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 

We continue to expand our coverage as the global BRM market and the needs of the consumer evolve.

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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.

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Nickel premiums stayed flat around the world amid quiet trading in the week to Tuesday April 9.

Oversupply and increased competition from lower-priced synthetic graphite are likely to continue to put downward pressure on natural flake graphite prices over the next few years, sources in Shanghai told Fastmarkets.

Cobalt standard grade prices were stable in the week ended Friday April 5, due to poor demand for cobalt intermediates following price increases in early February amid tight supply in Europe.

Spot lithium carbonate and hydroxide battery grade prices in the seaborne Asia market were stable in the week to Thursday April 4, with conditions quiet due to a public holiday in China, sources told Fastmarkets

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Upcoming events

April 22-23, 2024 | Seoul, South Korea
Meet the battery manufacturers and key mid and downstream players in Seoul. Gain access to a different part of the market, and understand how technological innovations and policy updates are impacting their planning.

June 24-27, 2024 | Las Vegas, USA
You won’t want to miss the global flagship event for the lithium market. Join 1,300+ attendees from across the global supply chain for a week of discussions, debate and deal-making.

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.

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