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Lithium battery anode material raw material origin and market trend

4,089 Published by BSLBATT Oct 10,2018

With the rapid development of renewable energy and electric vehicles, lithium and cobalt resources like oil and gas resources are becoming new geopolitical wrestling points.
So which countries, like the Middle East, have a near-monopoly on lithium and cobalt?

A major producer of lithium

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In 2017, the world produced 43,000 tons of metal lithium, including 18,700 tons in Australia, 14,100 tons in Chile and 5,500 tons in Argentina.


A major producer of cobalt

lithium battery major cobalt

Global production of cobalt in 2017 was 110,000 tons, including 64,000 tons in Congo, 5,600 tons in Russia and 5,000 tons in Australia.


The market price of lithium and cobalt

lithium battery cobalt market prices

The market price of lithium and cobalt is currently $21 / kg for lithium carbonate, 2.63 times that of early 2005 ($8 / kg).
Cobalt costs $43 a pound


Lithium battery raw material market doubles

lithium battery materials

The global lithium battery raw material market was 1.1 trillion yen ($10 billion) in 2015, and the market size is expected to reach 2.9 trillion yen ($26 billion) in 2021.

Source: international energy small data

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