December 2020

GLOBAL LITHIUM SNAPSHOT: China lithium carbonate prices up more on tight availability

China’s spot prices for battery-grade lithium carbonate moved up further on tight supply, and deals were secured at even higher prices over the week Thursday December 31

IN FIGURES: China November 2020 battery raw materials exports

A summary of China’s battery raw materials exports for November 2020.

CME's Fastmarkets-linked cobalt contract trades for first time

The CME Group’s cash-settled cobalt futures contract, which is tied to Fastmarkets’ daily benchmark price assessment for the metal, was traded for the first time on Monday December 28.

China's SRB likely to conduct another round of cobalt stockpiling

China’s State Reserve Bureau (SRB) is likely to conduct another round of cobalt metal stockpiling, sources close to the matter told Fastmarkets.

NEW ENERGY MATERIALS MARKET REPORT 25/12: Nickel sulfate price retreats amid volatile LME nickel prices

An overview of the new energy raw materials markets and their latest price moves.

GLOBAL LITHIUM SNAPSHOT: Chinese battery-grade carbonate price widens up; bullish outlook for Jan

Key pricing data from the pricing sessions in Europe and Asia for the week ended December 24.

Container shortages, logistics bottlenecks further underpin cobalt hydroxide market

Slow port operations at Durban in South Africa and limited container space are helping to keep cobalt hydroxide payables underpinned at their highest in at least two years on Thursday December 24.

Chinese cobalt metal price rises on tightened spot availability; sulfate market continues uptrend

Spot cobalt metal prices in China rose on Wednesday December 23 following a sharp rally in local futures prices, while availability of spot cargoes has started to tightened after major producers held back from making offers due to a widening price gap between metal and sulfate.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS MARKET REPORT 23/12: Lithium carbonate rises on material shortage, higher offers

An overview of the consumer electronics markets and their latest price moves.

SQM signs lithium supply agreement with LG Energy Solutions

Chilean lithium producer Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM) has signed a long-term supply agreement for high quality lithium cathode material with LG Energy Solutions, it said on Tuesday December 22.