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  • May 2017

    Price briefing 19-25 May

    26 May 2017

    Mineral sands producer Iluka raised zircon prices; while ilmenite and rutile prices held firm; China Southern Rare Earth Group Co. unveiled another round of price hike; Magnesia prices unchanged as Chinese government sets new environmental standards; Galaxy Resources complete 2016 offtake spodumene sales

  • Mt Cattlin completes 2016 offtake sales with third shipment

    25 May 2017

    Galaxy has concluded its 2016 contract offtake supply obligations with all future lithium concentrates to be shipped at 2017 pricing levels.

  • Lithium carbonate prices inch upwards in China

    19 May 2017

    Demand from the EV market as well as some tightness in supply has pushed battery grade lithium carbonate prices higher in China.

  • Price briefing 12-18 May

    19 May 2017

    The ongoing draconian anti-pollution controls in China continue to disrupt production in a number of minerals, which has lifted prices in bauxite and antimony trioxide. Meanwhile, fused magnesia is no longer available in China; producers announced another rare earth price hike; chromite and silicon carbide prices remained stable; and lithium carbonate spot have risen in China again.

  • Booming lithium revenues prompt SQM to boost capacity

    19 May 2017

    The Chilean miner raised its demand forecasts for the lithium, used in electric car batteries, and announces a plan to rapidly grow production

  • Lithium supply set to be key price determinant for H2

    15 May 2017

    Producers and consumers of lithium reported tighter than anticipated carbonate supply in the global market during the first quarter of 2017. With two weeks to go to Industrial Mineral’s 9th Lithium Supply & Markets Conference in Montreal, Canada supply levels going forward is guaranteed to be a hot topic at the event.

  • Lithium Juniors News Brief 8-12 May

    12 May 2017

    A roundup of junior activity in the lithium industry.

  • Johnson Matthey approves Nemaska Lithium first shipment

    09 May 2017

    Johnson Matthey Battery Materials Ltd (JMBM) released early payment of CAD$2m following the satisfactory first shipment of lithium hydroxide solution.

  • Chile seeks lithium investors in Europe

    08 May 2017

    The Chilean government, represented by investment agencies Corfo, the Chilean economic Development Agency, and InvestChile, the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency, will hold a meeting in Europe in mid-May seeking companies interested in investing in producing value-added lithium products in Chile.

  • Hainan province accelerates EV growth

    08 May 2017

    Hainan province in China has introduced measures to help speed up electric vehicle growth in the region this year.

  • Net sales boosted Abemarle's Q1 performance

    04 May 2017

    Albemarle reached a 10% growth in net sales due to higher sales volumes in all segments, having initiated a share repurchase programme and repaid a significant amount of long-term debt.

  • AMG’s profits continue to rise in Q1

    04 May 2017

    The producer of metals, minerals and alloys strengthened further its profitability following a strong closure of 2016.

  • Solvay Q1 profits rise on sales volume increase

    03 May 2017

    Solvay reported a strong start to the year as increased sales volumes were supported by positive currency effects.

  • Higher lithium prices boost FMC revenues in Q1

    03 May 2017

    FMC's lithium business reported a 45% surge in earnings due to higher prices for hydroxide and other specialty products, according to president and CEO Pierre Brondeau. confirms $66 million Q1 2017 revenue, an increase of 9% from Q4 2016.

  • Neometals confirms third Mt Marion lithium shipment

    03 May 2017

    Neometals has confirmed that the third shipment of lithium concentrate from Mt Marion departed in April as well as its intention to seek a third party to purchase its stake in the mine's owner Reed Industrial Minerals'.

  • April 2017

    Higher sales boost Imerys' Q1 profits

    28 April 2017

    The majority of Imerys' divisions reported higher sales in Q1 although ceramics materials posted a decline on the back of a slow housing market in France. The acquisition of French cement maker Kerneos is expected to be completed by mid-2017.

  • Chinese Q1 lithium imports, exports rise

    28 April 2017

    Trade flows of Chinese lithium carbonate and hydroxide market remains strong with the latest data revealing a rise in exports and imports in Q1 2017 amid a positive market outlook. Prices for lithium carbonate and hydroxide, meanwhile, remained steady this past week with suggestions made to IM that some recent supply tightness could lead to higher numbers in Q2.

  • Higher lithium prices boost Orocobre despite output drop

    27 April 2017

    The Australian lithium producer reported positive sales revenue despite production disruptions in its Olaroz operations in Argentina due to summer rainfalls.

  • Podium: Albemarle's Karen G. Narwold

    27 April 2017

    A Q&A with Karen G. Narwold, chief administrative officer and general counsel at Albemarle.

  • People Moves

    27 April 2017

    An overview of recent people moves in the minerals industry

  • Burwill agrees offtake deal for Bald Hill lithium concentrate

    26 April 2017

    BCL, a subsidiary of Burwill, will gain exclusive selling rights to the lithium concentrate production from Bald Hill project in Australia in a deal that will see it advance A$25m towards the development and operational costs of the project.

  • Neometals seeks third party to purchase its Mt Marion stake

    26 April 2017

    Neometals will look to sell it's remaining stake in Mount Marion's owner Reed Industrial Minerals, to a third party after jv partners Mineral Resources and Ganfeng Lithium failed to exercise their option to buy.

  • Train carrying vehicle lithium batteries explodes near Houston

    24 April 2017

    A train carrying electric vehicle lithium batteries exploded 23 April near Houston on its way to Los Angeles where the batteries were be shipped for recycling.

  • Lithium market report 10-24 April

    24 April 2017

    The lithium market across the three major regional markets - the US, Europe and China - has been relatively stable in April so far, supported by continuous growth in the Chinese battery sector.

  • Lithium Juniors News Brief 11-18 April

    18 April 2017

    A roundup of notable junior activity in the lithium industry.

  • Battery Show Europe 2017: Europe must play bigger role in battery industry

    10 April 2017

    Delegates at European battery show in Germany last week forecast a promising future for the European battery industry as they tackled topics ranging from the European SET-Plan, growth opportunities, market forecasts, second life batteries, recycling and alternative type of batteries.

  • Bacanora, Hanwa agree off-take, investment deal

    10 April 2017

    Bacanora Minerals has entered into a strategic partnership with Japan-based Hanwa Co. which will see the global trading company take an stake in the Canadia junior and an offtake for its battery grade lithium carbonate.

  • Ganfeng reports net profit surge in 2016

    05 April 2017

    Profits at Ganfeng soared in 2016 on the back of strong demand from the lithium battery market.

  • Tianqi records soaring profits in 2016

    04 April 2017

    Tianqi saw profits balloon in 2016 as its lithium chemical products business recorded higher sales and prices throughout the year due to strong demand from cathode material producers supplying the electric vehicle market.

  • Battery Show Europe 2017: EU battery industry can compete on global scale

    04 April 2017

    Europe is keen to develop internal capability to compete with the US and China on the global battery market.

  • Lithium News in Brief 28 March - 6 April

    03 April 2017

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the lithium industry.

  • PDAC 2017: Growth in attendance signals growing confidence in global minerals sector

    03 April 2017

    Numbers of people attending the show has increased, as investors look to alternatives due to what has been dubbed the Trump effect. Meanwhile, Nemaska Lithium cites exciting times ahead.

  • China’s electric vehicle demand to drive graphite market – ProGraphite

    03 April 2017

    EV is growth area for Li-ion batteries; Graphite demand to increase as a result; Electronic devices market generally slow

  • IM Graphite 2017: Lithium-ion batteries to account for 9% of graphite demand by 2026

    03 April 2017

    Li-ion battery demand to grows 10% pa; China’s output share “will fall”; Total graphite demand to grow 1.8% pa 2021-2026

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