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The emerging European battery supply chain

As the EV market grows the supply chain becomes more and more important. With the auto industry crucial to Europe's economy, securing supply of key materials is essential.

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Article | March 2021

Global lithium wrap - updated weekly

Last updated | Apr 9, 2021

This week's news and price insight from the lithium market: Global lithium complex rising; market eyes Chile

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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

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The new energy economy awaits – driven by consumers, governments, and businesses 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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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

As prices begin to rise again, is it time to get excited about lithium?

Join the markets experts on April 29 as they examine the lithium market fundamentals for 2021.

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Nickel sulfate supply chain dynamics in focus

Article | Mar 2021

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As global demand for electric vehicles increases the challenges relating to production costs, sustainability and performance become more acute.

Nickel sulfate supply chain dynamics in focus

Article | March 2021

As global demand for electric vehicles (EVs) increases, the focus on battery technology and the challenges relating to production costs, sustainability and performance becomes more acute.

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Minors, Ores and Alloys Editor, Asia

Susan Zou

Looking for your next investment? Watch our Investment Strategies in the New Energy Economy webinar on demand today.

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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The copper EV-olution

Infographic | Feb 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, 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.

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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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INTERVIEW: Li-Cycle sees Rochester EV battery hub as ‘start of something big’

Article | Mar 2021

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Battery recycling start-up Li-Cycle sees the commercial production achieved at its Rochester, New York, plant as the start of something big.

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.

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 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.

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.

Fastmarkets, CME Group to launch cash-settled lithium contract

Article | Apr 2021

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Growth expectations from the electric vehicles sector creates interest lithium futures to mitigate risk and provide price transparency.

2021 PREVIEW: Sustainability takes center stage in lithium sector 

Article | Jan 2021

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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).

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. 

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

Europe’s battery supply chain continues to evolve

Article | Mar 2021

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Spanish industrial consortium, Battchain, looks to develop the Spanish battery supply chain to capitalize on the growing electric vehicle demand.

EVs net lion’s share in US infrastructure proposal

Article | Apr 2021

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Electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries feature prominently in US President Joe Biden’s $2-trillion plan to rebuild the country's infrastructure and economy.

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

Investor appetite increasing for battery raw materials

More than a year after the Covid-19 pandemic began, investors’ appetite in the battery raw materials sector has increased, moving away from precious metals such as gold.

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Lithium, rare earth production could provide jobs for coal miners

Article | Mar 2021

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The United States’ transition to new energy will require increased domestic mineral production, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said.

INTERVIEW: Li-Cycle sees Rochester EV battery hub as ‘start of something big’

Article | Mar 2021

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Battery recycling start-up Li-Cycle sees the commercial production achieved at its Rochester, New York, plant as the start of something big.

Questions arise after Tsingshan announces new nickel matte technology

Article | Mar 2021

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A game changer for the market? We examine the impact Tsingshan's announcement may have on raw material supply and electric vehicles demand outlook.

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 

Fastmarkets, CME Group to launch cash-settled lithium contract

Article | Apr 2021

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Growth expectations from the electric vehicles sector creates interest lithium futures to mitigate risk and provide price transparency.

A green future: Looking ahead to copper industry uncertainties

Article | Apr 2021

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The copper industry faces key questions while its participants look for a common understanding of sustainable copper production.