Your guide to commodity market trends, pricing dynamics and the automotive raw materials supply chain

Helping automakers to overcome the business risks associated with volatile raw materials markets

Fastmarkets’ automotive suite brings together the vital commercial insights, data and analytics that you need to help you make accurate forecasts, manage inventories and price risk, benchmark costs against your peers’ costs and refine your strategic plans.

Our automotive customers get access to in-depth price data and short- and long-term forecasting and analysis for the following raw materials: 

  • Agriculture: Biofuels, hides and leather
  • Forest products: Paper packaging, pallets
  • Metals and mining: Base metals, battery raw materials, rare earths, steel, scrap

Our battery raw materials analytics include a Battery Recycling Outlook and Battery Cost Index. We continue to expand our coverage as the global automotive market evolves. 

How Fastmarkets helps automakers
Fastmarkets’ automotive suite is designed to address common challenges faced by automakers in the procurement and management of raw materials.

Volatile prices

Price volatility is nothing new for procurement professionals familiar with the vagaries of global commodity markets. And yet, recent price volatility is straining material management processes and supplier relationships.

Fastmarkets helps automakers anticipate and hedge against price risk and put in place more robust pricing practices.   

Opaque markets

Market complexity, dependence on imports from distant shores, supply insecurity, accessing new subsidies driven by the Inflation Reduction Act and the EU Battery Directive, unanticipated changes in regulation, recycling mandates and imperatives — it’s a lot to juggle.

Fastmarkets gives automakers access to a network of expert price reporters and analysts, deeply immersed in their markets. Our news and analysis services bring their insights to you in real time.

Supply chain uncertainty

Every link of the automotive supply chain has been tested to its limits in recent years. When the business turns to the planning and strategy team to predict the market’s next move, that team turns to Fastmarkets.

Fastmarkets equips automakers with up-to-date market analysis, coverage of the latest news and trends moving the market and access to experts. Our in-depth analysis of the EV value chain includes cost differentials as well as prices, forecasts and subsidy impacts for the US, Europe, China and the rest of Asia. 

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Learn more about the products and services that make up Fastmarkets’ automotive suite:

Breaking news and market-reflective commodity prices, even when markets are at their most volatile.

Commodities covered: Steel, scrap, base and minor metals, ores and alloys, industrial minerals, pallets, rare earths, packaging, biofuels, hides and leather

Analysis of the forces moving your markets and how they’ll play out over the next 1-2 years.

Commodities covered: Steel, scrap, base and minor metals, ores and alloys, industrial minerals, rare earths, packaging

5- and 15-year forecasts underpinned by deep industry expertise, macroeconomic analysis and 50 years of historical data.

Commodities covered: Battery raw materials

Automakers’ top prices
Our benchmark prices in battery-grade lithium, steel scrap and low-carbon aluminium are some of the most popular with our subscribers from the automotive sector. We assess the prices you see below and hundreds more prices on a daily or weekly basis depending on their liquidity. We also provide short-term price forecasts for many critical materials, including lithium and cobalt. We’ve recently launched black mass, MHP and rare earths prices and added them to our automotive suite.

Looking for a specific price? Search our database for one of our 5,500+ prices

Why Fastmarkets

Automakers have long relied on Fastmarkets’ price data, news and analysis to inform their procurement strategies and manage risk for traditional automotive raw materials such as leather, steel and aluminium. Automakers now also partner with Fastmarkets to inform their electrification and sustainability strategies, leveraging our expertise in battery raw materials and rare earths, green metals and more. 

  • Fastmarkets has more than 100 years’ experience in analyzing and pricing commodity markets.
  • We hold benchmark prices in lithium, iron ore, aluminium and many other key materials.
  • We’ve got more than 500 team members worldwide, with price reporters on the ground in key markets, as well as analysts and editorial teams who are researching and reporting on shifting market dynamics. 

This 35-page report by risk solutions director David Becker breaks down this complexity, offering insights into the historical and projected volatility of these materials, and illuminating their price interplay.

Latest automotive raw materials news

Our team of commodity market experts and price reporters provide weekly prices and market analysis for the automotive industry.

Manganese, chrome, tungsten and vanadium will be key topics of discussion at Fastmarkets’ upcoming Asia Ferroalloys Conference 2024 in Hong Kong on February 26-28, after appearing on China’s latest list of critical minerals

Lepidolite producers in China have been a major wildcard in the lithium industry of late, with production surging despite its higher cost, energy-intensive nature.

Financial incentives for companies developing silicon-based anodes in Europe are helping to support the sector, but the focus on innovation, not scale, risks them falling behind North America, experts told Fastmarkets.

Despite auto manufacturers’ clear demand and willingness to pay a premium for green steel, understanding of the product varies widely in the industry, with larger OEMs like Ford, General Motors, and Volvo actively competing for its limited supply

Graphite companies Nouveau Monde Graphite, Novonix and Westwater have all announced offtake agreements in a developing US anode supply chain to comply with that country’s generous subsidy scheme under the Inflation Reduction Act and to ease the current dependence on China for material, Fastmarkets heard on Thursday February 15

Weak demand continues to stem profitability and prevent capacity return in the European aluminium market, Norsk Hydro’s chief executives told Fastmarkets in an exclusive interview on Wednesday February 14.

Traders have built up their presence in the lithium market in recent years; they see an opportunity in lower prices – after record highs set in 2022 – while the lithium industry aims to take advantage of an expected growth in demand spurred by the global energy transition

What are the main challenges on the path to decarbonization and the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels for the aviation industry?

A group of major automotive manufacturers including Tesla and General Motors sent a joint letter with mining companies and electric vehicle (EV) battery companies on Monday February 5 urging the Biden administration to allow a 10% tax credit to apply to both mineral extraction and mineral processing in the US

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Fastmarkets combines the commodity intelligence of these familiar names:

Metal Bulletin • American Metal Market • Scrap Price Bulletin • Industrial Minerals • RISI • FOEX • The Jacobsen • Agricensus • Random Lengths • FastMarkets and more