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THE NTH DEGREE

In the last issue of the Benchmark Quarterly Review we covered the increasing use of high purity alumina (HPA) – characterised by purity levels such as 99.99% (4N) and 99.999% (5N) – in LEDs and its latest role as a separator material in lithium ion batteries. Here we speak to Read more

SCRAMBLE FOR LITHIUM

At the start of April 2019 Volkswagen and Ganfeng Lithium announced a landmark lithium supply, which is key to the auto giant’s electrification plans.

Volkswagen (VW) has taken a major step in securing the future of its bold electric vehicle (EV) production targets by locking in a long-term lithium supply … Read more

BATTERY METAL SOURCING TOPS AGENDA

BY RCS GLOBAL

While cobalt sourcing remains a critical risk, Vale’s dam disaster in January 2019 spurred a profound change in mining practices.

The launch of the RCS Global Group Responsible Commodities Monitor earlier this year coincided with major evolutions in responsible sourcing of raw materials and particularly battery metals. … Read more

THE ROAD TO ADOPTION

In this article, Adam Panayi, Managing Director of Rho Motion, analyses the obstacles to mass adoption of electric vehicles, current battery trends, and how increasing energy density will propel electric vehicles into the mainstream.

News of the electric vehicle (EV) revolution is everywhere, with government targets being set to reduce … Read more

TIPPING POINT

In March, Benchmark’s Simon Moores spoke at the Prospectors and Developers Association Conference (PDAC) in Toronto. Here, Paul Harris covers the key talking points of a panel discussion on the electrification revolution.

BY PAUL HARRIS

The price mechanism will find a way to combat mineral commodity scarcity and ensure materials … Read more

Lithium hard-rock dominance to extend beyond 2021

Lithium’s hard-rock expansions are set to continue beyond 2021 after Albemarle and Mineral Resources agreed a $1.15 billion deal in Q4 2018. The agreement will see Western Australia’s Mineral Resources sell a stake of its Wodgina project to Albemarle, establishing a 50/50 joint venture between the two companies. 

Under the … Read more

Lithium in 2019

2018 WAS A TURBULENT YEAR FOR THE LITHIUM INDUSTRY, WHICH WAS DEFINED BY FALLING CHINESE LITHIUM CARBONATE PRICES AND A SUBSEQUENT SOFTENING FROM THE Q1 HIGHS FOR REST OF THE WORLD (ROW) PRICES. 

IT WAS A YEAR WHERE LITHIUM HYDROXIDE WAS PUT FIRMLY ON THE AGENDA OF LITHIUM MAJORS, AND … Read more