One of China’s largest lithium-ion battery manufacturers, CATL, has acquired North American Lithium from past owner Jilin Jien Nickel Industry. Jilin Jien, which bought the Quebec Lithium mine and lithium carbonate conversion plant from its creditors in 2016, is understood to have entered bankruptcy in China and had struggled to… Read more
On 15th March, the K+S Group reported improvement in all of its key indicators from the 2017 financial year. Revenues rose to EUR3.6Bn (previous year: EUR3.5Bn) while earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were lifted to EUR577M (previous year: EUR519M). Once again, the Salt business unit was the… 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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