Cobalt sulfate, tetroxide prices strengthen on near-term demand optimism

Expectations of stockpiling activity ahead of the Chinese National Day holiday (October 1-7) have boosted sentiment among suppliers, leading to higher spot quotations for battery raw materials, including cobalt sulfate and tetroxide. Fastmarkets’ assessment for cobalt tetroxide 72.6% Co min, delivered China rose to 200,000-210,000 yuan ($28,140-29,547) per tonne on Wednesday September 18, up 2.5% from…

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Russia: fire breaks out at NLMK’s VIZ-Stal plant in Yekaterinburg

A fire broke out at 3,200 square meters of the cold-rolled metal products unit of steelmaker Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK)’s Yekaterinburg-based VIZ-Stal plant, 200 people have been evacuated, a representative of the region’s emergency services reported. “Combustion of hydraulic oil occurred on an area of 3,200 square meters. 200 people have been evacuated,” the person said.…

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