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High purity alumina (HPA) supply will not meet estimated demand over the next decade — even if every project in the pipeline goes into production (reports Stockhead). Last year, HPA was a niche industry building some momentum as analysts predicted a lithium-ion battery charged shortfall. That’s because one of HPA’s fastest growing uses is coating the separators that keep apart the cathode and anode electrodes in lithium-ion batteries: Last week, a report by CRU acknowledged that previous demand predictions were too conservative.

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Iron ore and gold marched higher this week for different reasons

Iron ore and gold marched higher this week for different reasons and while a continuation of gold’s upward move seems assured, the first sign of an end to the iron ore boom came in the form of a forecast from a big bank that the commodities super-cycle has returned. Westpac, Australia’s oldest bank, said growth in the domestic Chinese economy coupled with the rise of India and Indonesia seemed poised to launch the next phase of the super cycle.

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Strategic metals company TNG Limited has signed a binding heads of agreement with the operator of the Darwin to Tarcoola rail line, Genesee & Wyoming Australia, to haul material from the Central Australian Mount Peake mine more than 1100km to a processing facility in Darwin (reports The Sydney  Daily Telegraph).

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Plus, soaring gold price triggers big bounce in Millennium shares

There were many factors behind the 2017 Pilbara conglomerate gold bubble. But what really pumped up things was one of the great mining promotional events of our time. The September 2017 event was orchestrated by the lead company in the bubble, Canada’s Novo Resources Corp (TSX-V:NVO). Novo organised what’s known in the TV game as a live cross from the Denver Gold Forum to its Purdy’s Reward conglomerate project near Karratha in the Pilbara, a 50:50 joint venture with the ASX-listed Artemis (ARV).

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Load up with gold and head for the hills or rush into industrial metals and oil

Load up with gold and head for the hills or rush into industrial metals and oil. That seems to be your choice from Monday, when a new financial year kicks off and we’ll know whether Trump and Xi shook hands and smiled – or not! The handshake the world wants to see could occur today or tomorrow when Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to have a face-to-face meeting with US President, Donald Trump at the G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka.

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Plus, the bulls are running on Highfields’ Spanish potash project after receipt of environmental permit

Persistence in the Chilean coastal range is about to pay off handsomely for ASX-listed Hot Chili (ASX:HCH). It has just reported a top-40 porphyry copper-gold hit at its recently optioned Cortadera project, near the iron ore mining town of Vallenar and 700km north of Santiago. It’s a game-changer, but first some history.

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Perth broker Euroz has re-iterated its strong belief in Lucapa Diamond Company

Perth broker Euroz has re-iterated its strong belief in Lucapa Diamond Company (LOM), saying the stock is set to rise sharply on the back of expanding production. Euroz has set a buy recommendation on Lucapa with a price target of 61c, well ahead of its current price of 17c. London broker Panmure Gordon already has a 45c price target on Lucapa. Euroz says the recent US$10m sale of gems from the company’s Lulo project in Angola provides further evidence of the joint venture’s ability to self-fund a 50 per cent expansion of alluvial diamond mining operations.

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Pure Alumina (ASX: PUA) is on track to acquire one of the world’s most efficient and effective processes for making high purity alumina (HPA), according to the man who is poised to become the company’s new managing director, Scott Nichol (reports Stockhead). Nichol is the founder and chief executive of Polar Sapphire, the Canada-based company which owns this world-leading HPA technology. Pure Alumina is now in the process of acquiring Polar Sapphire and, as part of the deal, Nichol will become Pure Alumina’s managing director.

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