (TSXV: BFF | OTC: SSMLF) website includes two questions: "Why Nevada?" is one. The second is "Why Lithium?". Well, we know the answer to the second. The first also, probably, but just in case you need to know, the answer is that Nevada, according to the company, is the US state that is “becoming a hub for manufacturing for energy storage, clean energy and greener transportation that could one day be as important as silicon”. This is background to the announcement this week by Nevada Energy Metals that it has acquired 60 claims (covering 484 hectares) in Clayton…

Lithium Australia offers investors more upside to success

Lithium_Australia Before you begin discussing Lithium Australia NL (ASX: LIT) it is best to remind yourself of the ambitions of this company. As it says on their website, LIT "aims to control the greatest lithium resource base of any entity worldwide, producing battery-grade Li carbonate from Li micas, the ‘forgotten Li resource’.” It is through this prism that you watch moves this company makes, and it has made several moves in recent days. This has been accompanied by a sudden surge in market interest. Last Wednesday, some 408,791 shares went through the market. Come Thursday of last week, volume soared to…

Lithium mine back in action as China demand stays strong

iStock_000026018128_Small Poor old lithium, they’re trying to rain on your parade – and on a day when two Australian companies have revived a major mine project there. As reported here on InvestorIntel, Galaxy Resources (ASX:GXY) and General Mining (ASX:GMM) have announced that the Mt Cattlin mine in Western Australia has resumed production. Yet today my colleague John Petersen follows up his earlier ground-breaking work on cobalt, essentially pointing out that the shortages of that metal (a vital component of the lithium-ion battery technology) will curtail the growth of the technology in terms of making those batteries cheap and plentiful and thus…

Tech metal update: blackmarket cobalt, flake graphite caution, and tin’s energy future

Here are two facts to know about the cobalt business. One, that up to 35% of the cobalt produced in the world comes from mining operations that are losing money (mainly from the nickel they also produce). Two, that some 10,500 tonnes a year (of the total 110,000 tonnes mined last year) is pulled out of the ground by artisanal miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Actually, there is a third fact: while the use of child labour in cobalt production is still serious, it may not be as bad as first thought (at least in terms of the…