Monthly Archives: July 2016

Lithium contract prices begin Q3 move towards high China levels

Benchmark’s lithium market price assessment service has now launched. Benchmark Data | Lithium is available via an annual subscription service . To receive access, please email us directly – info@benchmarkminerals.com  ———————————- London (Benchmark) – 26 July 2016 Contracted prices for lithium carbonate and hydroxide are starting their migration towards the very high levels only common in China until … Continue reading Lithium contract prices begin Q3 move towards high China levels

AMG plans lithium entry with $127/tonne concentrate production 

Critical mineral specialist Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. (AMG), has announced plans to build a spodumene processing plant and chemical conversion facility for the production of lithium as a by-product from its Mibra tantalum mine in Brazil. The project – which is scheduled to come online in Q1 2018 at an initial output of 90,000 tpa lithium concentrate, rising to 140,000 … Continue reading AMG plans lithium entry with $127/tonne concentrate production 

EU to tackle China on critical mineral trade

The EU has once again targeted what it sees as unfair export restrictions on Chinese minerals, with a further 11 materials included in a new case which has been raised with the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Included in the list are battery raw materials, graphite and cobalt, as well another 5 minerals for which the country operates quotas on … Continue reading EU to tackle China on critical mineral trade

Cobalt supply tightens as battery demand looms

Political tensions amidst the wider slump in global commodity markets, look set to continue the onslaught on cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) moving into H2 2016. Cobalt production in the DRC, home to over 60% of the world’s mined output, is estimated to have fallen by over 20% in Q1 2016 … Continue reading Cobalt supply tightens as battery demand looms