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Europe's position within the battery supply chain

In a market usually dominated by Asia, 2020 saw a significant shift towards the European battery raw materials market. In our webinar industry leaders explore the changing dynamics and what it means for market participants.

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Webinar | March 4, 2021

Lithium: What’s the market talking about?

Article | Nov 2020

Our reporters highlight the discussions on the key issues facing the market, held during our lithium supply & markets conference

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Lithium

Lithium price spotlight - Never miss a moment 

Price alerts | Updated weekly

Keep up to date with all the important changes, risks, and opportunities driving the lithium market.

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Charlotte Radford

Minors, Ores and Alloys Editor, Europe

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Price reporter, Base metals

New Energy Insights

The new energy economy awaits – driven by consumers, governments, and business across the globe and fuelled by battery raw materials.  The transition to the new economy will not be easy, straightforward, or obvious – challenging current and future market participants.  To know the market, you need to know the market.

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Fastmarkets Shorts: The status of the lithium market

Video | Sep 2020

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How EV and battery demand during Covid-19 has impacted the lithium market.   

Webinar: Investment strategies in the new energy economy

Webinar | Nov 2020

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Green energy and EVs are expected to boom, but current prices  are at historical lows. How can investors make sense of the market?  

Telsa's battery day creates bullish market sentiment, say experts

Article | Sep 2020

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Lithium market participants and observers have generally reacted positively to US electric vehicle maker Tesla’s recent announcements.

Lithium Price Roadmap

Infographic | Sep 2019

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The 30-year journey of Fastmarkets lithium coverage, from 1989 to launching the first Lithium benchmark price partnership with the LME.

Cobalt

Fastmarkets Shorts: Trader-led August rally in the cobalt market 

Video | Sep 2020

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How EV and battery demand during Covid-19 has impacted the lithium market.   

Cobalt hydroxide payables range widens as liquidity improves 

Article | Sep 2020

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Snapshot of the cobalt hydroxide market from London and Shanghai for the week ending Friday, September 11. 

Cobalt sulfate producers buy metal again after market reaches ‘inflection point’ 

Article | Sep 2020

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Ample cobalt hydroxide availability and rising payables are allowing more refineries to top up their inventories once again. 

Can copper keep up with rising consumption?

Join industry leaders & market experts on March 11-12 at the Copper Seminar to explore supply/demand fundamentals and shifting market dynamics.

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Copper

Copper Seminar: Can copper keep up with rising consumption?

Event | March 11-12, 2021

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Join industry leaders & market experts on March 11-12 at the Copper Seminar to explore supply/demand fundamentals and shifting market dynamics.

Chinese ore price sets fresh high, US briquette premium finds new bottom 

Article | Sep 2020

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Soaring Chinese nickel ore prices could be attributed to low supply leading to stockpiling ahead of the rainy season in the Philippines. 

Buying appetite supports higher 37% cif China manganese ore prices  

Article | Sep 2020

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Snapshot of the manganese ore market for Europe, Asia and the United States for the week ending Friday, September 11. 

Chinese 894 prices rise on tight supply, European sentiment softens  

Article | Sep 2020

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Snapshot of the graphite market for Asia and Europe for the week ending Thursday, September 3 

Watch on demandThe impact of Covid-19 on cathode materials 

Article | Jul 2020

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An hour-long panel discussion tackling market developments in cathodes from an upstream and downstream perspective, with a specific focus on cobalt & nickel. 

European EV optimism unlikely to shake China's cobalt, lithium prices 

Article | Jun 2020

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As Europe continues to drive forward with a focus on building an EV future, what could this mean for global demand and consumption of battery raw materials? 

Musk’s EV nickel plea drives LME price up 6%, but will anyone sign up? 

Article | Jul 2020

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As the demand for nickel continues to rise, could the EV revolution be further stunted by the transition to ethical nickel production? 

Webinar: How will electric vehicle markets behave post Covid-19? 

Webinar | Aug 2020

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Take a closer look at EV markets and how they will respond during the Covid-19 recovery as well as which trends look set to define the near future. 

Resourcing the new energy economy

Report | Jul 2020

The new energy economy - and the specific references to the battery materials that will resource that economy - sits pragmatically between exuberance and skepticism.  

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Minors, Ores and Alloys Editor, Asia

Susan Zou

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Watch on your own time to learn how green energy and EVs are expected to boom, but current prices are at historical lows. How can investors make sense of the market?

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Webinar: The Copper Opportunity in Smart Cities 

Webinar | Sep 2020

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Join Fastmarkets and the International Copper Association as we review new research on the growth of smart cities and their impact on copper demand. 

2020 Copper Demand Update: Copper’s fabricator industry during Covid-19 

Webinar | Oct 22, 2020

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Join members of the fabricator industry as they discuss how the market plans to adapt post 
Covid-19 and recover in the new normal. 

Are higher copper prices here to stay?

Article | Jan 2021

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Market fundamentals have reasserted their influence on but macro forces are expected to push & pull the red metal’s price in the near term, driving volatility

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The complex future of cobalt

Article | Oct 2020

The cobalt market is sending out mixed signals for what the next few years will look like.

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The cobalt market is sending out mixed signals for what the next few years will look like

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Fastmarkets Shorts: Recent upturns in the cobalt hydroxide market

Video | Sep 2020

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What are the factors driving the recent upturn in the cobalt hydroxide price?

Meet the new energy team

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Market Analyst

Carrie Shi

Senior Price Reporter

Dalila Ouerghi

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China's lithium carbonate market still firm - for now

Article | Sep 2020

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As the Chinese battery-grade lithium carbonate market remains strong, the market in the rest of the world is continuing to hold tight.  

Near-term headwinds will slow down lithium price recovery

Article | Sep 2020

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Lithium prices are in a bottoming-out phase but are expected to struggle for some time in the foreseeable future.

Toyota-Panasonic JV to build lithium-ion batteries

Article | Sep 2020

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A joint venture between Toyota and Panasonic will produce lithium-ion batteries in Japan from 2022 to coincide with expected EV growth.

How has Covid-19 
impacted the lithium markets?

Webinar | Jun 2020

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An hour-long session looking at how Covid-19 has impacted lithium markets in regards to supply, demand and prices. 

Fastmarkets, CME Group launch cash-settled cobalt contract

Article | Nov 2020

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Fastmarkets has partnered with CME Group to launch a cash-settled cobalt contract to be against Fastmarkets’ daily benchmark cobalt price.

China launches new energy vehicle industry plan for 2021-35

Article | Nov 2020

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The new plan is to run from 2021 to 2035 to promote and stimulate sustainable development of China’s new energy automotive industry.

Cobalt insiders optimistic about 2021 

Article | Jan 2021

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After a turbulent 2020 we wanted to know how market participants anticipate cobalt demand. We explore the results of our survey and expectations for 2021.

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Industrial Minerals Editor, Europe

Davide Ghilotti

Market Reporter

Michael Greenfield

Minor Metals Reporter

Cristina Belda

Trading using CME's Fastmarkets-linked cobalt contract begins

Article | Jan 2021

New CME cash-settled cobalt contract starts seeing trading activity.

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The cobalt market is sending out mixed signals for what the next few years will look like

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Lithium - a tale of two markets

Infographic | Oct 2020

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Long-term growth vs current reality, we look at the two juxtaposed stories in this market

New energy - the current reality

Article | Oct 2020

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After the exuberance in 2015 and resultant over-supply and decline in price, BRM prices have been highly sensitive to supply chain disruptions.

Covid-19's impact on cobalt supply and trade flows

Infographic | Dec 2020

Covid-19 has caused global distrupton - we outline the key information you need to understand the impact to the cobalt market

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The cobalt market is sending out mixed signals for what the next few years will look like

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Are higher copper prices here to stay?

Article | Jan 2020

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Market fundamentals have reasserted their influence on copper pricing at the start of 2021, but macro forces are expected to push & pull prices in the near term, driving volatility

China cuts EV subsidies for 2021: market downplays impact on lithium & cobalt

Article | Jan 2021

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China's finance ministry has reduced the subsidies for electric vehicles (EVs) for 2021, a move most market participants say they had expected.

Cobalt risk management and futures

Report | Dec 2021

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In this market report, our experts examine the factors driving cobalt market instability and how that risk can be managed.

Shifting gears - automakers commit to electric

Article | Feb 2021

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The transition towards electric vehicles continues to gather pace as major car manufacturers announce details of their move to EV

Covid-19's impact on cobalt supply and trade flows

Infographic | Dec 2020

Covid-19 has caused global distruption - we outline the key information you need to understand the impact to the cobalt market

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The cobalt market is sending out mixed signals for what the next few years will look like

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Cobalt insiders optimistic about 2020 

Article | Jan 2021

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After a turbulent 2020 we wanted to know how market participants anticipate cobalt demand. We explore the results of our survey and expectations for 2021.

Cobalt risk management and futures

Report | Dec 2020

In this market report, our experts examine the factors driving cobalt market instability and how that risk can be managed.

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The cobalt market is sending out mixed signals for what the next few years will look like

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How to manage price risk and volatility in the cobalt market

Webinar | Jan 2021

Join our experts as they look at the anatomy of the cobalt market and how market participants can protect themselves against its risk.

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The cobalt market is sending out mixed signals for what the next few years will look like

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UK produces first-ever battery grade lithium carbonate in Cornwall

Article | Jan 2021

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Lithium carbonate has been produced for the first time in Cornwall in southwest England, the Li4UK consortium said.

Lithium miner SQM to raise $1.1bln to fund production expansion plan

Article | Jan 2021

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Chilean lithium producer SQM shareholders have approved a plan to raise funds through the sale of common stocks as part of its expansion plan 

Pilbara completes purchase of neighboring Altura lithium project

Article | Jan 2021

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Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has completed the acquisition of Altura Lithium, it said on Wednesday January 20, 2021.

Lithium Americas receives final federal permitting for Thacker Pass project

Article | Jan 2021

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US-based junior miner Lithium Americas received the Record of Decision from the United States Bureau of Land Management for its Thacker Pass project.

2021 PREVIEW: Sustainability takes center stage in lithium sector 

Article | Jan 2020

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Sustainable mining of lithium has come under increased scrutiny over the past year amid an accelerated shift toward electric vehicles (EVs).

Albemarle announces expansion plans at Nevada lithium extraction site

Article | Jan 2021

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US-headquartered lithium producer Albemarle Corp will double lithium carbonate output at its brine-sourced production facility, Silver Peak, in Nevada.

Pilbara spodumene sales hit record levels in Q4 on lithium recovery

Article | Jan 2021

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Australian spodumene concentrate miner Pilbara Minerals‘ results for the fourth quarter of 2020, released on Wednesday January 6, 2021.

Spodumene price surge underpinned by Chinese lithium recovery

Article | Feb 2021

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The spodumene price cif China posted a sharp month-on-month increase after a pick-up in customer inquiries, and market participants expect further rises. 

How to manage price risk and volatility in the cobalt market

Webinar | Jan 2021

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Join our experts as they look at the anatomy of the cobalt market and how market participants can protect themselves against its risk.