Battery Recycling Outlook

Gain a competitive edge in the emerging battery recycling market

The global battery recycling market is booming, driven by high demand for key battery materials. Recycling ensures security of supply, particularly for countries that don’t have domestic production and has better ESG credentials than primary supply from mined metals. There has also been a rise in global recycling regulations which are mandating the level of recycled metal in new batteries and recycling recovery rates.

Challenges for recyclers include tight supply of used batteries, causing them to run at lower capacity, as well as falling battery metal prices, which both affect profit margins. Gain your competitive edge in this ever-changing market with the Fastmarkets Battery Recycling Outlook.

The Fastmarkets Battery Recycling Outlook includes 10-year battery supply and black mass price forecasts to give material manufacturers, battery makers, automakers and battery recyclers the insights and forecasts to understand and leverage the increasing recycled supply.

Our key findings:

  • We expect total lithium battery demand to increase six-fold over the next ten years
  • Transport is the main driver of growth, representing more than 80% of the market
  • We expect the lithium, nickel and cobalt markets to be in deficit in 2033, driving demand for recycled materials
  • End-of-life supply won’t become the main source of battery scrap until 2033
  • The black mass market is nascent and opaque, presenting an opportunity to develop a black mass price based on actual trades


Why choose Fastmarkets?

  • Fastmarkets has launched the first seaborne black mass price and the first price in Asia outside of China
  • We are uniquely positioned in the battery recycling and black mass market due to our trusted position as a battery metal pricing agency
  • We offer benchmark cobalt and lithium prices in both the physical and financial markets
  • Our team of 35 battery analysts and price reporters provide short- and long-term forecasts and prices for lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, graphite and copper

What’s inside this 100-page report?

  • Forecasts and outlooks for black mass and battery raw materials  
  • Assessment of technology and the major recyclers 
  • Intelligence on battery recycling capacity build-outs 
  • Predicted scrap vs manufactured volumes 
  • Insights on the usability of expected volumes 
  • Key ESG and supply chain qualification criteria
  • Economics of battery chemistries and technologies
  • Access to expert analysts

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Having dedicated reports, like the Battery Recycling Outlook, ensures we are providing the latest updates when it comes to Nth Cycle’s recycling technology and modernizing the supply chain. We recommend anyone looking for deeper intelligence and insights into battery materials subscribe to Fastmarkets.
Guillermo Espiga – VP, Head of Business Development at Nth Cycle

10-year battery raw materials price, supply and demand forecasts to help manufacturers, battery makers, automakers and battery recyclers understand and leverage the increasing supply of recycled materials

Black mass price launch

As of May 17, 2023, Fastmarkets now offers weekly payable indicators for black mass in South Korea, the first seaborne black mass prices globally

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Black mass webinar

Get expert insights into the exciting and rapidly-growing battery recycling sector in Asia. Access the recording of this webinar, which took place on May 30, 2023 at 08:00 BST/15:00 SGT

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