Lithium latest news

  • December 2017

    Price Briefing: 15-21 December

    22 December 2017

    Chromite prices remain stable, as do European magnesia markets; Huber announces increases in ATH prices for next year, while Orocobre expects a 25% rise in lithium carbonate contracts for H1 2018. Proposal to delist zircon grades, and Christmas pricing schedule.

  • SQM completes $34 mln deal for Mt Holland lithium project assets

    21 December 2017

    The world’s largest lithium producer has completed the purchase of 50% of the assets of the Australian lithium mine.

  • Lithium news in brief

    20 December 2017

    Tibet Summit Resources buys Lithium X; AMG approves plans to double capacity in Brazil; and Savannah announces survey results.

  • Pricing notice: Christmas schedule

    19 December 2017

    Industrial Minerals will be closed from December 25 until January 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

  • SQM reopens conciliation talks with Chilean state body

    19 December 2017

    The Chilean Economic Development Agency is in dispute with SQM over its lithium contract in the Atacama desert.

  • Pilbara Minerals to start selling DSO lithium from April next year

    19 December 2017

    The junior miner has secured a long-term offtake partner for output from Pilgangoora, allowing it to push forward with the first and second development phases of the project.

  • Orocobre expects 25% rise in H1 2018 lithium contracts

    18 December 2017

    The company aims to deliver a considerable increase in its lithium carbonate contracts compared with the second half of this year.

  • Chinese EV boom to spur lithium capacity growth in 2018

    14 December 2017

    Chinese producers are seeking to ramp up lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) and lithium hydroxide (Li2OH) production capacity over the course of 2018 to supply the booming Chinese electric vehicle industry, Metal Bulletin learned at the 2017 International Lithium conference in Chengdu, China.

  • Lithium mining investors warn bottlenecks could limit demand

    14 December 2017

    Battery demand may be booming, but bottlenecks in processing, as well as cobalt and nickel production, could slow the growth in lithium consumption, investors have warned.

  • Mineral Resources denies claims of Wodgina DSO lithium product quality issues

    12 December 2017

    Mineral Resources denies that there are problems with the quality of its lithium product and difficulties in processing Wodgina DSO lithium into spodumene concentrate.

  • Price briefing December 1-8

    08 December 2017

    Global iodine market slows down; Zircon prices are set to increase in the first quarter with Tronox and TiZir announcing price rises and 2018 negotiations continuing; Quiet antimony trioxide market shrugs off higher Chinese metal offer prices; PRICING NOTICE: Proposal to discontinue magnesia grades; Minimal prices moves in lithium spot market while contract talks continue; Global lithium contract prices rise while contract periods shorten; BFA prices tick up on China’s supply squeeze; China Southern lowers prices of most rare earths

  • A 21st century lithium rush

    04 December 2017

    Global electric vehicle production growth is stretching the supplies of battery materials needed to make them. Martim Facada looks at the impacts on lithium demand, prices and production

  • Minimal prices moves in lithium spot market while contract talks continue

    01 December 2017

    The lithium spot market has been calm this week - the lithium hydroxide monohydrate price moved higher but consumers and producers are largely focused on negotiating prices for next year.

  • Global lithium contract prices rise while contract periods shorten

    01 December 2017

    The global lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) market has seen a 10-20% price increase on contracts signed for 2018, while contract durations have shortened due to price uncertainty caused by undersupply in the global market.

  • Price Briefing 24-30 November

    01 December 2017

    Chromite prices firm on low supply; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of potash and phosphate prices; The non-metallurgical chromite market has maintained the high prices reached in previous weeks; Fluorspar prices rise amid tight supply