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With the neodymium market tightening, can Ce-NdFeB magnet tech step up?
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The Department of Magnetic Materials in the Powder Materials Division at the Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS) published results on improved magnetic properties for Ce-NdFeB magnets.

Sumitomo Metal Mining to exit Indonesian nickel partnership with Vale
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After a disagreement over construction scheduling and costs, the partners will no longer work together on the 40ktpy nickel mixed sulphide precipitate project in Indonesia.

South African media shines spotlight on large-scale illegal chromite mining
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The number of large-scale illegal chromite mining operations in the heart of the country's Western Bushveld is increasing. Many illegal mines are now mechanised and are operating in broad daylight.

Shaeffler signs rare earths deal with hopes to produce its own e-motor magnets
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German auto parts supplier Schaeffler has signed a five-year deal with Norway's REEtec to supply rare earth oxides to support its transformation into an e-motor supplier with captive magnet production.

Mexico continues with plans to nationalise its future lithium production
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Mexico's Congress passed a bill to nationalise lithium, tightening control over its domestic supply chain.  The bill has attracted some criticism, on the grounds that it may limit investment into Mexican mining projects.

LG Energy switches to Indonesia to build USD$9Bn EV supply chain
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A South Korean consortium led by LG Energy Solution will invest USD$9bn to build a mine-to-manufacturing battery supply chain in Indonesia. LG is looking to reduce its reliance on Chinese suppliers.

US Department of Energy to fund Syrah Technologies graphite facility
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The US Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office announced a conditional commitment to lend up to US$107M to Syrah Technologies for its Syrah Vidalia Facility in Louisiana.

General Motors to source cobalt from Glencore's Murrin Murrin
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Glencore and General Motors have announced a multi-year sourcing agreement in which Glencore will supply the automotive giant with cobalt from its Murrin Murrin operation in Australia.  

Ferroglobe looking to increase silicon metal output at its USA and RSA plants
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Ferroglobe, one of the key silicon metal and ferrosilicon producers outside of China, is planning to ramp up output at its US plant and restart its South African plant, the latter idle since 2019.

Canada's Government to spend big on critical materials
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Canada’s federal budget promised grants for surveying, processing, and recycling, as well as tax credits for new mines and subsidies for infrastructure, though it did not reduce regulatory oversight.   

Australian Vanadium advances its eponymous project with BFS
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Australian Vanadium published a BFS this week, positioning it as one of the most advanced projects in the vanadium space.  Next steps include regulatory approvals with an investment decision due Q4 2022.

All change for Vale in Brazil as it moves to sell manganese and iron ore mines
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Brazil's Vale has agreed to sell its manganese and iron ore mines in central Brazil to holding company J&F Investimentos. The company also signed an agreement to build a “green” pig iron plant in Marabá.

Australia's Government announces funding for Illuka rare earths refining
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The government of Australia announced a loan of AUD1.25Bn (US$0.9Bn) from its Critical Minerals Facility to Iluka Resources (Iluka) for the development of a rare earths refinery in Kalgoorlie.

Will exploration in Oman help to further establish its chromium industry?
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State-owned Minerals Development Oman is currently conducting geophysical surveys to explore for strategic resources including copper, chromium and other metals and minerals, across Oman.