Lithium latest news

  • June 2014

    Bikita Minerals moves to explore for tantalite in Zimbabwe

    24 June 2014

    Zimbabwe holds many industrial minerals, but has a reputation for being very difficult to work in. However, companies like Bikita Minerals are keen to do business on a global level and in a fast growing lithium market. Whether this signifies the country opening up to more investment remains to be seen.

  • FMC adjusts earnings outlook lower, despite expected growth in lithium, soda ash

    23 June 2014

    FMC’s updated outlook shows the impact the cold weather had on its agricultural section and how important this is to its overall business; however, in industrial minerals, the outlook is still strong, which bodes well for the soda ash and lithium industry

  • Tesla Motors removes patents in bid to open up electric vehicle market

    13 June 2014

    This is potentially a gamechanger for the industrial minerals markets. So far IM has measured the impact of Tesla’s Gigafactory on markets. But if the technology is adapted elsewhere and EVs become as commonplace as Elon Musk is pushing, then demand for minerals used in the lithium-ion batteries which power the vehicles – lithium, graphite and cobalt – will surpass all expectations.

  • Price Briefing 6 – 12 June

    12 June 2014

    Mineral-based iodine, lithium and magnesia compounds pin hopes on wavering Chinese economy

  • Chile’s Bachelet signs decree to establish National Lithium Commission

    12 June 2014

    The signing of the decree underscores Bachelet’s commitment to opening up Chile’s vast lithium reserves for exploitation. It will be a difficult path to tread – the last attempt to open up the industry faced fierce local opposition from some politicians, but it looks like the country has realised the value of its abundant natural resource, which spells good news for developers such as Li3 Energy.

  • Lithium prices steal past 2013 averages

    09 June 2014

    Values rise on recovering demand from batteries and ceramics; Chinese growth remains a concern

  • Tesla’s Gigafactory: the critical minerals impact

    06 June 2014

    At a time when supply chain security, transparency and responsibility are becoming central concerns for both manufacturers and consumers, IM Data discusses Tesla Motors' plans to build the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery plant and the impact it could have on demand for critical minerals: graphite, lithium and cobalt.

  • RB Energy delays first lithium carbonate shipment

    06 June 2014

    By achieving continuous production of lithium carbonate at its Quebec-based project, RB Energy joins only a handful of producing lithium companies – most of which are located in South America.

  • IM Lithium News in Brief 6 June

    06 June 2014

    REM increases stake in Sonora project; Pure Energy submits drilling permit; Houston Lake Mining to raise funds for lithium, cesium, tantalum project in Ontario.

  • Soda ash, kaolin, clay companies win IMA-NA safety awards

    06 June 2014

    By working to strict health and safety regulations, IMA-NA member companies help to send “safe and healthy miners home to their families, every shift, every day”. Top winners of the association’s 2013 safety recognition awards include FMC Corp., KaMin and Hickory Clay.

  • Bolivia ring-fences lithium and potash for state run miners

    06 June 2014

    A new law has designated lithium and potash as “strategic assets” that need to be preserved for domestic exploitation, but observers of the situation have told IM that they believe the legislation, which also limits private company involvement in the sector, will materially damage Bolivian mining.

  • ExxonMobil greases keep mining equipment running smoothly

    05 June 2014

    Oil and gas company, ExxonMobil has developed the Mobil Dynagear Series specifically for use in open gear sets used in mining operations. As mining equipment is very ear intensive, industrial greases help to reduce downtime and increase productivity, reducing costs for operators.

  • Solvay opens R&I centre for OLED and lithium-ion batteries in Korea

    03 June 2014

    The new R&I centre in Seoul will allow the Belgian chemicals producer to develop rare earths- and lithium-based materials for applications in electronics and energy storage, specifically targeting Asia’s fast growing electric automotive market.