April 2021

GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Lithium hydroxide price in China steady; carbonate price retreats

The lithium hydroxide price in China was firm over the week to Thursday April 22 amid tight availability, while the carbonate price softened due to the restart and ramp-up of operations in Qinghai province.

IN FIGURES: China’s battery raw materials imports in March 2021

A summary of China’s battery raw materials imports for March 2021.

IN FIGURES: China’s battery raw materials exports in March 2021

A summary of China’s battery raw materials exports for March 2021

Green Lithium secures funding to establish refinery in UK

Mineral processing company Green Lithium announced on Tuesday April 20 that it has secured funding of £631,000 ($880,000) from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to support the construction a large-scale lithium refinery in the UK.

AT A GLANCE: Pilbara Minerals’ spodumene output soars on demand upswing

A summary of Australian spodumene concentrate miner Pilbara Minerals’ results for the first quarter of 2021, released on Wednesday April 21.

Orocobre’s sale agent signs multi-year battery-grade lithium carbonate supply deals

Toyota Tsusho Corp, the joint sales and marketing agent for lithium chemicals from Orocobre’s Olaroz lithium works, has signed contracts to supply battery-grade lithium carbonate to two leading Chinese cathode manufacturers, Orocobre said.

Chinese nickel sulfate price rebounds slightly, but spot liquidity remains thin

The Chinese nickel sulfate price recovered slightly in the week to Friday April 16, supported by high raw material costs while spot liquidity remained thin, market sources told Fastmarkets.

Johnson Matthey seals battery raw material deals for new cathode plant

British speciality chemicals firm Johnson Matthey (JM) has secured long-term supply agreements for both cobalt and lithium with major producers, while scaling up its battery materials business in Europe, it said on Monday April 19.

FOCUS: Will nickel briquette lose appeal as feedstock with Chinese nickel sulfate price declining?

Nickel briquette has steadily become a more favored choice of feedstock for Chinese battery-grade nickel sulfate producers in recent months, resulting in a notable pick-up in spot trading activity for the former.

PEOPLE MOVES: Altura Mining appoints Alex Cheeseman CEO

Australian lithium-spodumene producer Altura Mining has appointed Alex Cheeseman chief executive officer with immediate effect, the company said on Friday April 16.