Global Lithium Market - Segmented by Type, Application, End-user Industry, and Geography - Growth, Trends and Forecast (2018 - 2023)

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  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • 135 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence
until Mar 31st 2019
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  • Albemarle Corporation
  • Altura Mining Limited
  • Galaxy Resources Limited
  • Lithium Americas
  • Nemaska Lithium
  • Neometals Ltd
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The global lithium market is expected to register a CAGR of 9.33% during the forecast period, 2018 to 2023. Asia-Pacific region is estimated to lead the market, owing to its rapid increase in production of electrical vehicles and consumer electronics. Battery segment is expected to be the fastest growing by application.

Accelerating Demand for Electric Vehicles

Lithium-ion batteries comprise of a family of battery chemistries, which combine a variety of anode and cathode combinations, to offer distinctive performance, cost, and other parameters. The growing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is driven by the rising concerns for the environment, as these vehicles help reduce carbon emission levels. Governments across the globe are implementing stringent emission norms, to control and reduce carbon emissions. Lithium is used in high-energy density rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, employed to power the batteries in full-electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid vehicles (EVs, PHEVs, and HEVs). Due to developments in EV technology, concerns over growing CO2 pollution, and increasing fuel costs from combustion engines, lithium has been put into extensive use in EV batteries. Lithium’s combination of low mass and high electrochemical potential makes it perfect for EV battery usage. Registrations of electric cars hit a new record in 2016, with sales of over 750,000 units worldwide. China was the largest electric car market in 2016, with a share of 45%. Around 336,000 new electric cars were registered in China. Electric car sales in China were more than double the sales in the United States in 2016.

Battery - The Fastest Growing End-user Industry

The battery application segment of the global lithium market was the largest application segment, in terms of both volume and revenue, having surpassed the glass-ceramic segment (the largest application segment till 2014), over the past two years. Lithium batteries can be categorized into two segments, namely, disposable, and rechargeable. Disposable lithium batteries use lithium in the metallic form, as an anode. These batteries have long life (high charge density) compared to other standard batteries. These batteries find application in critical devices with long life, such as pacemakers and other electronic medical devices, which are implanted for many years. Lithium-ion batteries are employed in several applications, including telecommunication devices and consumer electronics. The lightweight characteristics of lithium-ion batteries, along with high energy density and rechargeability, makes them a good fit for portable electronics. Because of its energy density and lack of ‘memory effect,’ lithium-ion and lithium polymer rechargeable batteries are the most efficient power source for mobile telephones, laptops, and other electronic portable devices. The growing usage of batteries can be attributed to the demand from markets, such as electric vehicles (EVs), cell phones, laptops, tablets, power tools, video games, toys, e-bikes, and other electronic devices.

Asia-Pacific Region to Lead the Market

China constitutes of around 26% of the global lithium reserves, estimated at a value of 26.52 Mt in 2015. China accounts for 10% of the global lithium production capacity accounting for 18 kt, in 2015. Abundant availability of resources such as brine, spodumene, and other lithium deposits, accounting for around 11% of the global resources has 30.03 Mt LCE. The Mt. Marion project and the Mt. Cattlin project are both located in Western Australia, and have design capacity of 27ktpa and 13ktpa, respectively. These two projects are set to lead to a 67% increase in spodumene concentrate imports into China lifting the average utilization rate of Chinese conversion plants to over 90%. Japan is one of the prominent regions for the lithium battery market, along with China and Korea; they occupy a 96% market share in terms of battery capacity shipments. Australia accounts for almost 33% of the global lithium supply and is the main point of growth on regional basis in this market. However, Australia only constitutes 5% of the global lithium reserves.

Notable Developments in the Market

July 2017: SQM announced that the JV between SQM and Kidman Resources, will consolidate the three complementary lithium production plants worldwide - the Salar de Atacama in Chile, the Salar de Caucharí in Argentina, and the Mount Holland Spodumene deposit in Australia

Major Players: Albemarle, SQM, FMC Corporation, Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Industries Inc. and Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd, amongst others.

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  • Nemaska Lithium
  • Neometals Ltd
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1. Introduction
1.1 Research Phases
1.2 Scope of the Market
1.3 Study Deliverables

2. Executive Summary

3. Market Insights
3.1 Industry Value Chain Analysis
3.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
3.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.2.5 Degree of Competition
3.3 Price Trends

4. Market Dynamics
4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Accelerating Demand for Electric Vehicles
4.1.2 Increasing Usage and Demand by Portable Consumer Electronics (Batteries)
4.1.3 Rising Demand from Glass-making Industry
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Demand Supply Gap in the Lithium Market
4.2.2 Floundering Lithium Producing Start-ups
4.3 Opportunities
4.3.1 Growing Adoption in Smart Grid Electricity
4.3.2 Aerospace & Defense Sector: Blue Ocean Market

5. Market Segmentation and Analysis (Market Size, Growth, and Forecast)
5.1 By Type
5.1.1 Metal
5.1.2 Compound
5.1.3 Alloy
5.2 By Application
5.2.1 Battery
5.2.2 Lubricant
5.2.3 Aluminum Smelting & Alloy
5.2.4 Air Treatment
5.2.5 Medical
5.2.6 Glass and Ceramics
5.2.7 Metallurgy (Iron & Steel Castings)
5.2.8 Polymer
5.2.9 Other Applications
5.3 By End-user Industry
5.3.1 Industrial
5.3.2 Consumer Electronics
5.3.3 Electric Vehicle
5.3.4 Energy Storage (and E-bikes)
5.3.5 Medical

6. Regional Market Analysis
6.1 Asia-Pacific
6.1.1 China
6.1.2 India
6.1.3 Japan
6.1.4 South Korea
6.1.5 Australia & New Zealand
6.1.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific
6.2 North America
6.2.1 United States
6.2.2 Canada
6.2.3 Mexico
6.2.4 Rest of North America
6.3 Europe
6.3.1 Germany
6.3.2 United Kingdom
6.3.3 Italy
6.3.4 France
6.3.5 Spain
6.3.6 Russia
6.3.7 Rest of Europe
6.4 South America
6.4.1 Brazil
6.4.2 Argentina
6.4.3 Rest of South America
6.5 Middle East & Africa
6.5.1 Saudi Arabia
6.5.2 South Africa
6.5.3 Rest of Middle East & Africa

7. Competitive Landscape
7.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
7.2 Market Share Analysis**
7.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

8. Company Profiles (Overview, Financials**, Products & Services, and Recent Developments)
8.1 Albemarle Corporation
8.2 Altura Mining Limited
8.3 Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.
8.4 Critical Elements Corporation
8.5 FMC Corporation (FMC Lithium)
8.6 Galaxy Resources Limited
8.7 Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd
8.8 Lithium Americas
8.9 Nemaska Lithium
8.10 Neometals Ltd
8.11 Novo Lítio Ltd
8.12 Orocobre Limited
8.13 Sayona Mining Limited
8.14 Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Industries Inc.
8.15 SQM (Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile SA)
*List Not Exhaustive

9. Disclaimer
**Subject to availability on public domain
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  • Albemarle Corporation
  • Altura Mining Limited
  • Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.
  • Critical Elements Corporation
  • FMC Corporation (FMC Lithium)
  • Galaxy Resources Limited
  • Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd
  • Lithium Americas
  • Nemaska Lithium
  • Neometals Ltd
  • Novo Lítio Ltd
  • Orocobre Limited
  • Sayona Mining Limited
  • Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Industries Inc.
  • SQM (Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile SA)
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