Dead burned magnesia (DBM) prices quoted in Industrial Minerals for 97.5% MgO lump increased by 90% (or US$470-660/t) to US$1,100-1,400/t fob China on 9th March 2018, from US$630-740/t just a week earlier. Northeast Asia Industrial Minerals Exchange reported US$1,173-1,212/t for 97% 0-30mm MgO on the same day. Roskill view: These… Read more
Access to preferentially priced lithium carbonate produced from Albemarle’s Salar de Atacama – La Negra operation in Chile has been granted to a South Korean consortium of Posco-Samsung SDI, Chile’s Molymet and China’s Sichuan Fulin Industrial Group. Together, these companies could produce around 58,000tpy of cathode materials in Chile, with… Read more
In early March, Syrah Resources announced a problem with its drying circuit at Balama, which has caused a temporary setback to production ramp-up at the Mozambique graphite project. Although repair costs are thought to be low, it could take around eight weeks to fix the problem; during this time, graphite… Read more
The nickel market has gone through a volatile, unsteady period in recent years. After the rapid increase in output of nickel pig iron in China from the mid-2000s, restrictions on the export of nickel ores and concentrates from Indonesia and environmental action in Indonesia constrained the availability of feedstock to… Read more
“Growth in Li-ion battery demand will require fundamental changes to battery raw material industries.” Report includes: Analysis report with forecasts to 2027 Access to the report online through Roskill Interactive for up to 5 users Further background data available on request Hard copy of the report on request Access to… Read more
Lithium supply is ramping up to meet the explosive growth forecast by Roskill for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. In 2016, the market for Li-ion batteries was 87GWh, a ten-fold increase on a decade earlier, based on considerable growth in portable consumer electronics.
Cobalt is mostly mined as a by-product of copper or nickel with the copper-cobalt sulphide deposits of the Central African Copper belt being the principal source. The DRC dominates global mine production and accounted for roughly 60% of global supply in 2015.
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