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January 19th, 2023 | 11:23 CET

Apple, Power Nickel, Volkswagen - New flights of fancy due to lithium resources

  • Mining
  • Nickel
  • Electromobility
  • computing
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Apple shines with its new Mac Mini. Gone are the days of Intel processors. With their in-house M2 chips, a new consumer group of young creatives such as influencers, podcasters and other media professionals have an entry-level model at a fair price. No wonder the demand for metals like lithium is multiplying. The Canadian company Power Nickel can make excellent use of this boom. In its current drilling program, the results indicate high nickel deposits. This raw material is also of particular interest to Volkswagen. The group wants to invest in Canadian mines and is building six battery plants to produce and equip its EVs.

time to read: 4 minutes | Author: Juliane Zielonka
ISIN: APPLE INC. | US0378331005 , Power Nickel Inc. | CA7393011092 , VOLKSWAGEN AG VZO O.N. | DE0007664039

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    Terry Lynch, CEO, Power Nickel
    "[...] Nickel, therefore, benefits twice: firstly from its growing importance within batteries and secondly from the generally growing demand for such storage. [...]" Terry Lynch, CEO, Power Nickel

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    Apple: With new M2 chip to turbo speed

    Apple is one of the largest processors of metals such as aluminium, cobalt, copper, glass, gold, lithium, paper, plastics, rare earths
    (neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium), steel, tantalum, tin, tungsten and zinc. These are the findings of their sustainability report.

    From January 2023, Apple will only build M2 processors into select computer formats. Gone are the times when an Intel chip provided top performance. The M1 chip already caused a sensation at the end of 2020. Now Apple is following suit. The M2 chip not only represents a new standard in speed but also consumes significantly less energy.

    New to launch with M2 Turbo Speed: the Mac Mini and the new MacBook Pro. Apple's consumer group is young creatives and professionals. On the official Apple YouTube channel, the Company presents its innovations in a kind of mini-keynote format.

    The M2 Pro has a memory bandwidth of 200 GB and accommodates up to 32 GB of RAM. The introduction of the Pro chip enables high-performance workflows not previously possible in such a small package. In addition, the Mac Mini supports WLAN 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, and the headphone jack is now designed for high-impedance headphones common in the studio environment.

    With the introduction of this model, Apple is specifically targeting the ever-growing number of content creators, influencers, podcasters and media professionals. Anyone who looks at the growth figures of TikTok, Instagram and YouTube in the course of their research will understand what a goldmine is opening up for Apple with the introduction of the Mac Mini in the low-price segment.

    Power Nickel - New drill results show high nickel deposits

    For the rapidly increasing commodity demand, Canadian company Power Nickel represents a lucrative opportunity for the commodity portfolio. Power Nickel has focused on the exploration and production of nickel. The Company operates several projects in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. Key projects include the Black Eagle project in Ontario and the Lynn Lake project in Manitoba.

    By investing in these projects, Power Nickel has built a portfolio of high-quality nickel resources. This potential offers investors great opportunities over the long term. With management's extensive mining experience and excellent locations, investors can be assured that Power Nickel's development will generate sustainable returns. With its commitment to the mining sector, Power Nickel offers investors a long-term value creation opportunity with high return potential. The exploration company continues to report new, encouraging results from its Phase 2 drill program near James Bay, Quebec, on the "Nisk" project. These initial evaluations confirm the presence of high-grade Ni-Cu-Co-PGE mineralization in the Nisk Main Zone, which extends 150 m wide and to the east and below the central portion.

    New assays show that the mineralization lies below the intercept reported by drill hole PN-22-009. This new area is considered part of the same main lens and extends the previously reported intercept from 25.86m to 40.30m. Power Nickel is a sustainable business that will be profitable over the long term.

    Volkswagen to invest in Canadian commodity mines and start a battery plant in Spain from 2026

    The Volkswagen Group also knows how valuable raw materials such as nickel are in the course of the energy transition. Gradually, the farewell to the combustion engine is taking place. The Volkswagen Group announced this week that the Valencia region in Spain has been finally confirmed as the final location for the European battery cell network. The plant is expected to be operational in 2026, employing more than 3,000 people.

    Volkswagen's battery plant will launch in Spain in 2026. Source:

    Volkswagen's Spanish project will involve components and processes related to e-mobility. One of the group's goals is to produce 40-gigawatt hours of electrical energy annually to manufacture battery cells, and the Sagunto site will be powered by green electricity. As a result, VW has launched a campaign to recruit skilled workers.

    VW plans to initially build 6 internal cell factories in Europe. In addition, the Company is exploring the possibility of building a factory in North America. In August, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) signed a memorandum of understanding in Canada with the government to promote electromobility. In order to secure raw materials for batteries, Volkswagen plans to invest in Canadian mines.

    The new technological heights of Volkswagen AG and the Californian Apple are based, among other things, on the valuable raw material, lithium. Not only is the performance of the new generation of Macbooks becoming significantly faster and more efficient, but electric car batteries also need the metal to keep up with the demands of the market and the desire for the energy transition. The time is ideal for Canadian explorers like Power Nickel to continue their drilling programs to be able to extract the popular metal soon.

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    Der Autor

    Juliane Zielonka

    Born in Bielefeld, she studied German, English and psychology. The emergence of the Internet in the early '90s led her from university to training in graphic design and marketing communications. After years of agency work in corporate branding, she switched to publishing and learned her editorial craft at Hubert Burda Media.

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