Monthly Archives: May 2016

Total makes $1.1bn battery bid for foothold in the new oil

French oil and gas conglomerate, Total, has made a bid to acquire Saft, the Paris-based battery specialist for $1.1bn. The news, broken by Bloomberg, is the first major foray by a fossil fuel producer into what is emerging as a major new growth industry. Saft is a specialist producer of a variety of different battery … Continue reading Total makes $1.1bn battery bid for foothold in the new oil

Graphite demand from lithium ion batteries to more than treble in 4 years

Demand for graphite (carbon) used as anode material in lithium ion batteries is set to increase by over 200% in the next four years as global cell production surges on the back of maturing pure electric vehicle demand and the inception of the utility storage market. New data from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence forecasts the anode … Continue reading Graphite demand from lithium ion batteries to more than treble in 4 years

Cobalt & conflict minerals: The need for supply chain leaders

Michael Gibb, Global Witness // The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. Or so goes an old proverb. It is also the best time to start thinking seriously about sourcing minerals responsibly. In recent years the links between conflict, human rights abuses and the minerals trade have been increasingly well documented and understood. While some conflicts are fought over control … Continue reading Cobalt & conflict minerals: The need for supply chain leaders