Benchmark Mineral Intelligence launches lithium and battery supply chain forecasting and consultancy division

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, the market leaders in price assessments for the lithium ion battery supply chain, has signed Andy Leyland as its new Head of Forecasting.

Benchmark – globally known for its monthly price assessments and market intelligence on the key battery and electric vehicle raw materials of lithium, graphite and cobalt – has established a new, wholly separate division focussed on forecasting and consultancy projects such as, supply chain analysis, offtake contract support and input to feasibility studies and IPO prospectuses.

Benchmark Forecasting will launch two new annual subscription services for lithium and cobalt and will release more information soon.

Andy Leyland joins Benchmark from Wood Mackenzie where as Product Suite Director he was responsible for the commercial vision and direction of the metals business group.

Oxford-educated, Andy is a former Practice Area Leader at CRU Consulting and Associate Director at VTB Capital. He has over 15 years’ experience in supporting project finance in the metals and minerals sector.

Simon Moores, Managing Dirtector at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, commented:

“Having someone with Andy’s heritage and commodity forecasting expertise is a truly superb addition to our expert team. By blending the Benchmark team’s world class knowledge of the lithium ion battery supply chain together with Andy’s forecasting and financial modelling expertise allows us to expand our services and consolidate our world leading position.”

“From launch in 2014, our business has grown significantly. We advise battery producers, mining companies, electronics manufacturers and governments such as our US Senate testimony last year”.

“As the global lithium ion revolution gathers pace and we move from the realms of conversation into energy storage reality, Benchmark’s commitment to independently servicing the industry with price assessments and unrivaled market intelligence remains laser focused and unwavering,” Moores added.

Andy Leyland, Head of Forecasting at  Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, said:

“The battery and battery raw materials industries face enormous challenges to meet expected demand growth over the coming decade.

“Given Benchmark’s unique position in the industry there is no better company to help clients navigate this supply chain, mitigating risk for producers, investors and consumers alike.”

“There are very real risks that the EV revolution will be derailed by raw material shortages and price spikes over the coming years. Via a combination of our consultancy and subscription forecast offering we’ll be providing the market a level of independent advice and expertise previously unavailable.”

For more information, contact Benchmark on [email protected]

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