Lithium Price Spotlight

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Latest battery-grade lithium prices

Last updated on Friday November 16
Fastmarkets lithium compound prices 

Prices are assessed weekly on Thursdays. 

See the Fastmarkets November trade log for battery-grade lithium carbonate in China including trades, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets.

Market & price developments
  • Battery-grade lithium carbonate prices were stable in China and in the seaborne markets, with most producers working with limited stocks before the year-end.
  • Technical and industrial-grade lithium carbonate output from Qinghai reduced on adverse weather.
  • Lithium hydroxide prices held steady this week on week on slow demand.
  • Rest-of-world prices unchanged.
  • Read the global lithium wrap for more details.
Price trends

Lithium carbonate ex-works domestic China
Lihtium carbonate ex-works China

Lithium carbonate cif China, Japan and Korea
lithiumn carbonate cif China, Japan, Korea

Lithium hydroxide ex-works China
Lithium hydroxide ex-works China

Lithium hydroxide cif China, Japan and Korea
lithium hydroxide cif China, Japan, Korea


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Why have we chosen these prices? 
We have observed the highest liquidity in the Asian battery hub of China, Japan and Korea, where huge demand is driving price direction. Our teams in this region are extremely well positioned to capture and assess this evolving market, which is reflected in the four prices we have selected.   
We believe these four prices reflect the spot market liquidity in this region and will provide reliable benchmarks for the entire supply chain.
How we price lithium 

As a leading provider of trusted pricing intelligence and benchmarks to the metal and mining industry, our prices are relied upon globally to bring transparency to many markets.   
Our strict IOSCO-compliant methodology provides the most reflective prices and insights into the lithium market. These processes do not incorporate the use of trade data, which ensures that the price you see is the most up to date.    
We engage with all sides of the market in order to provide independent, robust prices on which you and all other market participants can rely.