May 2021

China’s nickel sulfate price rises while market sentiment turns cautious

The Chinese nickel sulfate price further extended its gains amid an uptick in the London Metal Exchange nickel price in the seven days to Friday May 14, although market participants are starting to become cautious of the volatility in the nickel price.

China’s Ganfeng signs deal with Argentina’s government to develop lithium-ion battery factory

Major Chinese lithium producer Ganfeng Lithium has signed a memorandum of understanding with Argentina’s Mining Ministry and Jujuy provincial state for the development of a lithium-ion battery factory in the north of the country, Argentina’s government announced on Friday May 14.

Glencore has key recycling role in circular economy, Sinha says

Glencore has well-established recycling activities and is extending its role as a key part of the circular economy, Glencore Recycling’s global commercial lead, Kunal Sinha said.

INTERVIEW: ‘Resources are limited, recycling is unlimited’ - GEM's Kaihua Xu

GEM chairman Kaihua Xu has worked on building a path for recycling in China since the mid-1990s - he recalls the key steps and discusses the growth and outlook for one of China’s leading recycling businesses.

GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Lithium carbonate price in seaborne Asia market makes strong gains

Lithium prices in the seaborne Asian market continued their strong upward trajectory over the week to Thursday May 13 while the equivalent domestic market in China calmed from the strong momentum in the first quarter of 2021, sources said.

Consumption lull, semi-conductor chips shortage cloud cobalt, lithium prices

Downstream appetites from lithium cobalt oxide (LCO) battery manufacturers weakened in the second quarter during the traditionally weak consumption season for consumer electronics - a key consumer of LCO batteries and an industry battling with a shortage of semi-conductor chips, sources said.

DRC government approves draft decree for development of Manono lithium project

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has approved a draft inter-ministerial decree relating to the development of the Manono lithium and tin project by Australian miner AVZ, the company announced on Monday May 10.

AT A GLANCE: Lithium producer Albemarle sales earnings jump in Q1 on greater demand

A summary of United States-based lithium producer Albemarle’s results for the first quarter of 2021, as stated in its quarterly report published on Wednesday May 5.

Pilbara Minerals targets 'mid-stream' lithium salts production

Pilbara Minerals is targeting “mid-stream” lithium salts production to achieve a greener and better supply chain, Dale Henderson, the Australia-listed lithium miner’s chief operating officer, said during an investor meeting on Tuesday May 11.

Pilbara Minerals, Calix explore new lithium refining process

Pilbara Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sydney-based technology company Calix Limited to jointly undertake a scoping study to evaluate a new refining process, the Australian lithium miner said on Tuesday May 11.