December 2018

Chinese flake graphite imports soar in November

Chinese imports of flake graphite rose over 50% on the month in November and were up more than tenfold on the year, driven by zero import tariffs on cargoes from African countries.

Trade log December 2018: Cobalt Sulfate

Trade log for cobalt sulfate in China including transactions, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets MB.

BATTERY RAW MATERIALS MARKET REPORT 28/12: Cobalt sulfate price steady amid active inquiries

An overview of the battery raw materials markets and their price moves from the past week.

Trade log December 2018: Lithium

Trade log for battery-grade lithium carbonate in China including trades, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets.

GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Chinese lithium prices stable ahead of year-end; other regional markets flat

Chinese domestic spot battery-grade lithium carbonate prices were stable in the week ended Thursday December 27, with buyers in no hurry to make any purchases ahead of the New Year holiday. Lithium hydroxide prices in the country were similarly unchanged because consumers had no immediate need to restock.

GEM to provide 170kt NCA precursor materials to South Korea's Ecopro

Chinese battery materials producer GEM has signed a memorandum with South Korea's Ecopro to supply the latter with 170,000 tonnes of nickel-rich nickel-cobalt-aluminium (NCA) precursor materials in the next five years, according to an announcement on Sunday December 23.

Chinese spherical graphite exports rise in line with EV industry’s rapid development; prices well supported

The electric vehicle (EV) industry has undergone rapid development this year, with a rise in global EV sales volumes prompting continuous growth in demand for China’s spherical graphite. This demand, coupled with tightening supply in the country, has kept prices for the material well supported.

2018 REVIEW: 10 things that defined the battery raw materials markets this year

The past 12 months have served as a reality check for the battery raw materials markets.

Cobalt continues year-end slump; double-digit discounts emerge for 2019

Cobalt prices continued to slide in the second half of the month as sellers feeling the pressure to destock ahead of the year-end faced buyers reluctant to add to their books in December.

Trade log December 2018: Cobalt

Cobalt trade log including business, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets.