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Showa Denko sets up battery materials subsidiary in China

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:00:00 GMT

The Japanese company will supply anode material, carbon nanotubes and other products for use in lithium-ion batteries in China, hoping to seize business opportunities in the leading battery market in Asia.

BATTERY MATERIALS CONF: SQM will retain its lithium market share, Jimenez says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:45:00 GMT

Lithium producer SQM is confident it will retain its market share amid forecasts of global supply growth, while cautioning of the industry's poor track record on delivering lithium projects.

BATTERY MATERIALS CONF: Easpring expects increasing demand for battery materials on NEV expansion

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:30:00 GMT

China-based cathode supplier Easpring believes that demand for battery materials will be driven by expansion of the new energy vehicles sector worldwide.

CERAMITEC 2018: Ten key things we learned this year

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:30:00 GMT

A summary of ten of the most valuable points to be learnt at the 2018 Ceramitec conference, held in Munich, Germany, on April 10-13.

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

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:00:00 GMT

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

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:30:00 GMT

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.

Spherical graphite price grows on tight supply

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:00:00 GMT

The price for uncoated spherical graphite in China has increased twice over the course of one month, while demand from overseas buyers has led to a rebound in Chinese export volumes.

Select Sands sales volumes hurt by logistics problems, river flooding

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:00:00 GMT

The US frac sand miner expects to report falling sales in the first quarter of 2018 due to continuing logistics issues.

Future lithium supply problems take center stage at Geological Society conference in London

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:15:00 GMT

Lithium supplies will not increase as smoothly as predicted by a recent report produced by Morgan Stanley and any existing surplus will be absorbed by growing demand from existing users, keynote speakers told delegates at the Geological Society Lithium Conference, held in London on April 9-10.

US drilling activity hits three-year high

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:15:00 GMT

The US rig count, a key proxy for oilfield mineral demand, is soaring, while activity elsewhere appear to remain stagnant.

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

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:30:00 GMT

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

Chinese bentonite exports ease in February

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:45:00 GMT

But export volumes of the clay remain at a historically high level and increased 72% year on year.

Orocobre lithium production down but average lithium carbonate prices up

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:00:00 GMT

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

INTERVIEW: Bolivia’s YLB targets spot, international markets for lithium

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:30:00 GMT

Amid recent price increases, Bolivian lithium producer YLB has set its sights on international markets as it hurries to ramp up production. Industrial Minerals market reporter Martim Facada hears how the company and the state plan to harness the country’s vast resources.

FREE WEB SEMINAR: What’s driving the battery raw materials market? – catch-up

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:45:00 GMT

Did you catch Metal Bulletin’s recent web seminar on key factors driving the battery raw materials markets?

Graphite juniors news in brief, April 4

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:15:00 GMT

A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry, with news from Armadale Capital, Alba Mineral Resources, Archer Exploration, Black Rock Mining and Magnis Resources.

Chinese barytes exports plummet in February

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:15:00 GMT

Customs data shows barytes exports at multi-year lows, as market participants report shortages.

Shift to renewable energy, EVs 'will alter minerals markets for decades'

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

The global shift from an oil-based economy to one based on electric power offers great opportunities for industrial minerals, Gianna Kovacevic says.

Concerns raised about supply of battery raw materials

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

Demand for battery materials will crash into limited supplies soon, at the same time as global carmakers attempt to switch to making electric vehicles.

SQM reports earnings up 54% in strong 2017 performance

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

SQM is ready to meet the challenge of satisfying global battery demand, its chief executive says, with prices of lithium and iodine both rising.

Strong lithium prices boost Albemarle’s 2017 earnings

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

Albemarle plans continued growth in 2018 after raising earnings by 17% last year.

China’s NEV output doubles year on year in February

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

China's production of electric vehicles is booming, with subsidies to encourage more output, and lithium prices are rising on the increase in demand for batteries.

US drilling activity hits three-year high

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

The US rig count is at a three-year high, with demand painting a positive picture for oilfield mineral pricing.

Permian Basin frac sand supply boom threatens fine mesh prices

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

The outlook for coarse grades of sand is positive, but that boom could backfire on finer grades, according to the boss of Fairmount Santrol.

Energy technology optimism buoys mood at PDAC convention

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

There is hope in the battery sector but it will not be realized tomorrow, or even this year, according to conference delegates.

Toyota unveils plans to slash heavy rare earth use in EV motors

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

Neodymium is reduced, dysprosium and terbium eliminated, and sources outside China can be opened up, the Japanese carmaker says.