Top Lithium Producer Albemarle Optimistic on Future Demand

Top lithium producer Albemarle (NYSE:ALB) released its 2018 earning results on Wednesday (February 20), posting better-than-expected quarterly profits and forecasting continued growth in 2019. The company reported an 18-percent increase in lithium sales to US$ 341.6 million during the fourth quarter, supported by higher prices and volume. “Our 2018 performance and execution on our lithium […]

Livent Falls on Weaker Chinese Lithium Demand Outlook

Shares of lithium producer Livent (NYSE:LTHM) fell more than 6 percent on Tuesday (February 12) after the company said it forecasts weaker Chinese lithium demand during 2019. The Philadelphia-based company said the results of year-end negotiations with customers outside of China for 2019 were in-line with expectations, with the majority of these customers committed to […]

US Senate Hears Battery Materials Analyst Discuss Supply And Demand Concerns For Electric Vehicle Market Which Spawns 70 New Battery Mega Factories

Lomiko Metals Inc. (TSXV:LMR, LMRMF, FSE: DH8C, (ISIN: CA54163Q1028) (WKN: A0Q9W7) (LEI: 529900GJP51V4HR9MN94) (“Lomiko”)  is tracking supply and demand news regarding the Lithium-ion Battery Industry (video interview).  Simon Moores of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence raised supply and demand concerns in a submission to the US Senate February 4, 2019, which echoes the concerns of Energy and Natural Resource […]

Cobalt Demand to Rise 4 Times Despite Potential EV Battery Changes

As the energy storage revolution continues to pick up pace, cobalt demand is set to rise four times by 2028, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Managing Director Simon Moores told the US Senate on Tuesday (February 5). “We are in the midst of a global battery arms race in which the US is presently a bystander,” Moores […]

5 Highlights from the World Gold Council’s 2018 Demand Trends Report

The World Gold Council’s (WGC) Gold Demand Trends report for full year 2018 has been released, and it shows annual global gold demand climbed 4 percent, with total demand coming in at 4,345.1 tonnes (t), up from 4,159.5t in 2017. This increase in demand was heavily supported by the highest central bank buying in 50 […]

VIDEO — Brian Leni: EV Demand is the Icing on Nickel’s Stainless Steel Cake

The current excitement around nickel has been driven by the electric vehicle market and how the metal is used in the burgeoning battery industry, but for a mineral that is mostly used up by stainless steel, the EV narrative can seem a little overblown. According to Brian Leni of Junior Stock Review, the focus on EV […]

Coal Outlook 2019: Demand to Remain Stable

This time last year, many expected coal prices to increase following a better-than-expected performance in 2017 — but instead coal prices had a volatile 2018. During the summer, supply concerns helped push prices higher, but the price uptick did not last long, with coal trending downward after August on the back of tougher Chinese environmental […]

The Cleantech Revolution Fuels Market Demand for Rare Earth Metals

The market demand for rare earth metals is seeing a huge boost. By most accounts, the green technology revolution is imminent and will be massive. We’re already seeing the early days of a shift away from fossil fuels and towards renewables with the rise of electric and hybrid vehicles and wind turbines increasingly popping up […]

Platinum Outlook 2019: Demand Decline to Dampen Prices

The price of platinum dropped almost 16 percent in 2018 and took a major back seat to its sister metal palladium over the course of the year. Since the precious metal is primarily used in catalytic converters for diesel-powered vehicles, the lack of demand for diesel-powered cars in Europe and China throughout 2018 weighed on […]

Alliance and Pharmagreen Estimate the Demand for Cannabis Clones to Exceed 200 Million Annually by 2020

Alliance Growers Corp. (CSE:ACG) (FSE:1LA) (WKN:A2DFYX) (OTCQB:ALGWF) (“Alliance Growers” or “the Company”) estimates that the demand for cannabis starts, or clones required by Medical Cannabis Licensed Growers, based on existing operations and considering their expansion plans, could exceed 200 million annually by 2020. Alliance Growers is pleased to announce amended payment terms with WFS Pharmagreen Inc. […]

Cobalt Forecast 2019: Execs Optimistic Cobalt Demand is Here to Stay

After a strong 2017, cobalt continued to make news headlines throughout 2018 as prices started to decline after the first quarter and the battle for the electric vehicle (EV) battery picked up pace. But what will happen to cobalt next year? To find out, the Investing News Network reached out to companies in the space […]

Rare Earths Outlook 2019: EV Production to Drive Demand

Of the 17 rare earth elements (REEs), some have proven rarer than others. Neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr), two metals instrumental to the rapidly expanding green energy and electric vehicle (EV) sectors, saw the greatest demand and price movement in 2018. Demand for the metals, which are used to make high-strength magnets for wind turbines and […]

Uranium Outlook 2019: Supply to Fall, Demand to Rise — Prices to Jump?

Uranium fared much better in 2018 than it did in 2017. Although prices started the year slowly, even experiencing a slight fall in January, they have grown steadily since March. The U3O8 spot price was at US$ 29.10 per pound as of November 26, up US$ 1.55 from October’s price of US$ 27.55, and up […]

Uranium Trends 2018: Supply Dwindles as Demand Surges

After starting 2018 on a low note, the U3O8 spot price has grown around 40 percent to reach US$ 28.95 per pound, where it sits today. As the year ends, the Investing News Network is looking back at the main uranium trends of 2018, including long-lasting production cuts from two of the largest uranium suppliers, government […]

Anthony Tse of Galaxy Resources: Lithium Demand Has Surprised to the Upside

At this year’s Cathodes event in Newport Beach, the Investing News Network sat down with Anthony Tse, managing director and CEO of Galaxy Resources (ASX:GXY), to get more insight on the lithium market and the company’s future. Speaking about the challenges in the lithium sector this year, Tse said that the concerns of a “tsunami […]

Shaun Verner of Syrah Resources: Graphite Production at Balama to Be Demand Driven

At this year’s Benchmark Minerals Week’s Graphite+Anodes conference in Newport Beach, the Investing News Network caught up with Shaun Verner, managing director and CEO of Syrah Resources (ASX:SYR), to talk about the state of the graphite market, future supply and more. Speaking about how the graphite market has performed this year, Verner said there’s been […]

Palladium Demand Soars on China’s Tougher Pollution Standards

As a global attempt to cut back on pollution is causing an increase in palladium demand, tight supplies are pushing the precious metal into a bull market with prices setting record highs. The metal, which is used in pollution-controlled devices, has not only climbed 9 percent in New York alone this year, but has been […]

Powering the Future: Growth in Uranium Demand

As the energy generation space faces ongoing change, the world is also seeing growth in uranium demand. Few, if any, other energy sources are as misunderstood as nuclear energy. Following the end of the second world war, nuclear was seen by many in the public and in the energy sector as the energy of the […]

Cobalt Companies Spurred by Battery Demand Revitalizing Ontario Silver Mines

The electric vehicle (EV) battery market is spurring growing demand in battery metals such as lithium, copper, graphite and cobalt. As cobalt is often found as a byproduct of silver production, cobalt companies in Ontario are turning to old, past-producing silver mines in the province. In a recent article on the town of Cobalt, Ontario […]

Anton Berlin of Nornickel: Nickel Demand for EV Batteries to Grow Significantly

At this year’s Cathodes event in Newport Beach, increased nickel content in lithium-ion batteries was a topic in many presentations. To get more insight on what’s ahead for the base metal, the Investing News Network sat down with Anton Berlin, marketing director of Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) (MCX:GMKN). Speaking about the role of nickel in batteries and […]

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5 Highlights of the World Gold Council’s Q3 Demand Trends Report

The World Gold Council’s (WGC) Gold Demand Trends report for Q3 2018 has been released, and it shows global gold demand was steady in the third quarter, with total demand coming in at 964.3 tonnes, up 6.2 tonnes year-on-year. This increase in demand was heavily supported by a 28-percent jump in bar and coin demand […]

Gianni Kovacevic: I Don’t Lose Sleep Over Copper Demand

Interview conducted by Priscila Barrera; article text by Scott Tibballs. Speaking with the Investing News Network at Mines and Money in Toronto, Gianni Kovacevic, executive chairman of Copperbank Resources (CSE:CBK), waved away the trade war and said he isn’t losing any sleep over copper because investors are “scrambling for copper metal.” Falling inventories are the indicator for […]

Global Lithium Supply: Future Demand for Lithium-ion Batteries Bodes Well for Chile

As the world continues a gradual transition towards electrification and mass application of battery storage in transportation, and even utility and manufacturing sectors, a slate of key metal markets have been impacted, including the global lithium supply. Lithium, along with copper, cobalt, graphite, vanadium, nickel, in various combinations, enables this transition to take place. Although […]

One Bank Says this is the Biggest Risk for Commodities Demand

Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index fell 0.7 percent month-on-month in July, drawn downward by “weakness in the metals sub-index.”   According to the firm, commodities prices have been pressured by two main factors: a drop in macro sentiment and a stronger US dollar. Base metals have taken the brunt of the damage, but other commodities have also […]

Orocobre Set to Meet Long-term Increase in Lithium Demand

Lithium producer Orocobre (ASX:ORE,TSX:ORE) released its full-year financial results on Tuesday (August 28), saying it was well positioned to meet the expected long-term increase in lithium demand. The Australia-based miner posted record sales price of US$ 12,578 per tonne free on board for lithium carbonate produced at its Olaroz facility in Argentina. The company said […]

Emblem is Ready to Meet the Demand of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Market

Emblem (TSXV:EMC, OTC:EMMBF) CEO Nick Dean was featured in a video interview with Midas Letter Live. In the interview, Dean was asked to outline the company’s recent partnership with GreenSpace Brands, a consumer packaged goods company focused on organic health and wellness products. Emblem will be launching a line of CBD-based health and wellness products […]

Fortescue’s Profits Down as Chinese Demand for High Grade Bites

Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG) has posted a 58-percent decline in net profit in the 2017/2018 financial year, with the figure coming in at US$ 878 million. In comparison, during the 2016/2017 financial year the miner posted a profit of over US$ 2 billion. In its full-year results, published on Monday (August 20), the company also reported […]

Future Demand for Batteries Bodes Well for Ontario Nickel

With Canadian pennies gone from circulation, a “nickel” for your thoughts will have to do. And nickel, along with lithium, copper, cobalt, graphite, vanadium and other minerals, is in everyone’s thoughts these days. Demand for all things electronic, like smartphones and EVs, is continuing to surge. But trade war headwinds are blowing. So far, China, the […]

5 Highlights of the World Gold Council’s Q2 Demand Trends Report

The World Gold Council’s (WGC) Gold Demand Trends report for Q2 2018 has been released, and it shows global gold demand fell 4 percent in the second quarter, with total demand coming in at 1,959.9 tonnes in H1, down from 2,086.5 tonnes this time last year. With demand experiencing the lowest first-half total since 2009, […]