Refratechnik Adds QMAG to Industrial Minerals Business

Baymag Inc of Calgary, AB, a member of the Refratechnik group of companies, has announced that Refratechnik, based in Germany, has entered into a share purchase agreement with Sibelco Ltd of Belgium to acquire 100% of QMAG Ltd of Australia. Sibelco acquired QMAG from Resource Capital Funds of Denver, CO in 2012 for an undisclosed...

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Rio Tinto Restarts Furnaces in Canada

Rio Tinto of London, England has reported fourth quarter 2019 borates production of 128,000 tonnes, an 8% increase from the same period of 2018. The company’s 2019 production of 520,000 tonnes was up from 512,000 tonnes in 2018. The company says that production was in line with 2018 and aligned with market conditions. And that...

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Lithium Americas Initiates EIS for Lithium Project

Lithium Americas Corp of Vancouver, BC has announced the publication of the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Thacker Pass lithium claystone project in northern Nevada. Thacker Pass is 100%-owned by Lithium Nevada Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Americas Corp. The NOI formally commences the National...

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Medallion Hires Stantec to Scout REE Plant Sites

Medallion Resources Ltd of Vancouver, BC has engaged Stantec to evaluate sites in the U.S. for its proposed rare earth element (REE) extraction plant using feedstock sourced from the south-east United States. The company has recently completed the design of a proprietary hydrometallurgical process to extract a rare earth element concentrate from by-product monazite sand...

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Syrah Produces High Purity Spherical Graphite

Syrah Resources Ltd of Australia reports that optimization of purified spherical graphite production quality and specifications was undertaken through the fourth quarter of 2019 with purity greater than 99.95% achieved at its battery anode material (BAM) facility in Vidalia, LA. Natural graphite was supplied by the company’s Balama mining operation in Mozambique. Syrah plans to...

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