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Resourcing the New Energy Economy: The Critical Role of Battery Raw Materials

The new energy economy and electrification of the transport industry will likely result in booming demand and supply shortages, while the current market is fraught with supply surpluses and low metal and mineral prices that have not yet found their floors. In recent years the certainty of significant market growth has so far provided price volatility in battery raw material markets. With the full impact of Covid-19 yet to be realized, price uncertainty is likely to continue. Our in-depth report Resourcing the New Energy Economy looks at the factors at play that will impact this industry and the prices of the commodities that supply it.

At Fastmarkets we provide price data for global commodity markets, including prices for lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite and manganese alongside market news and price forecasts. This information, surfaced through our new platform, provides those buying, selling and trading these commodities with reliable and trusted information to help make informed business decisions, minimize risk and identify future opportunities. Our events, including Lithium Supply & Markets, bring industries together to trade, network and learn the latest developments in the supply chain. 

Here we provide you with a sample of the market news, webinars, events and price data we provide our customers. 

Battery raw material prices - Last 24 months

 Fastmarkets - Chart showing percentage price change of Lithium, nickel and cobalt prices from 2018 to 2020

Chart showing the (%) price change of battery raw materials prices over the past 12 months.

This chart was created using the Fastmarkets Dashboard and the Excel Add-in

Upcoming events and webinars

  • Free webinar: Critical look into the impact of Covid-19 on cathode materials

    21 July, 2020

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  • Free webinar: How will electric vehicle markets behave post Covid-19?

    August 18, 2020

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  • Virtual conference: Lithium Supply and Markets 2020

    For the first time Lithium Supply & Markets 2020 will be taking place online. We'll be bringing you more content than ever before, with new highly targeted networking tools in place to make sure you continue doing business despite the pandemic.

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  • Free webinar: How has Covid-19 impacted lithium markets?

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Battery raw materials prices

Below is a list of battery raw materials price that Fastmarkets covers.

Price Symbol Frequency
Cobalt
Cobalt standard grade, in-whs Rotterdam, $/lb MB-CO-0005 Daily
Cobalt 99.8% Co min, ex-works China, yuan/tonne MB-CO-0001 Twice weekly
Cobalt sulfate 20.5% Co basis, exw China, yuan/tonne MB-CO-0017 Twice weekly
Cobalt hydroxide index 30% Co min, cif China, $/Ib MB-CO-0020 Every second week
Cobalt hydroxide payable indicator, min 30% Co, cif China, % payable of Fastmarkets’ standard-grade cobalt price (low-end) MB-CO-0021 Twice weekly
Cobalt tetroxide 72.6% Co min, delivered China, yuan/tonne MB-CO-0012 Twice weekly
Graphite
Graphite flake 94% C, -100 mesh, fob China, $/tonne MB-GRA-0042 Weekly
Graphite spherical 99.95% C, 15 microns, fob China, $/tonne MB-GRA-0036 Weekly
Lithium
Lithium carbonate 99.5% Li2CO3 min, battery grade, spot price range exw domestic China, yuan/tonne MB-LI-0036 Weekly
Lithium hydroxide monohydrate 56.5% LiOH.H2O min, technical and industrial grade, spot price range exw domestic China, yuan/tonne MB-LI-0038 Weekly
Lithium carbonate 99.5% Li2CO3 min, battery grade, spot prices cif China, Japan & Korea, $/kg MB-LI-0029 Weekly
Lithium hydroxide monohydrate 56.5% LiOH.H2O min, technical and industrial grades, spot price cif China, Japan & Korea, $/kg MB-LI-0032 Weekly
Lithium carbonate 99.5% Li2CO3 min, battery grade, spot price ddp Europe and US, $/kg MB-LI-0023 Weekly
Lithium hydroxide monohydrate 56.5% LiOH.H2O min, battery grade, spot price ddp Europe and US, $/kg MB-LI-0025 Weekly
Lithium carbonate index, min 99.5% Li2O3, battery grade, exw China, yuan/tonne MB-LI-0042 Weekly
Spodumene 5-6% Li2O min, cif China, $/tonne MB-LI-0012 Monthly
Manganese
Manganese 99.7% electrolytic manganese flake, in-whs Rotterdam, $/tonne MB-MN-0001 Twice weekly
Manganese ore index 37% Mn, cif Tianjin, $/dmtu MB-MNO-0003 Weekly
Nickel
Laterite ore with 1.5% Ni content, cif China, $/tonne MB-NIO-0002 Weekly
Nickel min 99.8% briquette premium, cif Shanghai, $/tonne MB-NI-0245 Monthly
Nickel sulfate min 21%, max 22.5%; cobalt 10ppm max, exw China, yuan/tonne MB-NI-0244 Weekly
Vanadium
Vanadium pentoxide 98% V2O5 min, in-whs Rotterdam, $/lb V2O5 MB-V-0001 Weekly

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