The prices of lithium, graphite, vanadium and a number of other specialist minerals and metals have headed skyward after China went into pollution crackdown overdrive in a bid to clean its air for autumn and winter.
China, a country which is heavily reliant on low cost coal to power its extensive mineral processing industry, has enforced bans on polluting plants across the country and particularly in the northern region. As a result, the prices of flake graphite assessed by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence have risen between 10-20%, the first significant rises in 5 years.
This has not just been isolated . . .