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Working within the confines

Export bans on unprocessed ore imposed by Indonesia, and proposed by the Philippines, have boosted the price of nickel and bauxite but there is a solution which could undo price rises just as easily.

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Gulf Manganese is looking to show its nickel and bauxite peers how to do business in Indonesia

The trick is for exporters to invest in local processing of minerals and, while that might be a heavy lift with nickel and bauxite, it is a lot easier with some other minerals such as manganese.