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Lithium pricing news

  • April 2018

    Price briefing April 13-19

    20 April 2018

    Bauxite calcination plants in Shanxi shut on government orders. Market fears rise in prices as Liaoning stops magnesite mining. PRICING NOTICE: Extension of consultation period on proposal to discontinue kyanite prices. European, North American lithium spot markets up; Chinese spot market unchanged. Spherical graphite price grows on tight supply. PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of one zircon grade, launching another. Lower Chinese prices push white fused alumina market down. PRICING NOTICE: Extension of consultation period regarding olivine price

  • European, North American lithium spot markets up; Chinese spot market unchanged

    13 April 2018

    The European and North American lithium market's prices increased slightly this week on lithium carbonate tightness in the spot market, while the Chinese spot market remains unchanged due to thin buying activity.

  • China’s NEV output surges in Q1 vs last year

    13 April 2018

    China’s output of NEVs rose in the first quarter of 2018 from a year earlier, underpinned by the state's continued push towards electrification - a stance that many believe will support lithium, graphite and cobalt prices.

  • IM's March Price Movements

    13 April 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Chinese lithium carbonate imports, hydroxide exports volumes soften m-o-m in February

    06 April 2018

    Lithium carbonate imports and lithium hydroxide exports in China fell in February, coinciding with higher contract prices in 2018.

  • Price Briefing March 23 - April 5

    06 April 2018

    Tightening supply gives zircon, rutile prices a boost as Q2 gets underway; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of wollastonite prices; Chinese lithium market remains slow but prices rise globally; Low-grade magnesia prices fall while stocks rise; Foundry chromite prices strengthen; chemical grade stable; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of sulphur prices

  • Orocobre lithium production down but average lithium carbonate prices up

    05 April 2018

    Adverse weather and lower evaporation rates reduced Orocobre’s lithium compounds output in the first quarter, but it still achieved higher sales prices.

  • March 2018

    Chinese lithium market remains slow but prices rise globally

    29 March 2018

    Spot prices in the domestic Chinese market for lithium have softened this week due to lower consumption, while prices in the rest of the world have gone up, driven by bullish market sentiment.

  • IM prices March 2018

    28 March 2018

    See article below from the April issue of Industrial Minerals magazine, for market updates on price movements in various industrial minerals. Minerals featured this month include: magnesia, titanium dioxide, chromite, graphite, zircon, lithium and andalusite.

  • China’s Tianqi Lithium posts 2017 profit rise

    27 March 2018

    Tianqi Lithium, one of the world’s largest lithium producers, posted a jump up in net profits and revenue in 2017 as the demand for lithium-ion batteries from the EV sector continues to grow. And more is still to come, as the company forecast stronger results in Q1 2018 amid higher spodumene prices.

  • Price Briefing March 16 - 22

    23 March 2018

    China supply uncertainty pushes brown fused-alumina price up; Chinese spherical graphite prices up on tight supply; Chinese lithium carbonate prices soften amid slip in consumption; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of caustic soda prices; Chinese, European seaborne antimony trioxide markets move up slightly; rest of world prices stable; High-grade magnesia prices steady on lack of raw material supply; PRICING NOTICE: Extension of consultation period for proposal to discontinue celestite price

  • Chinese lithium carbonate prices soften amid slip in consumption

    23 March 2018

    Global lithium prices were largely flat this week although Chinese lithium carbonate prices softened on market inactivity, with downstream buyers in no hurry to place orders while they shifted their focus to cobalt.

  • INTERVIEW: LME modifying technology to allow for multiple contract launches this year, CEO says

    15 March 2018

    The London Metal Exchange is modifying its technology to allow it to launch multiple contracts at once, something it plans to do at the end of the year, according to the exchange’s chief executive officer (CEO). The exchange is looking at, among others, a cash-settled lithium contract in order to tap into the trend towards electric vehicles (EVs).

  • Price Briefing March 2 -8

    09 March 2018

    Prices rise further in chemical, foundry grade chromite markets; High-grade DBM prices leap on lack of raw material; Lithium prices rise in China after new year break; Chinese TiO2 producers cite yuan appreciation as they push for price risesPrice Notices

  • Lithium prices rise in China after new year break

    09 March 2018

    Chinese battery-grade lithium carbonate prices have risen since the lunar new year with producers making higher offers because of the positive outlook for the new energy vehicles market.

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