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BTR leads the way as Chinese battery supply chain goes public

Chinese cathode and anode producer, BTR, this week listed on the National Equities Exchange as the company looked to raise capital to fund its latest expansions plans. In June, the company had announced its intentions to pursue an IPO to raise $204 million (RMB 1.4 billion) to fund the construction … Read more

Pilbara Minerals agrees new offtake agreement but challenging environment persists for spodumene producers

Amidst the ongoing global fallout from the coronavirus, Australia’s Pilbara Minerals have announced a five-year 75,000 tonnes per annum offtake agreement with Chinese Yibin Tianyi, a joint venture company backed by Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL).

The deal reflects Pilbara’s ongoing relationship with CATL, China’s only Tier One lithium ion battery … Read more


Cobalt is under siege as production targets are not met and prices continue to fall following a 65% y-o-y plummet in the battery metal price during the past 12 months 

In February ERG announced it would place its Boss Mining operation on care and maintenance and suspend the company’s Chambishi … Read more


An industry dominated by China sees Africa play an increasing role supplying natural flake graphite. How quickly can Africa displace China’s graphite lead?

After a successful Q1, Syrah Resources continues to lead the African graphite charge. 

Syrah beat its Q1 2019 guidance target of 45,000 tonnes of natural flake graphite … Read more


Manganese has typically been used in steel production but is a key ingredient in lithium ion battery cathode materials. Here, Dr Richard Flook explores the manganese market.

Manganese received its name from the Latin word "magnes" meaning "magnet", or "magnesia nigri" meaning "black magnesia" which referred to pyrolusite (MnO2). With … Read more