The first pioneer in electric cars was not Tesla but Toyota with its Prius model. Although it didn’t have a plug, it heralded the start of a new mass market for cars using a battery as part of the powertrain. This new market began in 1997 with sales of less… Read more
Roskill’s ‘On the Road… Cape Town’ meeting, held last week at the Crossley & Webb showroom, highlighted the strains on raw material supply chains that forecast growth in hybrid and electric vehicles are likely to create. Battery raw materials have consistently been in the headlines as fears over future supply… Read more
Ucore Rare Metals has decided to build its first Strategic Metals Complex (SMC) for the separation of rare earths in the town of Ketchikan, southeast Alaska. This location would also serve as a proximal processing facility for its wholly-owned Bokan-Dotson Ridge heavy rare earth project, which hosts a resource of… 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 Quarterly updates of key market fundamentals Access to the report online through Roskill Interactive for up to 5 users Further background data available on request Hard copy of… 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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