Tech-tonic shift means lithium’s price surge is set to continue

Lithium’s price performance highlights the material’s unique standing in a world of commodity crashes, but supply side structure remains a potential obstacle to growth

The price of lithium carbonate and hydroxide continued to rise through the fourth quarter of the year sparking fears from buyers that the industry is to remain in shortage for some time.

Lithium carbonate rose to $8,000/ tonne, a 23% increase year-on-year, while lithium hydroxide went even higher to $10,000/tonne, a 25% increase over the same period.

Strong lithium-ion battery demand in Asia has seen prices . . .

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