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  • September 2016

    Lithium Juniors News in Brief 22-28 September 2016

    28 September 2016

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the lithium industry.

  • Battery Show ’16: Six things we learnt

    27 September 2016

    Here are six things we learnt at the Battery Show 2016 Conference, held on 13-15 September in Novi, Michigan, US.

  • Galaxy delays Mt Cattlin spodumene shipments

    27 September 2016

    First lithium shipment in December; Cargo delayed by three months; Concerns for 2017 contract prices

  • Tianqi set to buy 2% stake in SQM

    27 September 2016

    The deal marks further expansion by the Chinese lithium producer, which had already indicated an interest in acquiring a share of its Chilean rival via an alternate route.

  • Price Briefing 16-22 September

    23 September 2016

    Most minerals' prices remained stable with little trading activities following the mid-autumn festival holiday in China. Imerys has raised its calcium carbonate prices while Orocobre expects its lithium prices to reach $10,000/tonne.

  • SQM to more than double lithium hydroxide capacity

    22 September 2016

    A 7,500 tpa increase for the battery compound is planned for the end of 2017, driven by growing demand from electric vehicles.

  • Pilbara, Mineral Resources in spodumene offtake dispute

    21 September 2016

    A disagreement over a first right of refusal on material from the Pilangoora site in Western Australia has been escalated with a second sale notice called into question.

  • Lithium Juniors News in Brief 13-20 September 2016

    20 September 2016

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the lithium industry.

  • Orocobre hit by FX costs as lithium ramp up ongoing

    19 September 2016

    The company expects to be selling lithium carbonate at $10,000/tonne by year-end. Borates revenues fell following a shift away from higher value refined products.

  • SQM: lithium exports comply with nuclear rules

    16 September 2016

    Local press reports of an investigation into the miner by the Chilean Nuclear Commission have prompted SQM to assert it has submitted all necessary information to prove its adherence to nuclear regulations.

  • Battery Show '16: Standardisation key to electric bus adoption

    16 September 2016

    A common framework on charging stations will provide greater interdependence between OEMs and spur the development of the electric bus industry. In China, meanwhile, there is a call to provide ever greater efficiency as the industry is weaned off subsidies.

  • Battery Show '16: Solid state to take on Li-ion in medium term

    16 September 2016

    State-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries may ultimately be replaced by solid state alternatives, with lithium metal taking the place of graphite in anodes.

  • Wealth aims to be next in line in lithium M&As

    15 September 2016

    The junior explorer is amassing licenses in lithium deposits in Chile as its executives are drawing on previous investment experiences and the hype around lithium products to boost the market value of the company in the eyes of prospective buyers.

  • Battery Show '16: Bright outlook for vanadium redox flow in ESS

    15 September 2016

    While the battery technology behind energy storage systems of the future will depend on application, work is being carried out on vanadium redox flow batteries to improve chemistries and reduce costs.

  • Battery Show '16: China continues to lead the EV charge

    14 September 2016

    IM attended the Battery Show in Novi, where delegates heard that on demand movement is set to be a strong driver in the Chinese EV market in coming years as the country continues to dominate the industry.

  • Battery Show '16: Lithium prices not a game changer for Li-ion

    14 September 2016

    Speakers at the Battery Show held in the US pointed to lithium's relatively small proportion of the cost profile of Li-ion batteries, potential substitution in industrial markets and the possibility of recycling, among others, as reasons that lithium price increases should not concern battery makers.

  • Albemarle to explore Argentine lithium resource

    13 September 2016

    The US lithium producer stated that the Argentine deposit could turn out to be the largest lithium resource in the country.

  • Tianqi to bid for stake in SQM

    13 September 2016

    Tianqi is reportedly to seek ownership of almost one quarter of the Chilean lithium miner.

  • FMC to up butyllithium prices by 10%

    13 September 2016

    The company is bringing its butyllithium product ranges in line with the increases previously applied on its other lithium products, in the wake of higher demand.

  • Price Briefing 2-8 September 2016

    09 September 2016

    Mongolia fluorspar producers secured higher 2017 contract prices, antimony trioxide spot prices continued to climb, chromite suppliers raised their offers amid firm demand, while titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstock ilmenite prices gained.

  • Galaxy delays Mt Cattlin spodumene shipments

    06 September 2016

    Initial lithium concentrate cargos will now leave for China in December, two months after initially planned. Market participants have previously indicated that any delay on the shipment of new production out of Australia may affect the prices of 2017 contracts more widely.

  • Tianqi board approves WA lithium hydroxide plant

    06 September 2016

    The company cited transport efficiency as a factor in locating the plant in Australia, where it will be close to its spodumene feedstock source at Greenbushes. It also indicated it intends to increase concentrate production levels at the site, in conjunction with JV partner Albemarle.

  • Price briefing 26 August – 01 September

    02 September 2016

    Antimony Trioxide prices spiked over the past two months as the Chinese government further restrict export quota, while chromite price held firm amid strong demand and crimped mined output. Similarly in ilmenite, supply demand fundamental has lifted the TiO2 feedstock prices. Meanwhile, unfavourable exchange rate movements pulled Chinese lithium spot prices lower and increased Chinese supply put pressure on brown fused alumina.

  • Exchange rate adds to decline in Chinese lithium spot price

    01 September 2016

    The price of lithium carbonate and hydroxide traded on the Chinese spot market fell again this week, with traders pointing to a weakening renminbi against the US dollar.