May 2021

Work on second-stage expansion at Cauchari-Olaroz lithium site in Argentina commences, Lithium Americas says

Junior miner Lithium Americas has commenced development planning for a second-stage expansion of lithium production capacity at the Cauchari-Olaroz lithium project in Argentina, it said on Friday May 28.

GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Seaborne Asian lithium complex steady despite China carbonate weakness

The markets for the lithium complex in Asia were mostly steady over the week ended Thursday May 27, except for the domestic Chinese market for lithium carbonate, which was under pressure due to rising supply and weaker demand.

Stelco, Primobius plan North American EV battery recycling venture

Canadian steelmaker Stelco has agreed with a German battery recycling specialist, Primobius, to work toward creating a lithium-ion battery recycling venture, initially hoped to recycle 20,000 tonnes per year of batteries.

CHINA INTL LiCoNi SUMMIT: Four things we learned in Changsha

Four key takeaways from the 6th China International LiCoNi Summit in Changsha, China, on May 20-21, 2021.

Lithium, cobalt prices under pressure as Chinese battery manufacturers cut orders for LCO cathode materials

Battery manufacturers in China have aggressively cut their orders for lithium cobalt oxide (LCO) cathode materials in the second quarter, with the move weighing on lithium and cobalt prices, market sources told Fastmarkets.

COBALT INSTITUTE CONF 2021: Five key takeaways from the virtual gathering

Fastmarkets reporters round up some of the key discussion points from the Cobalt Institute’s annual conference, which ran virtually this year on May 18-19.

US 'deep in conversations' to support EV growth, Buttigieg says

The United States is “deep in conversations” to determine how the federal government can support the growth of electric vehicles (EVs), the country’s Secretary of Transportation said.

AT A GLANCE: Orocobre’s realized price for lithium salt sales rises more than 50% in Q1 vs Q4

A summary of Australian lithium miner Orocobre’s results for the first quarter of 2021, released on Monday May 24.

Rio Tinto, InoBat sign MOU for lithium battery supply chain

Rio Tinto and Slovakia-based battery company InoBat have signed a memorandum of understanding to accelerate the establishment of a battery manufacturing and recycling value chain in Serbia, the United Kingdom-listed miner said.

LME ASIA 2021: Regulations, financing ability to catalyze sustainability in metals, mining

Supportive regulations and directives as well as financing ability are likely to spur the metal and mining supply chain toward their transition to sustainability, panelists told attendees at LME Asia Metal Seminar 2021 on Tuesday May 25.