It's time to get excited about lithium again. With the price steadily increasing and demand expected to rise exponentially to meet the needs of the electric vehicle (EV) and battery industries, the industry is starting to feel bullish again.

Will there be enough upstream investment to avoid supply tightness? And how will the drive to become sustainable affect any buildout of new capacity? Join Fastmarkets and a team of industry experts to discuss:

Key Topics

  • Increased attention is being drawn to sustainable lithium production, from both investors and end-users alike. What efforts are being taken to improve sustainability in production?  

  • Are we entering another commodities super-cycle? If so, how does lithium stand to benefit? 

  • As lithium prices increase, are we starting to see the return of production globally? Is this enough to meet the demand for EVs? 

  • The evolution of price: what does a benchmark price and futures contract provide the industry?

  • How are recent government announcements in regions such as North America and Europe identifying lithium as a critical material set to impact the market? 

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Lithium Market Fundamentals for 2021

Thursday, April 29


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Charlotte Radford
Minors, Ores and Alloys Editor (Europe) at Fastmarkets

Charlotte Radford is Fastmarkets’ minors, ores, and alloys editor, Europe, based in London. Since joining the company in 2015 she has headed price discovery for a number of industry benchmarks, including cobalt, tungsten, and vanadium. Charlotte leads the pricing and editorial team covering minor metals, ores, and ferro-alloys, and steers development for new reference prices in the new-energy space, such as cobalt hydroxide and lithium. 

William Adams
Head of Base Metals and Battery Research at Fastmarkets

William Adams is Head of Base Metals and Battery Research at Fastmarkets. He previously worked with Rudolf Wolff & Co Ltd, which was one of the founding members of the London Metal Exchange, where he gained broad insight into the metals markets having had experience in trading base metals, bullion, and foreign exchange, being head of research, an account executive and managing director of the company’s Tokyo office.

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