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  • General Motors GM Canada EV electrical vehicle supply chain Ultium plant cathode

    GM looks to Quebec for cathode plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Adding to a growing list of deals to source the materials and components needed for its vision to get everybody in on its transition to an all-electric future, General Motors is working with POSCO Chemical to develop a roughly $400 million plant in Quebec to produce cathode active material for Ultium batteries that will power GM electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Silverado EV, GMC HUMMER EV, and Cadillac LYRIQ. Planning to have the capacity to build 1 million electric...

  • ITER JET facility tokamak fusion power magnet Princeton University PPPL DOE

    DOE lab develops possible fusion magnet

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Scientists at the United States Department of Energy Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have designed a new type of magnet made from niobium and tin that could aid devices ranging from tokamaks to x-ray machines. In a recent experiment that shattered its old record, researchers at the Joint European Torus (JET) facility reported producing 59 megajoules of energy over five seconds with the holy grail of energy, fusion – more than doubling the facility's previous r...

  • Jaguar Mining Minerva Intelligence DRIVER artificial intelligence AI SaaS LEO

    Jaguar Mining impressed with DRIVER AI

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Looking to increase the speed and accuracy of establishing drill targets on its gold properties in Brazil, Jaguar Mining Inc. has signed a license for long-term use of Minerva Intelligence Inc.'s DRIVER, a proprietary artificial intelligence-driven product developed to allow mining companies to better understand and evaluate drill data to pinpoint superior targets, geometallurgical domains, and more through 3D modeling. "Jaguar is committed to embracing new technologies to...

  • Aston Martin sportscar Britishvolt EV electric vehicle partnership battery-power

    Aston Martin teams up with Britishvolt

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    To develop high-performance lithium-ion batteries that will power the next generation of ultra-luxury electric cars in the United Kingdom, Aston Martin has formalized an agreement that merges its 109-year history of automotive excellence with Britishvolt's pioneering expertise in battery technologies. "For a prestigious marque such as Aston Martin, staying true to its world-renowned brand of ultra-luxury, high-performance vehicles, whilst transitioning to electrification,...

  • Sony Honda JV joint venture EV electric vehicles partnership new company Vision

    Sony and Honda join forces for future EVs

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    In a collaborative twist, automotive giant Honda Motor Co. Ltd. announced an agreement with Sony Group Corp. to explore the possibility of forming a strategic alliance aiming to create a new era of high value-added battery electric vehicles and commercialize them in conjunction with providing mobility services. While it may seem strange for the monolithic entertainment company that has brought into the world things like the Playstation and the original Spiderman movies, Sony...

  • Hitachi John Deere JV ended joint venture mining construction machinery Americas

    Hitachi restructures for American mining

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 15, 2022

    With its sights set on supporting North and South America's mining sectors with a growing line of equipment and technological innovations, Hitachi has broken ties with John Deere and launched Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. Hitachi and Deere have been working together since the 1960s and officially forged a partnership to build and distribute excavators in the United States during 1988. This joint venture, which brought together Hitachi Construction Machinery's... Full story

  • Teck Resources Alaska Red Dog zinc germanium critical minerals fiber optics

    America's largest critical minerals mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Mar 8, 2022

    On Feb. 22, 2022, Teck Resources Ltd.'s Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska became the largest critical minerals operation in the United States, both in terms of quantity and value of the materials produced at this world-class base, precious, and critical minerals operation. Being catapulted to America's top dog when it comes to critical minerals production is not due to the germanium produced, though this semiconductor metal vital to ultrafast computing and communications is... Full story