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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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 […]

…Subsidy cuts have already impacted China NEV sales

Cuts made in 2017 in subsidies on sales of NEVs have had an impact on sales, Yuan Gao, President & CEO of Pulead Technology Industry Co Ltd told delegates at Metal Events Ltd’s 2nd International Battery Materials Conference: Lithium, Graphite & Cobalt held in association with China’s Baiinfo in Hong Kong last month. Sales of […]

China to phase out all electric car subsidies – Bloomberg

Bloomberg is reporting that China is planning to tell local governments to stop offering subsidies for electric cars and other new-energy vehicles, people familiar with the matter said, a move that could undermine demand for autos made by companies including BYD Co. and BAIC Motor Corp. “The Ministry of Finance is working on a plan […]

Toyota and Panasonic to start feasibility study of joint automotive Prismatic battery business

Toyota Motor Corporation and Panasonic Corporation have agreed to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive prismatic battery business. The companies have agreed to target further advancements in automotive batteries, which are crucial technologies in electrified vehicles. Toyota and Panasonic said they recognise the importance that further advancements in battery performance, price and safety, […]

i2A brings antimony industry together over reclassification

The International Antimony Assn (i2A) recently brought the global industry together in Brussels to discuss how to avert a possible reclassification of antimony and a group of its compounds under REACH regulations. Antimony is currently classified as a class 2 carcinogen, but evaluation could see it raised to a 1A or 1B classification. The German […]

Delegates look to buoyant future at Metal Events battery conference

Metal Events Ltd’s 2nd International Battery Materials Conference: Lithium, Graphite & Cobalt in association with China’s Baiinfo was held in Hong Kong last month. Over 100 attendees gathered to review developments in the lithium-ion battery sector and how industry is responding to growth projections with many governments committed to environmental policies. Opening speaker Yuan Gao, […]

Global Battery Alliance set up to check supply chain issues

Big tech, mining, manufacturing, automotive and energy businesses are joining forces with UNICEF, the African Development Bank, other international organizations and NGOs have created a responsible global supply of batteries. The Global Battery Alliance aims to safeguard workers, ban child labour, eradicate pollution, promote re-use and recycling and unlock innovation for green energy storage. Launched […]

Nemaska produces first lithium hydroxide from Whabouchi

Nemaska Lithium Inc has produced 1.5 tonnes of battery grade lithium hydroxide, from Whabouchi spodumene concentrate, the company said in a statement. Independent laboratory analyses confirm that the lithium hydroxide produced from its Phase 1 Plant in Shawinigan meets the specifications of cathode manufacturers globally. The lithium hydroxide is ready for delivery and was scheduled […]