Do DRC politics spell further price rises for Cobalt? Why 19 December is a date to mark…

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has initiated its cobalt coverage and anticipates to begin monthly price assessments for cobalt chemicals used in lithium ion battery cathodes by Q1 2017. For more information contact Caspar Rawles, Analyst, crawles@benchmarkminerals.com (@CDMRawles)  ———————– Political rumblings in the DRC may have a major impact on the price of cobalt. It has been … Continue reading Do DRC politics spell further price rises for Cobalt? Why 19 December is a date to mark…

Imerys turns to Africa for its graphite future; first move by major to diversify from China

Want to learn more? Graphite Supply Chain 2016 will take place on 11-13 November, Newport Beach, CA. Join us – click here. /// EXCLUSIVE: Imerys Graphite & Carbon, a subsidiary of Imerys SA – the world’s largest diversified producer of niche minerals and metals – has entered into a joint venture with Gecko Namibia to … Continue reading Imerys turns to Africa for its graphite future; first move by major to diversify from China

A decade of growing pains: Not just Samsung’s problem 

It has been an explosive start for Samsung’s new cell phone, Galaxy Note 7, with a few of the devices literally combusting into flames.   It became apparent in the many airports we passed through for the Benchmark World Tour 2016 that it was becoming a serious problem for Samsung.  Warnings on the Galaxy Note 7 … Continue reading A decade of growing pains: Not just Samsung’s problem 

The lithium ion revolution: Four slides from the Benchmark World Tour 2016

The lithium ion battery megafactories are being built and low cost, abundant cells are on their way. As a result, the way we store and use energy is about to fundamentally change. As part of our industry leading World Tour 2016 series of seminars, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has outlined four must read slides that explain … Continue reading The lithium ion revolution: Four slides from the Benchmark World Tour 2016

Cobalt price gains begin, H2 surge likely

Tightening supply and growing demand has finally sparked the beginning of a recovery in cobalt prices which is likely to escalate throughout H2 2016. Increases of between $0.5-$1.5/lb have been reported across the market, led by price hikes in China at the start of the August as suppliers scaled down their efforts to destock. This … Continue reading Cobalt price gains begin, H2 surge likely

Lithium ion battery exports reach new peak in H1

Japan and South Korea have both recorded record high levels of lithium-ion battery exports in H1 2016, as auto companies ramp up battery consumption to power new all-electric offerings. Lithium ion battery shipments from Japan – the world’s leading producer – topped 33,500 tonnes the first half of 2016, up 17% on H2 2015 and … Continue reading Lithium ion battery exports reach new peak in H1

Tesla faces raw material reality with expanded Gigafactory

Speakers announced: Graphite Supply Chain 2016, 13-15 November, Newport Beach, CA, US. Click here: Early Bird Delegate Rate Ends Soon. Tesla opened its Gigafactory a few weeks ago to the surprising, if casual, announcement by Elon Musk that the Gigafactory will be three times the original 50GWh planned capacity. The company explained that the lithium ion battery … Continue reading Tesla faces raw material reality with expanded Gigafactory

Early bird delegate rate ends soon for Graphite Supply Chain 2016

The agenda for Graphite Supply Chain 2016 on 13-15 November in Newport Beach, CA,  is heating up with leading companies already signed up to speak and sponsor. This event will be this year’s only dedicated and expert graphite conference with each presentation data packed and focused on every link in the graphite industry’s supply chain. Sign up … Continue reading Early bird delegate rate ends soon for Graphite Supply Chain 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