Speaking with INN at the Lithium Supply & Markets Conference, Adams also talked about the lithium price, EV uptake and battery technology.
According to William Adams, head of base metals and battery research at Fastmarkets, a recent deal between Fastmarkets and the London Metal Exchange (LME) to provide a reference price for a new lithium contract will help smooth the flow of lithium down the supply chain.
“It is going to be a challenge because lithium is a chemical and not a commodity, although there are aspects of it which are a commodity — I think there will be the opportunity to find a benchmark or a proxy price, and then the different types of lithium will be traded at a premium or a discount to that,” said Adams on the sidelines of the show.
“But I think it will take a lot of consultation with the industry and with us and the LME. That will take some time to do.”
The key driver for the need for a lithium contract, said Adams, is electric vehicles (EVs).
“By the time EVs become mainstream, the demand growth is going to be so strong that we’re going to need an awful lot of new production coming on, and anything that can help facilitate that I think is going to be a big positive.”
He said that at Fastmarkets, EV momentum is expected to be very strong, with EV uptake projected to be on average 35 percent year-on-year from now to 2025.
“Last year EV sales increased by 64 percent,” added Adams, “so well above that.”
In the wide-ranging interview, Adams also commented on the rush on securing lithium supply around the world in response to China and Asia’s current domination of that space, and the price difference between hydroxide and carbonate lithium.
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