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Lithium-ion batteries use lithium and graphite — now add some tin to triple capacity

An interesting item this month in The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington. It reports that a team at Washington State University is working on building a better battery for smartphones. Actually, the story first emerged two years ago when some technical journals featured the work of Professor Grant Norton and his team at WSU's School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. They had come up with the idea to introduce a tin anode rather than a carbon one, so — they hoped — tripling capacity and allowing faster recharging. But it was not a…

Baotou — with an eye on WTO appeal — signals tough times ahead for Chinese REE producers

Woody Allen made the now famous quip that, if you want to make God laugh, tell him your future plans. For “future plans“, substitute “rare earth forecasts”. Back in the 2011 frenzy that sent REE prices to the stratosphere, could you have imagined an analyst writing the following in April 2014: “In reporting diabolical first quarter results, the world’s largest producer of rare earths, the Chinese group Baotou, warned that fears of the World Trade Organisation ruling which could lead to unrestricted exports from China could drive prices down even further”?…

Lifton & Weslosky Technology Metal Report

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On this holiday weekend, I thought I would extend a complimentary viewing of the Lifton & Weslosky Technology Metal Report, a special weekly video that is published on InvestorIntelReport for members every Wednesday. Jack was in Toronto on Wednesday and Thursday, and during lunch he explained that he preferred the term "Intelligence" -- so the name InvestorIntelReport may be a placeholder, but moving forward we will be producing this video weekly for publication on our InvestorIntelReport only. And please, for those that are not in love with this formula appreciate that all of…

The Great Rare Earth Price Recovery – Boldly Backwards Into the Future!

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I was putting together a pile of data recently for a new cut at a forward-looking rare earths price deck. This one will deal with all the rare earths, except for thulium because no one can tell me what thulium is really for, and there isn’t any data available on it because, as far as I can tell, no one really cares. If you are the one buyer in the world who really needs thulium, and not just nearby rare earths with some thulium contaminating it, I’m sorry, but I’m still not going…

China announces decision to appeal against the WTO rare earth ruling

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China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has announced its decision to lodge an appeal against the WTO rare earth ruling on April 17th. “We will devote every effort to make an appeal. Regardless of the appeal's outcome, China's policy objectives to protect the environment and resources will not change, we will also continue to boost management of resource industries following the WTO rules and safeguards fair competition." the MOFCOM spokesman Shen Danyang said on Thursday at a monthly briefing. The U.S., Japan and the EU last month won a big victory over…

South America is the 2nd largest destination for Chinese direct foreign investment

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Trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) relations between China and Latin America and the Caribbean are growing in the past 15 years by a factor of 25 according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The majority of Chinese FDI is directed towards the banking sectors of the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, but Chinese companies have increasingly been targeting the Latin American natural resource and industrial sector. China has targeted several countries but Brazil and Argentina, which are rich in land, as well as…

New technology for critical metals, agribusiness, nuclear plants, 3-D printing, renewable energy — you name it, Japan’s there

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Having spent a few weeks (involuntarily) accompanying various shopping expeditions in Paris, I have become — suddenly — aware of Uniqlo. The crowds of women of all ages lining up at the cash registers at one of its Paris stores attests to the extraordinary success. And I read that staff are allowed just 60 seconds to process each retail transaction. Now this Japanese designer of casual wear is planning to launch in Australia, with a target of 100 stores in this country. The Uniqlo phenomenon, and I am assured by the shopper in this…

The sizzling silvery-white Indium heats up for a bull run

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Indium (In) – joined at the hip to Zinc: For those zinc bulls amongst us (and my hand shoots up) the received gospel is that that Lead/Zinc supplies are on the wane over the next few years. This is not due to a shortage of the metals on the planet or to potential deposits not being identified but rather due to underinvestment in new mine development on deposits already long-ago identified. This is compounded by a decline in existing production with the closure of big mines such as Century (Australia), Brunswick…

Heartbleed Bug ‘contagion’ creates market malaise

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Our last week ended with the rumbling from the confusion that came from disruptive impact of the Heartbleed bug that had online paranoia at an all-time high. In case you have not drilled down through the endless media coverage and analysis on what happened here’s what your computer(s) and various electronics may or may not have caught: “The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service…

Mining Finance in Capital Markets for Antimony Miners

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I was a guest speaker this week at the 2nd World Antimony Forum in Madrid. My topic was Mining Finance in Capital Markets for Antimony Miners. More on that later (because I was the ultimate speaker). The crowd was a select one indeed with key players from the European and Asian regions with a smattering of North Americans and even some parties from Central and South America. Definitely the forum had the heavy-hitters in attendance. I would also note that composition was more than 90% “Buy Side” (traders, processors, refiners, end-users) versus…

China’s new round of rare earths stockpiling to boost prices

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Regardless of whether you consider the recently opened Baotou Rare Earths Products Exchange or the rare earth stock exchange, the prices of rare earths in China have gained strength recently, buoyed by the efforts of China’s State Bureau of Material Reserve (SBMR) to proceed with a new round of its rare earth stockpiling plan. The state-run ‘China Securities Journal’ reported, on April 9th, that an agreement over reserves has been signed between the SBMR and some large rare earth producers (including China Minmetals Rare Earth, Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-Earth, Chinalco…

Solvay’s toll refining services redirect the downstream rare earth dream

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First Come, First Served: How much water can you pour out of an 8 ounce glass? Does that seem to be a trick question to you? It really isn’t. The answer is 8 ounces. So now let’s look at an analogous question: How much, in total output, of individual rare earths can Solvay’s La Rochelle, France, separation plant with a total installed output capacity of 9,000 metric tons per year process? The answer is obviously that Solvay’s LA Rochelle, France, global rare earth (a phrase I use to indicate that the…

Hop Boyd on the real advantage of having the right chemical processing engineer on the job

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April 10, 2014 -- Hop Boyd Jr., Chief Manager, Process Engineering Associates LLC (PROCESS) speaks to Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel. Hop has been a chemical engineer for many years and he describes his job, in jest, as a "highly educated plumber". Of course, PROCESS does much more than that. It offers process engineering services - as opposed to electrical, mechanical or structural -- from design and to safety services, relying on its over 50 highly qualified, full-time chemical engineers. As a further analogy, Hop describes the typical scenario…

Quest’s revised PEA shows a potential to address the global heavy rare earth and yttrium supply deficit

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China is and will remain the dominant factor when it comes to rare earths but its supremacy is eroding, as it aims to reduce its annual production of rare earths for various reasons to about 90,000 tons per year. In 2010, production was 130,000 tons. Whether China will manage to shut down a vast number of illegal and small mining operators, consolidating the industry in China is another issue. Yet, the demand for rare earths continues to grow. Some analysts predict an annual increase of up to 10%, implying that at…
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American Vanadium Announces First Cellcube ™ Vanadium Flow Battery Installation In New York

April 23, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- AMERICAN VANADIUM CORP. ("American Vanadium" or the "Company") (TSX.V: AVC) (OTCQX: AVCVF) announces it will partner with the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to demonstrate the CellCube(TM) vanadium redox flow energy storage system. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the New York City Transit (NYCT) Office of Strategic Innovation and Technology will…

WTO rare earth ruling won’t stop China from protecting environment

April 23, 2014 (Source: People Daily Online) -- China plans to appeal the World Trade Organization's ruling that its restriction on rare earth exports violates global rules, said Shen Danyang, spokesman of ministry of Commerce, on April 17. China will spare no efforts in appealing, but whatever the result, China's policy of protecting its resources and its environment is not…

Quest Announces Election of Directors

April 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX:QRM)(NYSE MKT:QRM) is pleased to announce that all of the nominees listed in its management proxy circular dated March 12, 2014 were re-elected as directors at Quest's annual meeting of shareholders held on April 17, 2014 in Montreal. At the meeting, a ballot was conducted for the election of directors. According…

Profits nosedive for Chinese rare earth miner

April 23, 2014 (Source: Want China Times) -- China Minmetals Rare Earth, a leading miner in the business, posted a drastic decline in net profits in the first quarter of 2014 due to low rare earth prices. The company made 1.6 million yuan (US$261,300) in net profits from the start of January to the end of March, diving by 94.1%…

Minmetals Profits Down 94% As China Rare Earth Industry Suffers from Price War

April 22, 2014 (Source: IBTimes) -- China's rare earth sector is being hurt by low prices, as the country lost in a key lawsuit at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the US, Europe and Japan. Earlier, China Minmetals Rare Earth Co. Ltd, reported a steep decline in profits for the quarter ended in March 2014. The company's profits declined…

Rare Earths, China, and the WTO

April 22, 2014 (Source: China Radio International) -- Following years of argument back and forth, the World Trade organization has ruled against China in a dispute over the trade of rare earth metals. Rare earths are a group of 17 lesser-known minerals such as Cerium, Prometheum and Scandium. Many of them have chemical or physical properties that are vital in…

Lynas wins court battle

April 22, 2014 (Source The Australian) -- Rare earths miner Lynas has won a Malaysian court battle over its operating licence. The Malaysian Federal Court, the highest court in the country, dismissed with costs an appeal from the Save Malaysia Stop Lynas group. The group was seeking leave to apply for judicial review of the Atomic Energy Licensing Board's decision…

Tesla says gigafactory will source only North American materials

April 21, 2014 (Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal) -- Tesla Motors Inc. said it will use only minerals from North America to build the lithium-ion batteries built in its planned $5 billion gigafactory,  Bloomberg reported. The company said it won't use overseas sources for materials like cobalt, lithium and graphite so that it can minimize the environmental impact of the batteries. The move comes…

Ucore Announces Closing of Final Tranche of Non-Brokered Private Placement for Cumulative Total Proceeds of $7.88 Million

April 17, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE U.S. Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:UCU) ("Ucore" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that further to its news releases dated April 11, 2014 and April 16, 2014 it has closed the final tranche of a non-brokered private placement ("Private Placement") by issuing…

Canada Strategic Metals Complete 11 Drillholes Program at the Sakami Gold Project and Hit Mineralized Zone in Every Hole

April 17, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Canada Strategic Metals Inc. ("Canada Strategic Metals" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:CJC)(FRANKFURT:YXEN)(OTCBB:CJCFF) and Matamec Explorations Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MAT)(OTCQX:MHREF) are very pleased to announce that a drilling program began in March at the Sakami gold project is completed. The program was aimed at increasing the size of the main gold zone (Zone 25) to the west-northwest, as…

InvestorIntel Officially Launched for Entrepreneurs and Investors

Jack Lifton and Chris Ecclestone on BNN’s Commodities Thursday, April 17, 2014 April 16, 2014 -- Toronto, ON – ProEdge Media Corp., an online media company since 2001, is pleased to announce the official launch of InvestorIntel.com (“InvestorIntel”). InvestorIntel is a leading global investment intelligence news source for the innovative and entrepreneurial minded. Tracy Weslosky, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of InvestorIntel…

China to Appeal WTO Rare Earth Ruling

April 17, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- China said on Thursday it would appeal against a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that found it violated global trade rules with its export limits on rare earth minerals used in defense and technology products. China lost a WTO dispute in March, handing Europe and the United States a victory over what they see as…

Mr. Christophe Romary Joined Matamec as Business Development Director

April 17, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Matamec Explorations Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MAT)(OTCQX:MHREF)("Matamec" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Mr. Christophe Romary joined Matamec as Business Development Director, and will provide investor relations services, thus increasing its visibility within the financial community. Mr. Romary has more than 17 years of experience in investment banking, working with companies like Orion Securities Inc. (now…

Alaskan Senate Bill 99 allows for financing of REE and Multi-Mineral Mines near Ketchikan

Legislation to Grow Southeast Alaska Economy Moves Forward:(JUNEAU) -- The House Labor and Commerce Committee has moved Senate Bill 99, sponsored by Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage), which would give the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) the ability to issue bonds for two multi-mineral mining projects in Southeast Alaska while also making technical amendments to the Sustainable Energy Transmission…

Ucore Announces Increase in Non-brokered Private Placement and Closing of Second Tranche

April 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE U.S. Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:UCU), ("Ucore" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that further to its news release dated April 11, 2014, it has closed the second tranche of a non-brokered private placement ("Private Placement") by issuing 8,104,281 units…

Galway Metals Inc. completes $660,000 private placement

April 16, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Galway Metals Inc. (TSX-V: GWM) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has completed a non-brokered private placement financing (the "Financing"), as previously announced on March 31, 2014. The Financing consisted of the sale of 6,600,000 units (each, a "Unit") at a price of $0.10 per Unit, with each Unit consisting of one common share…

WTO ruling another defeat for China

April 16, 2014 (Source: China Daily) -- Two years after the United States, the European Union and Japan filed a complaint in the World Trade Organization against China's export restrictions on rare earths, the WTO issued a Panel report last month which determined that the Chinese actions were inconsistent with the world body's trading rules. This is the second such…

China’s rare earth firm Q1 profit slumps 70 pct

April 16, 2014 (Source: Xinhua) -- China's major rare earth producer Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-Earth Group said its net profit slumped 71.71 percent year on year to 69.38 million yuan (11.26 million U.S. dollars) in the first quarter of 2014. Its revenue tumbled 52.76 percent from the same period last year to 1.09 billion yuan, according to the company's…

China to Stockpile More Rare Earths, Huachuang Says

April 16, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- China may stockpile more medium-to-heavy rare earths this year as the nation prepares to contest a World Trade Organization ruling against its export controls, said Peng Bo, an analyst at Huachuang Securities Co. The government is in talks with producers to purchase materials such as terbium, lutetium and yttrium, which are used in applications ranging…

Economic report offers comprehensive analysis of Rare Earths industry

April 16, 2014 (Source: Recycling Portal) -- The Rare Earth Technology Alliance (RETA) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) have released a first of its kind economics report on rare earths.  “The Economic Benefits of the North American Rare Earths Industry” examines the essential role of rare earths in the economy and in many downstream products. “Addressing the growth and…

Nemaska Lithium Announces Closing of Over-Allotment Option

April 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- THIS NEWS RELEASE IS NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. WIRE NEWS SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Nemaska Lithium Inc. ("Nemaska" or the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:NMX)(OTCQX:NMKEF) announces today the closing of an offering pursuant to which an aggregate of 3,900,000 units of the Corporation (the "Units"), at a price of $0.125 per Unit,…

Pele Mountain Announces Option Grant

April 14, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Pele Mountain Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GEM) (OTCQX:GOLDF) ("Pele" or the "Company") announced that it has granted 250,000 incentive stock options to one individual director. The options are exercisable at $0.10 per share and expire on December 31, 2018. The exercise price of the options granted is above the closing price of Pele's common shares on…

Tasman Files Financial Results for the Six Months Ended February 28, 2014

April 14, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Tasman Metals Ltd. ("Tasman" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:TSM)(FRANKFURT:T61)(NYSE MKT:TAS) - Mr. Mark Saxon, President & CEO, announces that the Company has made its interim filings for the quarter ended February 28, 2014, with United States and Canadian Regulators on April 14, 2014. The Company's interim report for the quarter ended February 28, 2014, is…

Geomega Resources Inc.: Closing of Aggregate of $3,315,000 Brokered Private Placement

April 14, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Further to the news releases of February 28th and March 19th, 2014, Geomega Resources Inc. ("GéoMégA" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:GMA) announces the final closing (the "Final Tranche") of a brokered private placement with Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. ("IAS") acting as agent consisting of 1,796,000 units (the "Units") at a subscription price of $0.60 per…
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