Category Archives: China

Benchmark Magazine launches

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has launched its first magazine issue which is free to download. The quarterly publication is part of an annual Membership that specialises in critical minerals and metals, disruptive technology and emerging markets. Benchmark will go beyond the news which is widely reported and direct to the core of trends that are effecting our industry today. … Continue reading Benchmark Magazine launches

How battery markets can learn from smartphone disruption

The rapid uptake of smartphones over the last 10 years can hold some valuable lessons for those involved in emerging battery markets. While some participants may still feel battery technology is not good enough to play any pivotal role besides its uses today, the reality is portable and stationary batteries will have an ever increasing … Continue reading How battery markets can learn from smartphone disruption

Deutsche Bank: EVs at the tipping point

Deutsche Bank believes we are at the dawn of a new auto era with “unprecedented technological and regulatory change” set to come in the next 5 years. In a new report viewed by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence that analyses the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain, the banking and financial services group explained that in its opinion: “EVs will … Continue reading Deutsche Bank: EVs at the tipping point

Has China Reached Peak Graphite?

From Shenzhen, China Benchmark Mineral Intelligence can reveal that China’s share of global natural graphite output will fall by 15% this year to levels not seen since the mid-1990s when the country began exporting to international markets. 2014 will see output fall to 70% of the world’s share from an all-time high of 85% in 2013. This … Continue reading Has China Reached Peak Graphite?

The battery megafactories are coming

Global battery production is expected to receive a turbo boost in the next three years as some of the world’s biggest corporations and disruptive technology companies prepare major entries into the market. Tesla Motors, LG Chem and Foxconn Technology Group are all constructing what can be described as battery super-plants for the electric vehicle (EV) … Continue reading The battery megafactories are coming

China admits 40% of magnetic rare earths supply is illegal

China – the world’s leading producer of rare earth elements – has revealed that 40% of its supply used in high strength magnets is from illegally mined sources in the country. The figure was revealed by rare earths expert Prof. Dudley Kingsnorth of Industrial Minerals Company of Australia (IMCOA) at a high level conference in … Continue reading China admits 40% of magnetic rare earths supply is illegal