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  • December 2016

    Lithium: Year in Review 2016

    30 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global lithium market.

  • ITC rules Umicore infringing BASF patents with NMC cathodes

    23 December 2016

    Umicore has infringed upon BASF’s and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) patents, according to an ITC ruling which comes with a complete ban on the import of Umicore’s infringing nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC or NCM) battery cathode materials to the United States.

  • Galaxy lithium concentrate to reach China in January

    16 December 2016

    The company expects to ship spodumene every month, honouring deals agreed at 2016 prices until March/April, before it begins to move material for prices agreed at significantly higher 2017 levels.

  • Lithium contract prices for 2017 double 2016 levels

    16 December 2016

    Annual contract agreements for the upcoming calendar year have now largely been settled, with prices up sharply from what was paid on material delivered during the current year.

  • Chinese institute sells high value lithium extraction technology

    16 December 2016

    The Qinghai Salt Lake Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences has spent a decade commercialising technology for the extraction of lithium from salt lakes, which has now been bought for $5.79m.

  • Albemarle closes Chemetall sale

    15 December 2016

    Company aims to focus on lithium and refinery catalysts business.

  • Tianqi to take 20% stake in Rockwood

    15 December 2016

    The Chinese lithium producer will exercise an option to buy a minority share in the subsidiary of its US competitor Albemarle.

  • Finnish city to bid for Tesla European gigafactory

    15 December 2016

    Vaasa authorities hope locally-available lithium supply and established energy technology hub will tempt the EV manufacturer.

  • Lithium boom continues to fuel Chinese majors

    15 December 2016

    Tianqi Lithium and Ganfeng Lithium both saw turnovers more than double in the first nine months of 2016.

  • Industrial minerals in the new Trump era

    15 December 2016

    Trump win ‘positive’ for oil and gas sector while uncertainty surrounds the future of renewables. Meanwhile a lack of clarity remains in terms of foreign trade agreements.

  • Commercial Li-ion energy storage lands in UK

    15 December 2016

    Tesla’s Powerpack’s, which Camborne Capital Energy is bringing to the UK, could offer a solution to the problem of storing energy from renewable sources, but costs still need to come down.

  • Galaxy hikes 2017 spodumene prices

    14 December 2016

    The company’s contracted selling price for 2017 will be up to 50% higher than 2016 levels, depending on the grade of spodumene supplied. Galaxy confirmed 120,000 tonnes in contracts with existing Chinese customers at new 2017 prices, although the company will honour already committed 2016 deals at lower price levels.

  • Bill Gates among backers of $1bn clean energy fund

    12 December 2016

    Breakthrough Energy Ventures will finance clean energy breakthroughs with zero carbon emissions.

  • Lithium Australia advances plans to build large-scale pilot plant

    12 December 2016

    A contractor has been appointed to design the facility, part of the process to commercialise Lithium Australia’s proprietary Sileach lithium recovery process.

  • Mt Marion, Mt Cattlin truck lithium concentrate to port

    08 December 2016

    Both new players on the spodumene market are in the process of moving material to port in Western Australia, ahead of shipments to China expected to begin this month.

  • China to stockpile large volumes of minerals under new plan

    07 December 2016

    Rare earths and graphite are to be warehoused in quantities at least 80% of the country’s domestic capacity as China looks to secure supply of materials where demand is on the rise.

  • Pricing notice: Correction to lithium carbonate $/lb price

    07 December 2016

    Price correction for IM's listed lithium carbonate, min 99-99.5% LiC2O3, large contracts, del continental US, $/lb

  • Finnish city to bid for Tesla European gigafactory

    06 December 2016

    Vaasa authorities hope locally-available lithium supply and established energy technology hub will tempt the EV manufacturer.

  • Letter confirms Apple self-drive plans

    05 December 2016

    A letter to regulators outlines Apple’s intentions to develop driverless cars, likely to fuel EV and, consequently, lithium demand.

  • Huawei unveils new graphene-based Li-ion battery

    02 December 2016

    The new battery will be able to function at high temperatures and has double the lifespan of standard Li-ion technology.

  • Lithium deals for 2017 grind towards closure

    02 December 2016

    A number of annual contracts have been concluded for the coming year, with some large buyers paying double what they did on 2016 deals.

  • Tianqi to take 20% stake in Rockwood

    01 December 2016

    The Chinese lithium producer will exercise an option to buy a minority share in the subsidiary of its US competitor Albemarle.

  • November 2016

    Automakers team up on highway charging stations

    30 November 2016

    BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche will come together to roll out a network of charging stations over major European travel routes by 2020, in a further indication of carmakers pivot towards the vehicle electrification which is fuelling lithium demand.

  • Orocobre pairs up with Advantage Lithium

    28 November 2016

    Advantage Lithium will advance Orocobre's exploration projects in the northern provinces of Argentina in a deal that will see Orocobre take over 30% stake in the company.

  • Commercial Li-ion energy storage lands in UK

    25 November 2016

    Tesla’s Powerpack’s, which Camborne Capital Energy is bringing to the UK, could offer a solution to the problem of storing energy from renewable sources, but costs still need to come down.

  • Lithium prices fuel SQM Q3 revenue jump

    24 November 2016

    A 28% jump in lithium prices drove an increase in revenue for the Chilean producer, while it continued to increase iodine sales volumes as prices dropped further.

  • Galaxy begins Mt Cattlin lithium concentrate production

    16 November 2016

    With supply remaining tight, the Australian lithium producer’s entry onto the market has been much anticipated by the industry. Initial shipments from the site are expected in December.

  • Price Briefing 4-9 November

    11 November 2016

    The TiO2 industry sees improving demand, chromite prices continue their weekly increases amid firm demand and lithium buyers expressed frustration as producers hike annual contract rates.

  • Lithium buyers express frustration as suppliers call shots

    11 November 2016

    High prices, long terms commitments and contract peculiarities are among the features being flagged by buyers during ongoing lithium contract negotiations.

  • Pilbara signs lithium ore offtake deal with Shandong Ruifu

    10 November 2016

    The agreement is for delivery of almost 2m tonnes unprocessed ore over two years, with proceeds be used to finance construction of Pilbara’s processing plant.

  • Low mining capex hit FLSmith's mineral turnover

    09 November 2016

    The company reported an increase in revenue and profit in the third quarter of 2016 owing to strong activity in its service segment, while low investment in greenfield projects and pressure in minerals mean the mining technology provider has had to announce further lay-offs.

  • Rio suspends minerals chief

    09 November 2016

    Authorities have been notified after an investigation revealed $10.5m in payments had been made to a contractor at the Simandou iron ore project

  • Albemarle's lithium revenue up 30% in Q3

    08 November 2016

    The chemicals producer saw its lithium sales and earnings pick up, but not to the dramatic extent of some of its rivals.

  • BYD commences lithium projects in Qinghai

    08 November 2016

    The carmaker is targeting large-scale battery production in the Qinghai lithium district, where authorities have set ambitious targets to develop local capacity for production of carbonate and anode materials for electric vehicles.

  • Battery-grade lithium pricing methodology webinar 11 Nov

    08 November 2016

    Lithium carbonate and hydroxide spot prices have sky-rocketed during the course of 2016. Industrial Minerals has been tracking that movement every step of the way via its independent assessments. To find out more about IM’s pricing methodology tune in to our webinar on 11 November.

  • Lithium boom continues to fuel Chinese majors

    07 November 2016

    Tianqi Lithium and Ganfeng Lithium both saw turnovers more than double in the first nine months of 2016.

  • Price Briefing 28 October – 03 November

    04 November 2016

    Titanium dioxide producers continue to look for price increases while graphite, bauxite and fused alumina prices held unchanged and lithium carbonate and hydroxide 2017 contract offers show a wide range.

  • FMC lithium segment continues to outperform

    04 November 2016

    The company reported a huge increase in net income for the third quarter as its lithium segment remains strong. Disappointing results from other segments however pulled revenue down on a year-on-year basis.

  • Producer offers on lithium contracts span wide range

    03 November 2016

    The range of offers for 2017 lithium carbonate and hydroxide contracts is particularly wide this year, according to market participants who added that terms being offered also vary greatly.

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