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.

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China National Passenger Cars Association: 73,145 New energy passenger vehicles sold in April in China

10 May 2018 According to the China National Passenger Cars Association, sales of new energy passenger vehicles reached 73,145 units in April, an increase of 150% year-on-year, and an increase of 31.3% from the previous month. In 2018, the sales of new energy passenger vehicles showed a strong growth momentum. Cui Dongshu, secretary-general of CPCA, […]

Investing News: Kidman and SQM Choose Site for New Lithium Plant in Australia

7 May 2018: Australian lithium miner Kidman Resources and its joint venture partner Chile’s SQM are set to open a new lithium processing plant in Western Australia. Kidman has selected a site in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial area, south of Perth, the company said in a press release on Friday (May 4). “Putting our foot on the Kwinana site […]

The Washington Post: China to allow full foreign ownership in auto industry

BEIJING —  April 17- China announced plans Tuesday to allow full foreign ownership of automakers in five years, ending restrictions that helped to fuel its trade dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump as it promotes electric car development. The change would scrap rules that require global automakers to work through state-owned partners, an arrangement that forces […]

Reuters: BHP Billiton to produce nickel sulphate next year, eying cobalt on battery boom

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -APRIL 18, 2018- BHP Billiton (BHP.AX)(BLT.L) is expanding its business as a supplier of battery minerals at its nickel refinery in Western Australia, planning to start producing nickel sulphate next year and looking at cobalt output as well, a company executive said. Cobalt and nickel are both critical ingredients for lithium ion batteries, […]

Shalina Resources and its Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) subsidiary, Chemaf, sign marketing agreement for cobalt hydroxide with Trafigura

Ramsey and Lubumbashi, 4th April 2018 – Shalina Resources Ltd and its DRC subsidiary Chemaf S.A.R.L (“Chemaf”), a company specializing in cobalt and copper exploration, mining and processing in the DRC, have today announced the signing of a marketing agreement until December 2020 for cobalt hydroxide with Trafigura Group, the leading commodities trading firm. The marketing […] study rips into cobalt, lithium price bulls At the end of February Morgan Stanley sent shares of lithium producers and explorers tumbling after the investment bank forecast a huge surplus in the market for the battery raw material in 2022, resulting in forecast prices nearly halving from today’s levels. The negative assessment raised eyebrows in the industry with executives criticizing Morgan […]

Industry Front: New energy vehicle sales increased 95.2% year-on-year in February in China

In February, the production and sales of new energy vehicles were 39,230 and 34,420 respectively in China, an increase of 119.1% and 95.2% year-on-year. The production and sales of pure electric vehicles were 28,872 and 23,458, an increase of 89.4% and 68.4% year-on-year respectively; and the production and sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles completed 10,358 […]

Reuters: Glencore signs massive cobalt sale deal with China’s GEM

(Reuters) – MARCH 14, 2018 Glencore Plc, the world’s biggest producer of cobalt, has agreed to sell around a third of its cobalt production over the next three years to Chinese battery recycler GEM Co Ltd, according to a filing by GEM on Wednesday. Glencore will sell 52,800 tonnes of cobalt hydroxide to GEM between […]

The West Australian: Lithium expansion: Tianqi’s mine set to double in size as processing plant is built in Kwinana

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 : A lithium mine in WA’s south is set to double in size by next year, creating hundreds of new jobs in the process. Tianqi’s lithium mine in Greenbushes, about 90km south of Bunbury, is already the biggest lithium mine on the planet and supplies a third of the globe. But an expansion […]

Reuters: Chile says companies to invest $754 million in lithium industry

SANTIAGO, MARCH 9, 2018 – Reuters- Chile’s development agency Corfo said on Friday that companies from China and South Korea, as well as Chile, had been approved to make investments of around $754 million in the red-hot lithium industry. The companies selected in a bidding process to develop technology focused on the lithium market were […]