Evolution in China’s lithium supply chain paves way for commoditization

By Martim Facada
Published: Friday, 01 November 2019

Lithium has traditionally been considered a specialty chemical, but it has been acting more like a commodity in recent years, according to analysts. Martim Facada considers how this development was sparked by the growth of the Chinese industry and raised quality expectations.

Once considered a specialty chemical produced and sold on spec for niche uses, lithium looks set to join the ranks of the world’s traded commodity products - albeit in relatively minor volumes.

Increasing production of lithium chemicals from diverse sources, higher quality requirements in China and frequent and sudden adjustments...

This is a preview of the full article

Our market news and price data is reserved for registered users only.

Current customer? Login now

All of our industrial minerals price data and news is now available only through our new platform. Learn more about the intelligence we offer by visiting our Fastmarkets flagship website. If you are familiar with our reliable and trusted intelligence, fill out a request a quote form today to hear from our friendly sales staff who will create a custom license for you.


Interested in lithium prices? We now offer lithium prices and coverage free for reference. Click here to read all about it.

Interested in the wider electrification market?
Join our growing community of participants who want to learn more about electrification and how this market is developing.