Category Archives: Batteries

Mining Journal’s Top 20 Most Influential People in Mining 2017; Benchmark Mineral Intelligence gets honorary mention

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence received an honorary mention in Mining Journal’s annual ranking of the most influencial people in the mining industry for 2017. China’s premier, Xi Jinping, claimed to top spot with US president Donald Trump, second. Meanwhile Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla, made his first appearance in the top 10 placing 7th. […]

Rise of the lithium ion battery megafactories: what does 2018 hold?

Since Benchmark Mineral Intelligence coined the term Battery Megafactory in 2014 the landscape of the lithium ion battery industry has changed significantly. Early on, Benchmark noticed a step change in the way battery supply and demand was developing and the corresponding growth in the size of planned cell production plants on a multi-gigawatt scale. These […]

Al Gore’s fund releases EV, batteries and sustainability report using Benchmark Mineral Intelligence data

Al Gore’s fund, Generation Investment Management, has released a new report outlining the opportunities in sustainability trends such as electric vehicles (EVs), lithium ion batteries, and renewable energy. The report uses Benchmark Mineral Intelligence data on lithium ion battery megafactories being built around the world and trading activities in Asia. “The past few years has […]

HOW CHINA IS RACING AHEAD IN THE ELECTRIC CAR INDUSTRY – BENCHMARK MAKES CHINA DAILY COVER STORY

This morning in Asia, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence made the cover story of China’s largest read English-language title, China Daily. The feature “Pole Position: From vehicle manufacturing and sales to battery production, China is racing ahead in the electric car industry” was written by industry journalist, Robert Blain, for China Daily, Asia Weekly. It feature quotes from […]

BASF targets cathode supply security with Norilsk nickel & cobalt negotiations

Chemicals and cathodes giant BASF announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Russian nickel behemoth Norilsk Nickel for the supply of nickel and cobalt for the next generation of battery cathode materials, to be produced in Europe. In a press release dated 27th June, the world’s leading chemical company highlighted their intention to […]

China’s battery push and Elon Musk’s Tesla – Benchmark quoted in Bloomberg article

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence was recently quoted in an article written by Bloomberg News renewable energy correspondent, Joe Ryan. The article focuses on lithium-ion battery production in China, and in particular how despite Elon Musk and Tesla attracting many of the headlines, their plans modest when compared to China. By 2020 installed lithium-ion cell production capacity […]

Benchmark Minerals cited in Financial Times’ UK electric vehicle industry article

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence was recently cited in an article written by Financial Times’ Motor Correspondent, Peter Campbell. The article reviews UK’s plan to inject £250m into the country’s lithium ion battery powered electric vehicle (EV) industry and bolster production which is dominated by Nissan’s LEAF manufacturing in Sunderland. It cites Benchmark’s lithium ion battery megafactory […]