Category Archives: China

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

Graphite demand from lithium ion batteries to more than treble in 4 years

Demand for graphite (carbon) used as anode material in lithium ion batteries is set to increase by over 200% in the next four years as global cell production surges on the back of maturing pure electric vehicle demand and the inception of the utility storage market. New data from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence forecasts the anode … Continue reading Graphite demand from lithium ion batteries to more than treble in 4 years

Chart: Flake graphite capacity utilisation drops below 50%

Weak flake graphite concentrate demand has forced global capacity utilisation under 50% for a second consecutive year. Flake graphite is used primarily in the steel industry – in refractory bricks and as a recarburising agent – and as a feedstock for battery anodes.  Although there was a marginal increase in production as a result of new … Continue reading Chart: Flake graphite capacity utilisation drops below 50%

EV surge sees China top Japan as No.1 battery separator producer

China has overtaken Japan as the world’s leading producer of battery separators amid strong demand from lithium-ion batteries used in cars. The country’s incredible surge in production of low emissions vehicles in 2015 has seen it overtake in the US as the leading producer with annual growth of 290% compared to 2014. China is expected … Continue reading EV surge sees China top Japan as No.1 battery separator producer

Benchmark World Tour dates announced

Dissecting the battery revolution: Free, global seminars focusing on battery raw materials, supply chain challenges and opportunities > SPONSOR & SPEAK > DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE  Dates* London  10 September 2015 (click to attend) New York  17 September 2015 (click to attend) Toronto   24 September 2015 (click to attend) Vancouver  1 October 2015 (click to attend) Hong Kong  8 … Continue reading Benchmark World Tour dates announced

Benchmark #2 launched: Europe’s conflict crackdown

Download our Q2 magazine which analyses the crackdown on conflict minerals in Europe, the fragile structure of these markets and the logistics involved in transporting them around the world With Europe set to follow in US footsteps with the introduction of conflict mineral legislation, the sustainability of critical mineral markets is set to come under renewed … Continue reading Benchmark #2 launched: Europe’s conflict crackdown

Benchmark Magazine launches

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has launched its first magazine issue which is free to download. The quarterly publication is part of an annual Membership that specialises in critical minerals and metals, disruptive technology and emerging markets. Benchmark will go beyond the news which is widely reported and direct to the core of trends that are effecting our industry today. … Continue reading Benchmark Magazine launches

How battery markets can learn from smartphone disruption

The rapid uptake of smartphones over the last 10 years can hold some valuable lessons for those involved in emerging battery markets. While some participants may still feel battery technology is not good enough to play any pivotal role besides its uses today, the reality is portable and stationary batteries will have an ever increasing … Continue reading How battery markets can learn from smartphone disruption

Deutsche Bank: EVs at the tipping point

Deutsche Bank believes we are at the dawn of a new auto era with “unprecedented technological and regulatory change” set to come in the next 5 years. In a new report viewed by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence that analyses the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain, the banking and financial services group explained that in its opinion: “EVs will … Continue reading Deutsche Bank: EVs at the tipping point

Has China Reached Peak Graphite?

From Shenzhen, China Benchmark Mineral Intelligence can reveal that China’s share of global natural graphite output will fall by 15% this year to levels not seen since the mid-1990s when the country began exporting to international markets. 2014 will see output fall to 70% of the world’s share from an all-time high of 85% in 2013. This … Continue reading Has China Reached Peak Graphite?