World depends on a lithium economy, delegates hear at Benchmark World Tour 2017: Toronto

On the 68th floor of the BMO Tower in downtown Toronto, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence hosted its second stop of 17 on the Benchmark World Tour 2017 on Monday 24 April. The 107 strong delegation comprised of institutional investors, commodity majors and mining development stage companies heard from players across the lithium ion battery supply chain … Continue reading World depends on a lithium economy, delegates hear at Benchmark World Tour 2017: Toronto

Benchmark World Tour 2017 launches in Vancouver, lithium & cobalt high on agenda

The Benchmark World Tour 2017 launched in Vancouver on 21 April ahead of events in Toronto (24 April), Washington D.C. (26 April) and New York (28 April). The free-to-attend seminars cap off what proved to be a busy start to the year in North America’s battery market, with battery producers, auto manufacturers and national laboratories … Continue reading Benchmark World Tour 2017 launches in Vancouver, lithium & cobalt high on agenda

One month to go: Benchmark World Tour – Toronto & Vancouver (free) 

We are only one month away from the launch of the Benchmark World Tour 2017 in Canada and we are delighted that BMO Capital Markets will be hosting in Toronto and Vancouver. The World Tour is your chance to learn about the lithium ion battery supply chain from industry experts and some of the market’s leading companies – … Continue reading One month to go: Benchmark World Tour – Toronto & Vancouver (free) 

Donald Trump and Elon Musk’s unholy alliance

Almost immediately after Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States were the political analysts and commentators declaring the end of the country’s green energy movement and a return to the days of North American coal. There were many understandable, if one dimensional, reasons to come to this conclusion, after all a … Continue reading Donald Trump and Elon Musk’s unholy alliance

BMO Capital Markets to host Toronto & Vancouver

Free lithium ion battery seminars: Canada’s leading investment bank to host Benchmark’s World Tour events in Vancouver (21 April) and Toronto (24 April) We are delighted to announce that BMO Capital Markets will be hosting the Benchmark World Tour 2017 in Toronto and Vancouver.  Following a successful introduction of the lithium ion thematic at BMO’s 26th Global Metals … Continue reading BMO Capital Markets to host Toronto & Vancouver

Bigger than Giga: Tesla’s plan for 3 more battery megafactories

Tesla’s latest financial results not only painted a rosy picture for the clean energy crusader in 2016 but also hinted at significant future infrastructure expansions putting further strain on already stretched raw material markets. In January production of Tesla’s new 2170 cell – which will be used in energy storage as well as the Model … Continue reading Bigger than Giga: Tesla’s plan for 3 more battery megafactories

China threat sparks Hitachi’s four-fold graphite anode expansion

The world’s second largest lithium ion battery anode producer, Hitachi Chemical, is to expand its graphite anode capacity by four-fold in 4 years to prepare for a global wave of demand from lithium ion battery megafactories that are under construction. Hitachi is investing up to $90m to expand its capacity in Japan to produce 100,000 tonnes … Continue reading China threat sparks Hitachi’s four-fold graphite anode expansion

Strong lithium price signs for 2017 show real demand story

During our world travels and meetings with investors, we constantly get asked where we see prices in 2017. We have consistently answered that we do not expect a lithium price crash in 2017 and the signs are pointing to further price increases, especially in China after Galaxy Resources signed a spodumene contract for $830-905/tonne – … Continue reading Strong lithium price signs for 2017 show real demand story