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  • 23-Apr-2019

    China’s water crisis stems flow of zirconium and rare earths for global industries

    World Water Day on 22nd March highlighted some staggering facts about water shortages affecting much of the world’s population. While many Western countries take access to clean water for granted, growing water crises in other countries have world-wide consequences. For example, China is taking steps to secure its water resources, with serious impacts for global […]

  • 03-Apr-2019

    Alkane Resources: fifty golden years… and a bright future

    Alkane Resources: a gold production company with a multi-commodity exploration and development portfolio.  Alkane has around 6,400 shareholders, including local investors interested in regional development.  The Company initially listed on the Australian Stock Exchange fifty years ago when Alkane’s primary objective was to search for hydrocarbons in the Sydney Basin, but the Company switched to […]

  • 27-Feb-2019

    Climate change action depends on supply of critical elements

    To prevent catastrophic climate change, we must rapidly reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, replace fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy sources and make much more efficient use of resources. A critical point is that these urgent tasks cannot be achieved unless we have a secure supply of elements essential to advanced […]

  • 05-Dec-2018

    Vital vanadium’s very short, so niobium’s needed instead

    The specialty metal vanadium has attracted attention in commodity and investment markets over the past year as strong demand widens the supply gap. Prices for its iron alloy, ferrovanadium (FeV), have increased 540% since early 2017. FeV is a hardening, strengthening and anti-corrosive additive for steels. Minor (typically less than 0.1% weight) additions of FeV enable […]

  • 06-Nov-2018

    REVIEW OF THE CHINESE ZOC MARKET AND GLOBAL FORECAST

    Zirconium oxychloride (ZOC) producers face tougher environmental standards in China, while materials costs are increasing worldwide, especially for zircon. Smaller producers are shutting down, the Chinese industry is consolidating, and ZOC prices are rising. In addition, many zircon mines are reaching the end of their life and supply chain stockpiles are dwindling, so the global […]

  • 12-Oct-2018

    From hay to oil to rare earths: feeding the evolving transport market

    This is an update to my previous article about the challenges of meeting exponential demand for electric vehicles (EVs). The global transport market’s hunger for EVs is voracious and growing. In 2017, 1million new electric cars were sold – 54% more than in 2016 – along with 100,000 electric buses and 30million electric scooters/bikes, mostly […]

  • 03-Oct-2018

    Advanced defence technology depends on Dubbo

    To monitor threats and defeat hostile actions, we expect advanced defence forces to deploy – increasingly by remote control – high-performance machines and systems that can withstand extreme environments, including space. Producing these advanced technologies requires a sustainable supply of critical materials: rare earths, zirconium, hafnium, and niobium. The United States, Japan, Korea, and European […]

  • 10-Sep-2018

    As smartphones switch to ceramic cases, look to zirconia supply

    Ask the average person about the applications of ceramics and you’ll probably get a list like this: kitchenware, decorative objects, bricks, tiles and pipes. This is a good summation of the first 20,000 years of ceramic technology, but in recent decades the list has lengthened dramatically to include specialised ceramic materials with advanced applications ranging […]