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Global and China Lithium Carbonate Industry Report, 2011-2012

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Published Date » 2012-07-01
No. Of Pages » 109

After 2010, lithium carbonate industry gradually recovered from the impact of global financial crisis and entered a new stage of rapid development. Global demand for lithium carbonate reached 135 kilotons in 2011, a YoY rise of 33.5%. Among lithium carbonate products, battery-grade lithium carbonate becomes a hot investment product in the industry with the fastest growth rate in demand.

In 2011, global lithium carbonate supply still remained under the control of three giants SQM, FMC and Chemetall (Rockwood Lithium) in the industry; however, they saw limited growth rate in lithium carbonate output; and there was a supply gap of 11 kilotons in global lithium carbonate market. Under such background, more and more new entrants (dominated by lithium ore enterprises) got involved in lithium carbonate industry. Being advantageous in raw material cost due to abundant lithium ore resources and being optimistic about the development prospect of lithium battery industry in the future as well as relatively low cost superiority in the production of battery-grade lithium carbonate from lithium based on ore extraction, the enterprises started to build lithium carbonate production capacity; and their products were dominated by battery-grade lithium carbonate.

In the same period, Chinese lithium carbonate market also saw robust demand; particularly, the increased demand on lithium battery in China stimulated the ever rising demand for lithium carbonate after the rectification of lead-acid battery industry. Among Chinas lithium carbonate producers, brine-based lithium extracting enterprises were fatigue to release production capacity under the impact of weather, technology and production halt for overhaul etc. Affected by this, Chinese lithium carbonate market is in tight supply, and the supply gap hit 3 kilotons throughout 2011. The tight supply of lithium carbonate in China is expected to be eased in 2012 under the influence that ore-based lithium extracting enterprises gradually expanded their production capacity; particularly, Zhangjiagang project of Galaxy Resources was gradually put into production.

At present, lithium ores of Chinas ore-based lithium extracting enterprises are mainly imported from Australia. They are highly dependent on imported ores owing to scarce ore resources. Australian mining enterprises like Talison have started to set foot in lithium carbonate business in recent years, and its ores are mainly supplied to self-owned lithium carbonate producers. In the long term, it will influence the raw material supply of Chinas ore-based lithium extractors so as to depress Chinas lithium carbonate output.

Besides the development of global and Chinese lithium carbonate industries, this report also focuses on the development of lithium carbonate businesses in 10 foreign companies like SQM, FMC, Rockwood, WLC Sentient, Simbol, Orocobre, Nordic Mining, Talison Lithium and Galaxy etc. and 13 Chinese counterparts such as Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Industries Inc., Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd., CITIC Guoan Group and Tibet Mineral Development Co., Ltd. etc.

As the largest brine-based lithium extracting enterprise in China, CITIC Guoan Groups actual lithium carbonate production capacity has been far below than the designed capacity all the time owing to technical limitation. In 2011, CITIC Guoan Group saw decline in both brine yield and raw ore output affected by the floodwaters in the previous two years; coupled with the production halt for overhaul, its lithium carbonate output increased slightly and continued to maintain about 5 kilotons.

Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Industries Inc. is the biggest ore-based lithium extractor at home. Its lithium carbonate production capacity reached 8 kilotons (up 45.5% YoY) in 2011 as the newly-built lithium carbonate project was completed and put into production. The companys total output and sales volume of lithium carbonate registered 7,957.93 tons and 8,731.62 tons respectively throughout 2011, with the YoY growth rates of 38.7% and 58.1% separately.

As the largest metallic lithium provider in the world, the lithium carbonate business of Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd has witnessed rapid development in recent years, with the annual production capacity increasing from 500 tons in 2008 to 3,000 tons in 2011.
Table of Content

1 Overview of lithium carbonate Industry
1.1 Definition of Lithium
1.2 Applications and Product Types of Lithium Carbonate
1.3 Lithium Carbonate Industry Chain
1.4 Lithium Carbonate Technologies

2 Development of Global Lithium Carbonate Industry
2.1 Distribution of Lithium Resources
2.2 Supply
2.3 Demand
2.4 Market Pattern
Summary

3 Development of China Lithium Carbonate Industry

3.1 Distribution of Lithium Resources
3.2 Production
3.3 Demand
3.3.1 Apparent Consumption
3.3.2 Major Growth Points
3.4 Industry Development
3.5 Production of Manufacturers
Summary

4 Import and Export of Lithium Carbonate In China
4.1 Import
4.2 Export
4.3 Import & Export Distribution
Summary

5 Casts and Prices of Lithium Carbonate

5.1 Coats of Lithium Carbonate
5.5.1 Extraction from Ore
5.5.2 Extraction from Salt Lake Brine
5.2 Price Trend of Lithium Carbonate
Summary

6 Lithium Battery Industry Development

6.1 Status Quo
6.2 Lithium Battery Materials
6.2.1 Lithium Cobalt Dioxide
6.2.2 Lithium Manganese Dioxide
6.2.3 Complex Lithium Cobalt Nickel Oxide
6.2.4 Lithium Iron Phosphate
6.3 Production Process of Li-ion Battery
6.3.1 Wet Process
6.3.2 One-way Stretching Dry Process
6.3.3 Two-way Stretching Dry Process
6.4 Key Li-ion Battery Types
6.4.1 Liquid Electrolyte Lithium-ion Battery
6.4.2 Polymer Lithium-ion Battery
6.4.3 Li-ion Battery in the Future Lithium Metal Rechargeable Battery
6.5 Application of Lithium Battery in New Energy Automobiles
6.5.1 Necessity of New Energy Automobiles Development
6.5.2 Status Quo of Applications
6.5.3 Potential of Lithium-ion Battery as Automobile Power
6.5.4 Chinas Advantages in Developing Lithium-ion Battery
6.5.5 Development Trends of Hybrid Electric Vehicle in China
6.6 Global Lithium-ion Battery Development Trends
Summary

7 Key Enterprises Worldwide
7.1 SQM
7.1.1 Profile
7.1.2 Production
7.1.3 Operation
7.1.4 Revenue Structure
7.1.5 Development Prospect
7.2 FMC
7.2.1 Profile
7.2.2 Operation
7.2.3 Lithium Carbonate Business
7.3 Rockwood Lithium
7.3.1 Profile
7.3.2 Operation
7.3.3 Lithium Carbonate Business
7.4 Western Lithium
7.4.1 Profile
7.4.2 Lithium Carbonate Business
7.5 Talison Lithium
7.5.1 Profile
7.5.2 Operation
7.5.3 Lithium Carbonate Projects
7.6 Nordic Mining
7.6.1 Profile
7.6.2 Operation
7.6.3Lithium Carbonate Business
7.7 Galaxy Resources
7.7.1 Profile
7.7.2 Lithium Carbonate Business
7.8 Sentient
7.8.1 Profile
7.8.2 Operation
7.9 Orocobre
7.9.1 Profile
7.9.2 Operation
7.10 Simbol mining
7.10.1 Profile
7.10.2 Lithium Carbonate Business
Summary

8 Key Enterprises In China
8.1 CITIC Guoan Information Industry Co., Ltd
8.1.1 Profile
8.1.2 Operation
8.1.3 Lithium Carbonate Business
8.2 Tibet Mineral Development Co., Ltd
8.2.1 Profile
8.2.2 Operation
8.2.3 Lithium Carbonate Business
8.2.4 Lithium Carbonate Projects
8.3 Qinghai Salt Lake Industry (Group) Co., Ltd
8.3.1 Profile
8.3.2 Operation
8.3.3 Lithium Carbonate Business
8.4 Western Mining Co., Ltd
8.4.1 Profile
8.4.2 Operation
8.4.3Lithium Carbonate Business
8.5 Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Industries, Inc.
8.5.1 Profile
8.5.2 Operation
8.5.3 Revenue Structure
8.5.4 Gross Margin
8.5.5 Resource Reserves
8.5.6 Production and Marketing
8.5.7 R&D
8.5.7 Key Projects
8.5.8 Suppliers and Customers
8.6 Foshan Electrical and Lighting Co., Ltd
8.6.1 Profile
8.6.2 Operation
8.6.3 Lithium Carbonate Business
8.7 Sichuan Western Resources Holding Co., Ltd
8.7.1 Profile
8.7.2 Operation
8.7.3 Lithium Carbonate Business
8.8 Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd
8.8.1 Profile
8.8.2 Operation
8.8.3 Revenue Structure
8.8.4 Gross Margin
8.8.5 Capacity Expansion
8.9 Others
8.9.1 Xinjiang Lithium Salt Plant
8.9.2 Sichuan N&Co Guorun New Materials Co., Ltd
8.9.3 Sichuan JiXiang Lithium Technology Corporation Limited
8.9.4 ABA Guangsheng Lithium Co., Ltd
8.9.5 Shanghai China Lithium Industrial Co.,Ltd
Summary

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