Battery Materials Community

Welcome to Metal Events Ltd’s Battery Materials Community — Lithium, Graphite & Cobalt and other metals used in batteries. Here you will find news and information about these markets, including data from China, company information and analysis of this important industrial sector.

If you would like any further information about our events please contact sales(at) You will find a link to our forthcoming Battery Materials Conference here and our 3rd International Battery Materials Conference: 2018 Lithium, Graphite & Cobalt  will be held in Hong Kong, 5-6 November 2018. Join our mailing list here for up-to-date information

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Bloomberg: Apple in Talks to Buy Cobalt Directly From Miners

Bloomberg-February 21, 2018: Apple is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners for the first time, according to people familiar with the matter, seeking to ensure it will have enough of the key battery ingredient amid industry fears of a shortage driven by the electric vehicle boom. The iPhone maker is […]

Xinhua Net: China’s auto sales post double-digit growth in January

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) — China’s auto sales returned to double-digit growth in January due to a low base, data from an industry association showed Friday. About 2.8 million vehicles were sold in January, up 11.6 percent year on year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). The growth was faster than the […]

Bloomberg: Sweden Is on the Hunt for Cobalt

Sweden will step up efforts to find precious minerals such as cobalt and lithium, key battery components that are increasingly in demand among makers of electric vehicles. The government will invest 10 million kronor ($1.26 million) over the next two years to map the existence of minerals deemed important for future growth. While Sweden has […]

Bloomberg-China Raises Subsidies to Reward Longer Range Electric Cars

China is increasing subsidies for electric vehicles that can travel longer distances on a single charge, while also making it more difficult for battery-powered automobiles to qualify for any new incentives under a central government plan. The central government incentive for electric cars that have a range of 400 kilometers (249 miles) and beyond on […]

Four ministries and commissions to adjust the subsidy policy of new energy vehicles to support the charging infrastructure operations

On February 13, the four ministries and commissions including the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Industry and Information released the “Notice on Adjusting and Improving the Policy of Financial Subsidy for the Promotion and Application of New Energy Vehicles”, adjusted and perfected and applied the subsidy policy.  Local governments should continuously increase the […]

News from Metal Events Ltd’s REACH 2018 Forum held in London last week

Back to the drawing board: Brexit to result in UK-REACH. How can UK importers and manufacturers best prepare? by Raminta Dereskeviciute, Clare Reynolds, Oliver G. Bates, Zanda Romata 9 Febuary 2018 On 6 February 2017, Simon Johnson from the EU Exit Team at DEFRA confirmed to the attendees of a Metal Events Ltd’s Forum on REACH that the UK […]

The MIIT released the first batch of new energy vehicles recommended list in 2018 in China

Vehicle Trend: On February 2, 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released the first batch of new energy vehicles recommended list in 2018, with a total of 118 new energy models from 59 enterprises on the list. In terms of the product type, there are 106 pure electric cars from 53 enterprises, 9 […]

FMC and Albemarle shares plunge as SQM settles CORFO dispute

Lithium producers FMC and Albemarle Corp saw their share prices slide earlier this week after fellow lithium miner SQM settled its dispute with Chilean development agency, CORFO.  The agreement ends a royalties dispute and will allow SQM to apply for an increase in its production quota. SQM will now pay royalties equal to those paid […]

Altura’s lithium project nearing completion

ASX-listed Altura is nearing the completion of the Stage 1 construction of its lithium project, in Western Australia. The company’s “aggressive” timetable for commissioning and production is on track, with commissioning during the first quarter of this year and first lithium concentrate sales by the second quarter. “The board and management of Altura outlined an aggressive timetable when we […]

Cobalt price bulls’ worst fears may just have been

Cobalt prices went ballistic in 2017 with the metal quoted on the LME ending the year at $75,500, a 129% annual surge sparked by intensifying supply fears and an expected demand spike from battery markets. Measured from its record low hit in February 2016, the metal is more than $50,000 more expensive. Given these lofty […]