Battery raw materials

Prices, news and analysis for the commodities used in EV and ESS batteries

The critical materials used in manufacturing batteries for electric vehicles (EV) and energy storage systems (ESS) play a vital role in our move towards a zero-carbon future.

Fastmarkets’ battery raw materials 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’ and balance the costs and benefits of sustainability.

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

  • Lithium
  • Cobalt
  • Black mass
  • Manganese
  • Graphite 
  • Nickel 
  • And more commodities used in the production of EVs and batteries, including rare earths, aluminium, copper and steel 

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Key prices

  • Lithium Lithium carbonate 99.5% Li2CO3 min, battery grade, contract price cif China, Japan & Korea, $/kg (MB-LI-0027)
  • Lithium Spodumene min 6% Li2O, spot price, cif China, $/tonne (MB-LI-0012)
  • Lithium Lithium carbonate 99.5% Li2CO3 min, battery grade, spot prices cif China, Japan & Korea, $/kg (MB-LI-0029)
  • Lithium Lithium hydroxide monohydrate LiOH.H2O 56.5% LiOH min, battery grade, spot price cif China, Japan & Korea, $/kg (MB-LI-0033)
  • Cobalt Cobalt standard grade, in-whs Rotterdam, $/lb (MB-CO-0005)

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What’s happening in the battery raw materials market?

Our team of senior analysts and price researchers provide battery raw material prices, forward-looking reports and analysis of the market conditions. Get up-to-speed with our battery raw material prices, news, trends and forecasts.

Major Chinese lithium producers Ganfeng Lithium Group and Tianqi Lithium Corp have issued profit warnings on Tuesday July 9 due to the ongoing decline in lithium prices since early 2023

Price and supply were the major topics of conversation for market participants across the value chain attending Fastmarkets’ flagship Lithium Supply and Battery Raw Materials conference in Las Vegas on June 24-27

Payables for nickel cobalt manganese (NCM) black mass in the CIF Asia markets showed mixed trends in June

Read on as Fastmarkets delves into a monthly market update, focusing on the dynamic and fast-evolving sector of battery raw materials

Heightened price volatility observed in many energy metals underpinning the energy transition, including lithium and cobalt, has encouraged the deployment of a variety of hedging strategies, including the increased use of financial tools, industry participants have told Fastmarkets.

German chemical producer BASF announced on Monday June 24 that it will exit a $2.6 billion investment in a nickel-cobalt refining project in Weda Bay, Indonesia due to significant changes in the nickel market since the inception of the project

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Upcoming events

September 16-18, 2024 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Join 500+ key voices from across the global battery supply chain to focus in on Europe. You will delve into the policies and investment driving the region forward, the latest battery technologies, and how global demand is shaping available supply.

September 5-6, 2024 | Bali, Indonesia
Position yourself at the forefront of shaping Indonesia’s energy revolution. Decisions crafted within the borders of Indonesia echo globally, particularly in the realm of critical minerals and battery raw materials, influencing every facet of the supply chain. This summit serves as the nexus connecting Indonesia to the world, uniting senior government officials with international investors, miners, and manufacturers, as they map out the exciting new journey in Indonesia’s energy transition.

June 23-26, 2025 | Las Vegas, USA
2025 Theme: The energy revolution: Powering tomorrow

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