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Lithium Basis Price range Date Price change Market pressure
Carbonate 99.5% min. Battery grade EXW China SUBSCRIBE
Carbonate 99.5% min. Battery grade CIF Japan & Korea SUBSCRIBE
Carbonate 99.5% min. Battery grade EXW EU SUBSCRIBE
Carbonate 99.5% min. Battery grade EXW US SUBSCRIBE
Hydroxide Monohydrate 56.5% min. EXW China SUBSCRIBE
Hydroxide Monohydrate 56.5% min. CIF Japan/Korea SUBSCRIBE
Hydroxide Monohydrate 56.5% min. EXW EU SUBSCRIBE
Hydroxide Monohydrate 56.5% min. EXW US SUBSCRIBE
Metal 99.0 % min. EXW China SUBSCRIBE





The image presented to foreign players in lithium sector, regarding economic, political and social environment in the South American Lithium Triangle is usually very simplified. It paints a picture of stable and growing Chile, Argentina getting back on track with its technocratic leader and regional enfant terrible Bolivia with its populistic – and hence by definition labelled as business unfriendly policies. More detailed analysis of socio-economic and political situation in these countries rarely reaches lithium industry decision makers and analysts. The Chinese quest for dominance in lithium and battery sector best reflected by a series of bold acquisitions and investment, concluded or attempted is also rarely discussed in a wider geopolitical context of changing US foreign policy, particularly in relation to Latin America and in context of frantic attempts to regain a level playing field by large Korean and Japanese corporations. We aim to fill-in this gap and re-examine some of those commonly hold perception and believes by taking a more macro view and providing a reader with better understanding of local realities.


Chile’s flawed image of stable democracy

Since it’s embrace of democracy in 1990 Chile became a model of development – politically and economically for its South American peers. Yet with rising inequalities, as illustrated by growing Gini index (Chile outranks Nigeria and is in top 25 of most unequal economies) and wide disenchantment with politics embodied by falling voting turnout rates (In 1989, 86 percent of voters cast a ballot. In last election only 46 percent did, with decline in turnout especially among poorer parts of society – who traditionally were more likely to vote left). Chile’s image has been tarnished. Future also remains uncertain. On one hand we have a right-wing president, detached from liberal society being in favor of extended abortion rights, stricter environmental protection measures and rights for sexual minorities. On the other, leftist government promising to curb corruption in which elites drawing its power from the time of Pinochet have been involved – failing to deliver while the left’s leader family member gets entangled in land dealing scandals.

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Ben from Saltworks Technologies, has a rare gift to infect you with enthusiasm and curiosity, while explaining an arcane lithium processing technology, and simultaneously addressing topics as diverse as environmental impact, quality of lithium resources around the world, oil & gas brines fit for lithium production and innovations for more efficient lithium extraction process from salars.



Lithium Today: You mainly work with most important commodity, we have – water.

Ben Sparrow (CEO, Saltworks Technologies): Yes, well said.

LT: So I am interested, how you moved from waste water treatment to extracting lithium.

Ben: Ok, so we don’t do wastewater treatment, we do advanced desalination, meaning we are moving ions from water and concentrating salt water to extreme concentrations, since a lot of lithium mining really is water mining. As you and your readers know, lithium is often dissolved from water and the name of the game is concentrating it as cost effectively as possible and then selectively crystalizing out lithium carbonate. So it’s just a very natural fit for what we do, it’s a same sort of competencies.
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Among discussed topics you will find:


  • Production process
  • Key players
  • Lithium trading
  • Grades traded
  • Geopolitical influences
  • Main categories of lithium consumers
  • Regulations impacting lithium market
  • Further sources of information
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Across the globe, lithium can be found mainly in pegmatite type deposits and brine deposits, with brine resources accounting for a large part of the resources. 

Deposits discussed here cover deposits not discussed in the Lithium supply by countries section. They are either not in production, or Lithium from this deposits is produced in small quantities or as in case of U.S., the data regarding the production levels is not publicly available. This part covers Canada, U.S., Russia, Finland, Czech Republic, Serbia and Mali.

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Portugal has had a difficult mining history with labour and unions and suffers from the high price of the Euro but may prove to be a beneficial destination for lithium production from a European perspective. Close proximity to European automotive manufacturers will give desirable supply for product which has traditionally been sold for glass & ceramics. 

Find out if existing operations and projects under development give hope for EU Lithium independence.

The Bikita mine is one of the largest lithium mines in Zimbabwe. The mine is located in southern part of the country in Masvingo Province, known for its natural beauty.  Bikita mine is run by Bikita Minerals, Zimbabwe’s largest Lithium producer. In 2017 according to sources Bikita Minerals spend around USD 7 millions on equipment upgrade and further geological expansion.

Learn about existing and prospective operations in the reviving Zimbabwean economy. 

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