Category Archives: Lithium

Volkswagen leads auto majors’ charge into lithium market

Volkswagen (VW) has taken a major step in securing the future of its bold electric vehicle (EV) production targets by locking in a long-term lithium supply deal with China’s Ganfeng Lithium.

While the details of the MOU have not been disclosed, the company said it would provide the foundation for the introduction of 70 electrified models over the coming 10 years.

VW Group Board Member for Components and Procurement, Dr. Stefan Sommer, said that the deal represented “crucial strategic significance for implementing Volkswagen’s electric offensive”.… Read more

Jose Hofer joins Team Benchmark from SQM as our forecasting division grows

Released: 02 April 2019 |

LONDON, UK | Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (Benchmark Minerals) is delighted to announce that José Hofer has joined from SQM, one of the world’s foremost lithium producers, and has been appointed Senior Analyst – Forecasting.

José was previously Business Intelligence Manager for SQM, based in Santiago, Chile.

At Benchmark Minerals, José will be responsible for our growing portfolio of quarterly forecasting subscriptions that presently include lithium, cobalt and graphite anode and will soon include a wider spread of critical electric vehicle (EV) and battery raw materials including nickel, copper, and manganese.… Read more

Australian spodumene concentrate exports continue to ramp up

Exports of spodumene concentrate from Australia continued to ramp up in 2018 – with three new mines beginning shipments from ports across Western Australia.

Incremental increases were seen from all three of the country’s established producers; with Greenbushes, Mt Marion and Mt Cattlin recording 12%, 22% and 4% increases in shipments respectively.

Whilst the 23% growth in exports year-on-year was modest in comparison to the dramatic 109% increase seen in 2017, the introduction of further supply from three new operations marks a defining year for an Australian market that, prior to 2017, had only a single operating mine.… Read more

Benchmark hails overwhelming reaction to Senate hearing on energy, EV supply chains

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has welcomed the overwhelming reaction to the US Senate hearing on Tuesday 5 February in Washington, DC, which focused on electric vehicle and energy storage supply chains.

Led by Chairman Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), the hearing was the first of the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the 116th Congress.

The Senators heard as Benchmark’s Managing Director, Simon Moores, issued a red alert on the lithium ion battery supply chain and the raw materials of lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite and warned the highest tier of US government that its country is presently a ‘bystander’ in this ‘global battery arms race’.… Read more

Benchmark Minerals Launches Lithium Carbonate and Hydroxide Price Indexes

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence is delighted to announce the launch of two new lithium price indexes. The two dedicated price indexes – lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide – draw from the data collected by our analysts across 11 market prices to give the most accurate, independent and reliable industry insights.

The two indexes build on the original Benchmark Lithium Price Index, which was launched in 2015 to provide an overview of lithium chemical price trends from Benchmark Minerals’ monthly Lithium Price Assessment.… Read more

Benchmark Minerals’ Exchange Traded Lithium Breakfast – The Takeaways

Last week, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence hosted a Wall Street breakfast to discuss the potential for Exchange Traded Lithium.

The breakfast was attended by an excellent cross section of those that are set to be affected most by the introduction of  new financial instruments for lithium.

The London Metal Exchange (LME) presented at the breakfast together with Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, Deutsche Bank on the current state of play for lithium and Rho Motion’s expert insights into the downstream portion of the lithium ion battery to electric vehicle space.… Read more

Benchmark Minerals to speak at BAML, Deutsche Bank – New York, This Week

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The year is off to a grandstand start for the Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Team.

Two subscriber only events in New York this week kicks off what will be a defining year for the lithium ion battery to EV supply chain.

1. BAML, Tuesday 15 January 2019 – The Benchmark World Tour 2019 

The first event, a full day of energy storage / ESS discussion, will take place at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) on Tuesday 15 January.… Read more

Lithium Supply Revisited

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A new year for the lithium market has already begun to spark fresh concerns about oversupply, but despite the ramp up in new operations major supply chain questions linger.

A furore around anticipated new supply engulfed the lithium market in early-2018, however through the haze of Chinese lithium price declines, massive oversupply concerns were eventually dispelled. 

Incremental new volumes have undoubtedly reached the market throughout 2018 but accompanied by continued growth in demand the industry remains finely balanced as we fast approach the age of the battery megafactories.… Read more

Benchmark Minerals invited to speak at The Royal Institution on rise of the lithium ion battery

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has been invited to speak at a special event for the UK public being held at The Royal Institution of Great Britain in London.

The Battery – Inside Out is an event supported by new UK battery initiative, The Faraday Institution, taking place on Tuesday 12 March 2019 at 1900. It will focus on the rise of the lithium ion battery against the backdrop of a global electric vehicle and energy storage revolution.

The special one-off event will hear from the some of the UK’s and the world’s leading voices on the subject including:

  • Benchmark’s Managing Director, Simon Moores
  • Patrick Vallance, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser
  • Serena Corr from the University of Sheffield
  • David Greenwood of Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)
  • Judith Richardson, Global Purchasing Director of Jaguar Land Rover

It is the first time such an event has been held at The Royal Institution – a globally renowned organisation that supports public engagement with science.… Read more

Western Australian Lithium Rising: Benchmark Minerals’ lithium price index cited by the Financial Times

The Benchmark Lithium Price Index has been cited by the Financial Times as global interest in lithium prices continues to grow. This follows The Wall Street Journal’s article citing the Benchmark Lithium Price Index earlier this week.

The Financial Times’ piece, “Electric cars: will Australia’s battery gamble pay off?”, profiles Western Australia’s lithium prospects and the lithium mining boom in the age of electric vehicles.

The feature includes the Benchmark Lithium Price Index and notes that, with reference to Benchmark Minerals’ data, lithium carbonate prices have dropped by a third in Asia.… Read more