Category Archives: Megafactory

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

Who is winning the global lithium ion battery arms race?

The rise of electric vehicles (EVs) has caused upheaval in the lithium ion battery industry.

Before Elon Musk announced Tesla’s intention to build the world’s biggest lithium ion battery plant, The Gigafactory 1, lithium ion batteries were somewhat of a cottage industry geared to supplying a mobile consumer market for smartphones, laptops, and power-tools.

As we firmly settle into the 21st Century, the lithium ion battery industry has become one of the most critical globally as its role in the energy storage revolution becomes more and more apparent.… Read more

Benchmark Minerals’ Simon Moores talks lithium ion battery megafactories with Cobalt27

Benchmark’s Simon Moores recently featured in an interview with Cobalt27 and spoke about the emergence of lithium ion battery megafactories, where the demand is coming from and the implications for raw material supply chains.

In the Q&A Simon explains how in 2014 Benchmark Mineral Intelligence coined the term megafactories and how these lithium ion battery factories have grown since Tesla announced the Gigafactory, a move which transformed the industry.

Megafactories are not limited to Tesla or North America and the interview also covers other key companies and regions to watch out for in the battery space.… Read more

Benchmark cited in CNBC on the global battery arms race

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence‘s cobalt and cathodes analyst, Caspar Rawles was recently cited in an article written by CNBC science journalist, Robert Ferris “Electric vehicle demand leads to skyrocketing number of lithium ion battery megafactories around the world”

The article discusses a recent Benchmark blog post regarding the ‘Global battery arms race’ and the development of battery production capacity globally, as noted by the Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Megafactory Tracker.

You can read the full article here.… Read more

Rise of the lithium ion battery megafactories: what does 2018 hold?

Since Benchmark Mineral Intelligence coined the term Battery Megafactory in 2014 the landscape of the lithium ion battery industry has changed significantly.

Early on, Benchmark noticed a step change in the way battery supply and demand was developing and the corresponding growth in the size of planned cell production plants on a multi-gigawatt scale. These larger facilities, with a capacity of producing 1GWh or more of cells per year (megafactories) were to become the new standard for the industry.

At the time, there were only three planned plants, Tesla’s Gigafactory in the US, LG Chem’s plant in Nanjing, China and Foxconn’s plant in Anhui, China which didn’t make it off the drawing board.… Read more