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MiningNews Select to debut in Sydney, return to Perth




Global mining investor meetings to run in partnership with Rule Investment Media

SYDNEY, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Following the success of the inaugural MiningNews Select investor conference in Perth last year, leading resources information provider Aspermont Ltd has expanded the offering in 2024 to include a Sydney leg, and welcomed resources investment legend Rick Rule as a partner.

Run over two days (March 17-18), MiningNews Select Sydney will bring together the heart of the Australian investor community with some of the most promising junior mining stocks listed on the ASX, all of which are heavily exposed to the pending bull run in commodity prices fuelled by the energy transition.

Some of the keynote speakers include:

  • Eddie Rigg, Executive Chairman, Head of ECM,Argonaut
  • Guy Keller, Portfolio Manager, Tribeca Nuclear Energy Opportunities Strategy, Tribeca Investment Partners
  • Brett Beatty, Partner, MD Australia, Investment Team Leader, Resource Capital Funds

The event has confirmed leading investors in the resource sector, including RFC Ambrian, EMR Capital, Longreach Capital Investment, Terra Capital Natural Resources, Eden Asset Management and EquitiesFirst.

Furthermore, some of the mining corporates presenting at the event include: Alma Metals, PolarX, Maximus Resources, Helix Resources, Elevate Uranium, Impact Minerals and Emmerson Resources.

Last year’s launch event in Perth saw more than 250 retail, high-net-worth, family office and institutional investors directly engage with the management teams from 30-plus small-cap mining opportunities. More than 500 meetings were facilitated over the conference.

MiningNews Select Sydney promises to deliver similar value, and Aspermont is pushing to expand the experience for those who return to Perth for the event’s second outing in Australia’s resources capital over June 17-18.

MiningNews Select Perth will be again be co-located with Aspermont’s operational conference series, Future of Mining, with delegates from both conferences cross-pollinating the audiences. Last year, some 1,500 delegates networked across the joint forum.

The MiningNews Select events were born from Aspermont’s flagship finance gathering in LondonMining Journal Select, which will take place across July 1-2 this year. The senior London event expects to host some 200 largely institutional and family office investors who will watch presentations from around 20 development-stage companies, hand-picked by the Mining Journal Intelligence research team. Explorers will also be taking meetings.

For the first time, all three of Aspermont’s finance events will partner with Rule Investment Media to enrich the program and deepen the investor pool. Rule Investment Media chief executive Rick Rule will join the Mining Journal and teams on stage to present and interview chief executives from some of the world’s most prominent and investment-worthy mining groups. Digital interviews and company presentations will also be made available to Rule’s 80,000-strong investor following.

Rule will partner with the Aspermont editorial and research teams to help build agendas focused on current commodity trends, contrarian investment strategies, risk management and navigating capital markets. These keynote discussions and panels will complement the company presentations.

Aspermont chief executive Alex Kent: “The partnering of Rule Investment Media with Aspermont’s finance events brings together a North American giant of natural resources investment and the world’s longest-running and most authoritative mining finance publications, with their bases in London and Australia – it is a combination capable of materially influencing global resources investments going forward.”

The Mining Journal editorial team will play a role in Rule Investment Media’s Rule Symposium, scheduled for July 7-11 in Boca Raton, Florida. The symposium will also be boosted by Aspermont’s global distribution channels and industry connections.

There are plans to expand the conference format in future years as the partnership matures.

Event Details and Registration

The MiningNews Select conferences will unfold over two days, commencing on March 18 (Monday) from 9:00 am to 5:25 pm and continuing through March 19 (Tuesday) from 9:00 am to 3:40 pm at Pan Pacific Perth.

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About Aspermont:

Aspermont is a global media group that is the established leader in the delivery of paid content and conferences across all areas of the mining and energy industries. With leading publishing brands such as Mining Journal, Mining News, Mining Magazine and Australia’s Mining Monthly, and the successful Events including Future of Mining Series, Mining Journal Select and more, Aspermont is at the forefront of the industry developments and is a well-recognised and respected brand. Aspermont is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and quoted on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. It is also quoted on Tradegate and other regional German exchanges. The company has offices in the UK, Australia, Brazil, USA, Canada, Singapore and the Philippines.

Media Contact:

Bilal Azmat Head of Marketing, Aspermont
[email protected]  
+44 208 187 2308

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Velo Is Enhancing Its Own Ecosystem Through Interoperability




Interoperability in Velo: To Infinity and Beyond

BANGKOK, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — As new blockchains and blockchain-based platforms emerge, it’s crucial for these ecosystems to be interconnected, enabling users to seamlessly transfer their assets without complications. Velo is enhancing its own ecosystem through interoperability, aspiring to become a pivotal connection point for various blockchains.

A significant update within Universe is its support for multiple wallet addresses on a single platform, catering to users who possess multiple wallets across different platforms. This feature is essential for managing diverse assets conveniently.

Furthermore, Universe is integrating multi-chain login and registration support for networks such as Solana and Tron, thereby improving Velo’s accessibility and usability. Efforts are in place to refactor the user database and management code, ensuring a smooth and secure experience.

Velo is advancing its blockchain integration by incorporating the Solana and Tron networks, aiming to offer enhanced deposit and withdrawal functionalities to enrich its ecosystem. This initiative involves deploying Solana and Tron chain-node and full-node functionalities, thereby broadening the network’s diversity and user options. Additionally, Universe is introducing a dedicated user interface (UI) for Solana transactions, encompassing deposit-withdrawal and account management across Webplus and mobile platforms, ensuring a seamless user experience.

This streamlined approach guarantees that Velo’s users have comprehensive and intuitive access to a broader range of transaction options, significantly boosting the platform’s utility and user engagement.

The integration with the Lightning Network marks a significant advancement in improving Bitcoin transactions. By implementing Lightning chain-node and deploying a BTC full-node, Orbit aims to streamline Bitcoin deposits and withdrawals, making them faster and more cost-efficient.

Velo’s dedication to ensuring inclusivity and connectivity with other blockchains is evident through the concrete steps it has taken. With aggressive strides towards unlocking the full potential of the Velo Protocol, Velo is poised for significant growth and innovation.

About Velo Labs

Velo Labs is a global pioneer in Web3-based financial solutions, offering a cutting-edge liquidity and settlement network for secure, efficient value transfers. Backed by Stellar Network and CP Group, our reach has expanded beyond Southeast Asia and the Pacific, now serving partners worldwide. We connect and complement the gap between traditional banking infrastructure and Web3, leading the way in blockchain mass adoption. Our extensive Web3-based payment network and Lightnet, our licensed settlement partner, position us as a global heavyweight. Velo Labs offers a diverse range of Web3-based products, notably Orbit, tailored for individuals, merchants, corporations, and enterprises worldwide — dedicated to empowering global financial connectivity and expanding accessibility globally.

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CGTN: China vows to develop new quality productive forces in modernization drive




BEIJING, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — China saw the number of contracted technology transactions grow by 28.6 percent in 2023, an achievement that speaks volumes of the country’s enhanced capacity for innovation-driven development.

China will leverage the leading role of innovation, spur industrial innovation through advancements in science and technology, and press ahead with new industrialization, according to a government work report submitted on Tuesday to the national legislature for deliberation.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang delivered the report at the opening meeting of the second session of the 14th National People’s Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The report says that the country will strive to modernize the industrial system and develop new quality productive forces at a faster pace.

Developing new quality productive forces

With innovation leading the way, new quality productive forces mean going beyond the traditional models of economic growth. This path features high technology, high efficiency and high quality, and aligns with China’s new development philosophy.

In order to develop these new quality productive forces, the government work report lists a series of tasks.

It calls for improving and upgrading industrial and supply chains besides cultivating emerging and future-oriented industries, such as hydrogen power, new materials, biomanufacturing, commercial spaceflight, quantum technology and life sciences.

The report also says that innovative development of the digital economy will be promoted, an Artificial Intelligence Plus initiative will be launched, and the country will consolidate and enhance its leading position in industries such as intelligent connected new-energy vehicles.

Moreover, China has set an economic growth target of around 5 percent for 2024 and vowed to promote high-quality development. It will issue ultra-long special treasury bonds annually over the next several years for implementing major national strategies and building up security capacity in key areas, starting with 1 trillion yuan of such bonds this year, according to the report.

The report also stresses efforts for invigorating China through science and education and consolidating the foundations for high-quality development.

China will speed up efforts to build a contingent of personnel with expertise of strategic importance and cultivate more first-class scientists and innovation teams.

The country will develop platforms for identifying basic research talent, train high-performing engineers and highly-skilled workers, and enhance support for young scientists and engineers, according to the report.

Acting on people-centered development philosophy

China will make efforts to ensure and improve the people’s welling and promote better and new ways of conducting social governance, the report says.

It highlights that China will deliver real benefits to the people to their satisfaction by acting on the people-centered development philosophy.

In 2023, China’s per capita disposable income of residents increased by 6.1 percent, and over 66 million taxpayers benefited from an increase in the special additional deductions for individual income tax, which cover children nursing expenses, children’s education and elderly care expenses, according to the report.

In 2024, the country expects to create over 12 million jobs in urban areas and keep the surveyed urban unemployment rate at around 5.5 percent.

China will also enhance ecological conservation and promote green and low-carbon development, including taking comprehensive steps to improve the environment and boosting the green and low-carbon economy, according to the report.

In 2023, China’s installed renewable energy capacity surpassed its thermal power capacity for the first time in history and it accounted for over half of newly installed renewable energy capacity worldwide, according to data released by the National Energy Administration.

The country will advance the energy revolution and actively and prudently work toward peaking carbon dioxide emissions and achieving carbon neutrality, according to the report.

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SK chemicals, Hyosung Advanced Materials, and Hankook Tire Commercialize South Korea’s First Chemically Recycled PET Tire



  • Establishing a circular economy that extends from recycled PET to high-strength tire cords and electric vehicle-exclusive tires
  • Leading the global tire industry’s sustainable management by commercializing products with 45% eco-friendly certified materials

SEONGNAM, South Korea, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — To reduce carbon emissions, the South Korean industrial sector has developed and commercialized the country’s first tire using chemically recycled PET.

SK chemicals (CEO Ahn Jae-hyun), Hyosung Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. (CEO Cho Yong-soo), and Hankook Tire & Technology Co., Ltd. (CEO Lee Soo-il, hereafter Hankook Tire) announced on the 5th that they have successfully developed the electric vehicle-exclusive tire “iON” applying “circular recycled PET (polyester) fiber tire cords.” Circular recycling is an exclusive chemical recycling technology of SK chemicals that breaks down discarded plastics through chemical reactions into molecular units and then uses these raw materials to produce recycled plastics.

Before the commercialization phase, there were instances where chemical recycling technology was applied to concept tires or prototypes, but the release of a tire product to the market using chemically recycled PET-based tire cords through to commercialization is a first in South Korea.

SK chemicals, Hyosung Advanced Materials, and Hankook Tire have collaboratively developed this tire over a period of about two years. SK chemicals has reliably supplied the circular recycled PET “SKYPET CR”, and Hyosung Advanced Materials developed the high-strength recycled PET-based tire cords using this as a raw material. The developed tire cords were applied to Hankook Tire’s premium electric vehicle tire brand, iON. The iON tire, with a 45% sustainable material content, has recently passed the stringent reliability verification by a European automotive manufacturer, securing final approval for use and being mounted as tires for new vehicles.

Tire cords are fiber reinforcement materials that help maintain the shape of the tire and withstand the load and impact applied during driving, enhancing the tire’s durability, driving performance, and ride comfort.

SK chemicals’ “SKYPET CR” has the advantage of maintaining high-quality properties and safety even after infinite recycling, compared to the physical recycling method of washing discarded plastics or cutting them into flakes for reuse, and it can achieve properties equivalent to petrochemical-based materials.

The iON model developed by Hankook Tire incorporates 45% sustainable materials, including bio-based, circular, and bio-circular polymers, bio-based silica along with Hyosung Advanced Materials’ tire cords, and the model is the first tire to bear the ISCC PLUS certification logo.


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