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03 Mar 2021

Rising EV-grade nickel demand fuels interest in risky HPAL process

As analysts and industry participants warn of a looming shortage of battery-grade nickel, there is an ample pipeline of projects employing high-pressure acid leach (HPAL) technology to produce nickel chemicals. But scrutiny of the process is also growing, after some facilities ran into difficulties or produced less than expected

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01 Mar 2021

Commodity Tracker: 6 charts to watch this week

Continuing the theme of strong commodity prices in early 2021, this week’s Tracker considers spikes and rallies across several products: rhodium, styrene and ethanol. Meanwhile, China shows enthusiasm for a new crude grade from Iraq; Japanese utilities stock up on LNG and Europe runs down its gas in storage. 1. Supply-constrained rhodium to potentially see more upside after all-time high What’s happening? Rhodium base prices have surged above $25,000/oz for the first time

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26 Feb 2021

US plastics recycling struggles to meet demand, highlighting investment gap

US demand for recycled plastic bottles has risen steadily in recent years to meet ambitious company and state government goals. However, recycling rates have held flat for the past decade, and even fell by a percentage point in 2019, according to the latest data released by the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR). According to NAPCOR's annual recycling report, PET bottles were recycled in the US at a rate of 27.9% in 2019, down slightly from 28

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