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China is once again flexing its proverbial muscles, imposing export controls on graphite and giving the Western world a reminder that it remains years ahead for certain aspects of the energy transition

The price of copper and capital costs will be central to Freeport-McMoRan’s decision on the timing of an expansion at its Bagdad copper operation in the US state of Arizona, the president of the US producer told Fastmarkets

The London Metal Exchange (LME) is trialing the expansion of its closing price methodology across five of its base metals contracts ahead of launching next year, the exchange’s chief executive officer told Fastmarkets

Nickel market participants rejected the idea of making nickel sulfate or other Class 2 products eligible for delivery against the Class 1 London Metal Exchange (LME) contract and want the exchange to instead focus on fixing the existing contract, according to the LME chief executive officer

While there’s more work to be done, stability has been restored to the London Metal Exchange nickel contract and confidence in its value as a pricing mechanism is starting to return, according to the exchange’s chief executive officer

The short-term outlook for copper is being understandably muted by investors’ macroeconomic and geopolitical concerns despite an ongoing positive story for the longer term, the chairman of Chilean state-owned copper producer Codelco said in an interview

Codelco is currently negotiating with fellow Chilean miner Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM) to create a lithium production partnership, the chairman of the state-owned copper producer told Fastmarkets

Codelco expects to begin to gradually increase its copper production following several years of declining output, with a roughly 30% rise from current levels expected by 2030, the chairman of Chile’s state-owned copper company told Fastmarkets

From insights into how the battery raw materials supply chain is changing to Albemarle’s bullish view of lithium demand growth, Andrea Hotter speaks at length with Eric Norris about his life, career and where Albemarle is headed next

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