World Lithium

 Published On: Sep, 2015 |    No of Pages: 308 |  Published By: Freedonia | Format: PDF
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World demand to rise 8.8% annually through 2019
Worldwide demand for lithium metal is projected to grow 8.8 percent annually through 2019 to 50,500 metric tons. Torrid advances in the rechargeable battery market will underpin increases, driven by rapidly expanding use of Li-Ion batteries in hybrid and electric vehicles, energy storage systems, and high-drain portable electronics. Heightened production of primary lithium batteries will also contribute to overall market gains, as improving incomes in emerging economies stimulate purchases of better performing batteries. Other major markets for lithium -- including glass and ceramics, lubricating grease, and metallurgy -- are forecast to post relatively moderate annual gains through 2019. The lubricating grease segment will boast the best performance of these markets, spurred by the production of lithium-based greases for use in industrial and transportation equipment. Demand for lithium will also increase at a strong pace in the smaller aluminum alloy market, where lithium is utilized to reduce weight and improve the strength of alloys.

Dominant China market to post fastest annual growth
China dominates the world lithium market, accounting for over one-third of global demand in 2014. The country’s massive output of goods manufactured with lithium -- including batteries, glass, grease, air conditioning equipment, and synthetic rubber -- stimulates intensive lithium consumption. China is expected to register the strongest yearly increases in lithium demand of any major market through 2019, boosted by nearly threefold expansion in the local rechargeable battery segment. Other major suppliers of Li-Ion batteries, including South Korea and Japan, are also projected to register robust increases in lithium demand through 2019. Strong market gains in India will be driven by ongoing expansion in the country’s manufacturing sector, including in the ceramics, glass, machinery, and metal casting industries.

North America to grow fastest among other regions
Among other regions, North America is projected to exhibit the most rapid gains in lithium demand, buoyed by strong growth in the production of Li-Ion batteries in the US, led by Tesla Motors’ planned “gigafactory”). Li-Ion battery production is also forecast to expand in Europe, especially in Germany, spurring further lithium consumption.

New projects & technologies to boost long term production
Brines (largely in Chile, Argentina, China, and the US) accounted for just over half of total lithium production in 2014. Australia produced nearly all of the world’s supply of lithium minerals, with China, Zimbabwe, and Brazil extracting smaller volumes. As lithium demand rises due to rapid growth in Li-Ion battery demand worldwide, potential profits from lithium extraction will increasingly outweigh costs associated with the development of new projects. Exploitation of new resources in countries such as Argentina, Australia, and Canada, combined with innovative technologies to more efficiently extract lithium from brines and clays, should help prevent a long term crimp on supply.

Study coverage
Details on these and other findings are contained in this Freedonia industry study, World Lithium. It presents historical demand data (2004, 2009, 2014) plus forecasts (2019, 2024) in metric tons of lithium metal content by product (e.g., lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide) and by market (e.g., glass and ceramics, lubricating grease, metallurgy, primary batteries, secondary batteries) for six world regions and 19 major countries. The study also considers key market environment factors, assesses the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles industry players including FMC, SQM and Rockwood Lithium (Albemarle)
INTRODUCTION

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

MARKET ENVIRONMENT
General
World Economic Overview
Recent Historical Trends
World Economic Outlook
World Demographic Outlook
World Manufacturing Outlook
World Batteries Outlook
Primary Batteries
Rechargeable Batteries
World Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Outlook
World Flat Glass Outlook
International Trade
Pricing Trends
Environmental & Regulatory Considerations

MINE PRODUCTION & PROCESSING
General
Lithium Production by Resource
Brine
Mineral Ore
Other Resources
Identified Resources by Country
Production by Country
Lithium Projects & Future Supply

DEMAND OVERVIEW
General
Demand by Region
Demand by Product
Lithium Carbonate
Lithium Hydroxide
Mineral Concentrates
Other Lithium Products
Demand by Market
Batteries
Primary Batteries
Rechargeable Batteries
Glass & Ceramics
Lubricating Grease
Metallurgy
Other Markets

NORTH AMERICA
Economic Overview
Lithium Supply & Demand
Lithium Markets
United States
Canada
Mexico

WESTERN EUROPE
Economic Overview
Lithium Supply & Demand
Lithium Markets
Germany
France
Italy
United Kingdom
Spain
Other Western Europe

ASIA/PACIFIC
Economic Overview
Lithium Supply & Demand
Lithium Markets
China
Japan
South Korea
India
Taiwan
Indonesia
Australia
Other Asia/Pacific

OTHER REGIONS
Central & South America
Economic Overview
Lithium Supply & Demand
Lithium Markets
Brazil
Other Central & South America
Eastern Europe
Economic Overview
Lithium Supply & Demand
Lithium Markets
Russia
Poland
Other Eastern Europe
Africa/Mideast
Economic Overview
Lithium Supply & Demand
Lithium Markets
Turkey
Other Africa/Mideast

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
General
Market Composition
Market Share
Marketing & Distribution
Acquisitions & Divestitures
Cooperative Agreements
Company Profiles
Albemarle Corporation
Axiom Chemicals Private Limited
Bacanora Minerals Limited
Baiyin Zhabuye Lithium Industry, see Tibet Mineral Development
BASF SE
Chengdu Tianqi Group Company Limited
CITIC Group Corporation
Critical Elements Corporation
FMC Corporation
Galaxy Resources Limited
International Lithium Corporation
Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Company Limited
Johnson Matthey plc
JSC TVEL Fuel Company
Keliber, see Nordic Mining
Leverton Clarke Limited
Lithium Americas, see Western Lithium USA
Lithium Australia NL
Mahidhara Chemicals Private Limited
Nemaska Lithium Incorporated
Neogen Chemicals Limited
Neometals Limited
Nippon Denko Company Limited
Nordic Mining ASA
Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant PJSC, see JSC TVEL Fuel
Orocobre Limited
Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Company Limited
RB Energy Incorporated
Reed Industrial Minerals Proprietary, see Neometals
Rockwood Lithium, see Albemarle
Sales de Jujuy, see Orocobre
Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Industries, see Chengdu Tianqi Group
Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group Company Limited
Simbol Incorporated
Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile SA
State Lithium, see Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group
Stella Chemifa Corporation
Talison Lithium Proprietary, see Albemarle and Chengdu Tianqi Industry Group
Tibet Mineral Development Company Limited
Tibet Zabuye High-Tech Lithium Industry, see Tibet Mineral Development
Toda Kogyo Corporation
Umicore SA/NV
Western Lithium USA Corporation
Other Companies Mentioned in Study

List of Tables

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table

MARKET ENVIRONMENT
World Gross Domestic Product by Region
World Population by Region
World Manufacturing Value Added by Region
World Battery Shipments by Type & Region
World Primary Battery Shipments by Region
World Rechargeable Battery Shipments by Region
World Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Production by Typ & Region
World Flat Glass Production by Region

MINE PRODUCTION & PROCESSING
Lithium Production by Resource
World Identified Lithium Resources by Country
World Lithium Production by Country
Selected Lithium Projects in Development, 2014

DEMAND OVERVIEW
World Lithium Demand by Region
World Lithium Demand by Product
World Lithium Carbonate Demand by Region
World Lithium Hydroxide Demand by Region
World Lithium Mineral Concentrates Demand by Region
World Demand for Other Lithium Products by Type & Region
World Lithium Demand by Market
World Battery Market for Lithium by Application & Region
World Primary Battery Market for Lithium by Region
World Rechargeable Battery Market for Lithium b Application & Region
World Glass & Ceramics Market for Lithium by Application & Region
World Lubricating Grease Market for Lithium by Region
World Metallurgy Market for Lithium by Applicatio & Region
Other World Markets for Lithium by Application & Region

NORTH AMERICA
North America: Lithium Demand by Product
North America: Lithium Demand by Market
United States: Lithium Demand by Product
United States: Lithium Demand by Market
Canada: Lithium Demand by Product
Canada: Lithium Demand by Market
Mexico: Lithium Demand by Product
Mexico: Lithium Demand by Market

WESTERN EUROPE
Western Europe: Lithium Demand by Product
Western Europe: Lithium Demand by Market
Germany: Lithium Demand by Product
Germany: Lithium Demand by Market
France: Lithium Demand by Product
France: Lithium Demand by Market
Italy: Lithium Demand by Product
Italy: Lithium Demand by Market
United Kingdom: Lithium Demand by Product
United Kingdom: Lithium Demand by Market
Spain: Lithium Demand by Product
Spain: Lithium Demand by Market
Other Western Europe: Lithium Demand by Product
Other Western Europe: Lithium Demand by Market

ASIA/PACIFIC
Asia/Pacific: Lithium Demand by Product
Asia/Pacific: Lithium Demand by Market
China: Lithium Demand by Product
China: Lithium Demand by Market
Japan: Lithium Demand by Product
Japan: Lithium Demand by Market
South Korea: Lithium Demand by Product
South Korea: Lithium Demand by Market
India: Lithium Demand by Product
India: Lithium Demand by Market
Taiwan: Lithium Demand by Product
Taiwan: Lithium Demand by Market
Indonesia: Lithium Demand by Product
Indonesia: Lithium Demand by Market
Australia: Lithium Demand by Product
Australia: Lithium Demand by Market
Other Asia/Pacific: Lithium Demand by Product
Other Asia/Pacific: Lithium Demand by Market

OTHER REGIONS
Central & South America: Lithium Demand by Product
Central & South America: Lithium Demand by Market
Brazil: Lithium Demand by Product
Brazil: Lithium Demand by Market
Other Central & South America: Lithium Demand by Product
Other Central & South America: Lithium Demand by Market
Eastern Europe: Lithium Demand by Product
Eastern Europe: Lithium Demand by Market
Russia: Lithium Demand by Product
Russia: Lithium Demand by Market
Poland: Lithium Demand by Product
Poland: Lithium Demand by Market
Other Eastern Europe: Lithium Demand by Product
Other Eastern Europe: Lithium Demand by Market
Africa/Mideast: Lithium Demand by Product
Africa/Mideast: Lithium Demand by Market
Turkey: Lithium Demand by Product
Turkey: Lithium Demand by Market
Other Africa/Mideast: Lithium Demand by Product
Other Africa/Mideast: Lithium Demand by Market

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
Primary Lithium Production by Company, 2014
Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures
Selected Cooperative Agreements

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