Basic Materials Headlines

Evian joins big brands in race to bin plastics

LONDON, Jan 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Evian became the latest big brand to turn its back on polluting plastics on Thursday, pledging to make its water bottles from recycled materials by 2025.

EMERGING MARKETS-Chilean, Argentine equities hit record highs

Chile's equities market hit a record intraday high on Thursday on positive developments for the nation's lithium and copper industries, while Argentina's benchmark index also rose amid continued heavy interest from international investors. On Wednesday evening, Chilean state development agency Corfo said it had struck a deal with lithium miner SQM, ending a long dispute over royalties in Chile's Salar de Atacama and potentially unlocking significant investm