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Lithium European prices on the chase of Chinese market

By Martim Facada
Published: Friday, 20 October 2017

Chinese domestic lithium prices remain the main price driver of global lithium price compounds as European and US spot and contract markets play catch up. Consumers and producers engaged in 2018 negotiations expect higher prices as securing lithium carbonate supply remains the main issue in the industry.

The Chinese domestic lithium carbonate (min 99.0-99.5 Li2CO3) and lithium hydroxide (min 56.5-57.5% LiOH.H2O) spot markets remained firm 19 October, supported by the tight availability of lithium carbonate.

Production issues in South America, generated by adverse weather in March 2017, coupled with persisting high levels of...

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