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.

US-headquartered Atlas Lithium decided to expand its investment into Brazilian hard-rock lithium feedstock resources with the acquisition of new exploration permits ahead of scheduled first production from its Neves project in the fourth quarter, the company announced on Monday June 17

Here are the key insights from our conversation with Fastmarkets’ Paul Lusty on the future of the battery raw materials and electric vehicle markets

Chinese authorities are in the process of considering relaxing restrictions on the import of some specifications of black mass to the country, sources said

Aluminium and lithium market participants told Fastmarkets the European Commission’s provisional additional duties on Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) are supportive for production but they were not convinced they would be enough to reverse the fortunes of the weakening domestic European auto market

The European Union announced on Wednesday June 12 that it will impose additional tariffs of up to 38.1% on electric vehicles (EVs) imported from China from July 4.

Europe’s nascent synthetic graphite sector faces a double threat with China’s overcapacity persisting and US legislation embracing protectionism at the expense of a level playing field, according to the head of a forthcoming anode material producer in Europe

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June 24-27, 2024 | Las Vegas, USA
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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.

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