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Lithium Mining Market

Lithium Mining Market

Global Industry Analysis (2017 - 2020) - Growth Trends and Market Forecast (2021 - 2025)

Published Date: Apr 2021 | Format: | No. of Pages: 127

Industry: Metals & Mining | Author Name: Hrishikesh

Global Lithium Mining Market Thrives as Product Offers Superior Properties and Widening Applications

Lithium mining is the process of extracting lithium from numerous hard rocks and brines. Lithium from brines is known to be cost-effective owing to lower capital costs when compared to extraction of lithium from hard rock deposits. The lithium mining by products are potash or boron. A recent report by Fairfield Market Research predicts how the rising use of lithium in steel, batteries, lubricants, and aluminium products will create lucrative opportunities for the global lithium mining market during the forecast period. The global lithium mining market stood at US$ 829.73 Mn in 2019 and is expected to reach US$ 1,630.30 Mn by 2025, registering a CAGR of 26.3% from 2020 to 2025.

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The demand for lithium is attributable to thermal resistance, high standard performance, and unique lightweight properties it delivers. Its properties make it ideal for air regeneration applications such as safety devices, submarines & miners, and space vehicles to remove carbon dioxide. Lithium is used in air regeneration, dehumidification, and cooling applications. Hospitals, shopping malls, and other institutional facilities often set up absorption chillers as air conditioners, which is expected to fuel demand for lithium. Lithium chloride is also used as a dehumidifier for absorbing moisture. Thus, the upsurge in automotive demand for lithium-ion batteries coupled with other end-user industries demand for lithium is expected to boost the global lithium mining market in the next few years.

Lithium Mining Market Finds Monumental Scope as EV Battery Production Ramps Up

The COVID-19 resulted in slow sales of electric vehicles (EV). However, as the world learns to live with the virus, EV sales are projected to soar, giving lithium mining a boost. Lithium is used in the production of Li-ion batteries, which are also used in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate are the key compounds used for battery cathode production. Though the cost of hydroxide is higher than carbonate, the former will witness higher demand as it crucial to the development of efficient Lithium-ion batteries. Growing EV penetration across developed and developing parts of the world will force miners to keep up with the demand, fuelling growth of the global lithium mining market.

Efforts towards decarbonization are expected to create a higher interest in this metal. According to Fairfield Market Research report, prices of Lithium-ion battery dropped by 89% between 2010-2020. A sharp decline is expected to result in higher affordability of EVs, which will drive consumers to opt for these vehicles for improving commute by assuming a personal responsibility towards climate change. By 2030, EV sales are expected to double. By 2025, these vehicles will displace conventional passenger vehicles by 10%, creating a monumental chance for lithium mining activities to prove their mettle.

Questionable Sustainability of Lithium Mining Raises Eyebrows

Dubbed as ‘white gold’, lithium mining has its trappings. Lithium is an alkaline metal, found in compounds and in a highly reactive state. This makes its extraction water-intensive. For instance, about 500,000 gallons of water is required to produce one tonne of lithium. The issue is exacerbated by the risk of toxic chemicals leaking from evaporation pools that are used for extracting lithium from a muddy sludge that includes manganese, borax, and potassium, resulting in polluted local water supplies. Over the years, this has raised concerns about indigenous communities getting displaced due to water shortages and risking lives due to exposure to poor environment. Thus, the socio-economic issues related to mining lithium have resulted in a heated debate about its sustainability while the world scrambles to find alternatives to fossil fuels.

Australia Leads; Lithium Triangle Shows Excellent Promise

In 2019, the global lithium production stood at 77,000.0 metric tons. Of this, Australia constituted more than 50% share of global lithium production in 2019, as it has highly concentrated lithium deposits. The report suggests that Australia and China constituted more than 60% of the world’s lithium production in 2019. However, the Lithium Triangle, Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia hold remarkable potential to add to the global production during the forecast period. Considered to be the dry and arid zones, these countries have a serious water shortage, which is likely to make the extraction process far more complicated than in other parts of the world.

Meanwhile, North America is expected to be a consumer of lithium as the demand for lithium-ion batteries for EVs remains high. The demand in this part of the world will also be dictated by the growing sales of electronics.

Asia Pacific is also expected to hold the largest share in the global market since the adoption of light-weight metal in grease, glass, batteries, air conditioning equipment and others is rising in this region.

Change in National Policies and Mining Process to Revolutionize Market

The global lithium mining market is heavily influenced by political gambit and national strategies. For instance, Bolivia, home to the largest salt flat in the world is estimated to have 50% of the earth’s total lithium. However, the country’s decision to keep it a national natural resource and train its own population to have mining jobs is yet to see fruition. Similar case can be seen in Chile. The country got back the reins to its lithium reserves but lost them to Tianqi Lithium, a Chinese mining company, which now holds a 24% share in Sociedad Química y Minera (SQM). SQM is Chile’s biggest domestic lithium producer.

While EVs are expected to give the global lithium mining market a boost, the tremendous scope for improving mining processes can revolutionize the market. For instance, the use of direct lithium extraction could help mining companies in the Lithium Triangle regain a strong footing, while minimizing the environmental costs.

The key players operating in the global lithium mining market are Albemarle Corporation, SQM S.A., Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd., Tianqi Lithium, Mineral Resources, Lithium Americas Corp., Livent, and Orocobre Limited Pty Ltd.

The Global Lithium Mining Market is Segmented as Below:

By Source Coverage

  • Brine
  • Hard Rock
  • Others

By Type Coverage

  • Lithium Carbonate
  • Lithium Hydroxide

By End-use Coverage

  • Battery
  • Glass & Ceramics
  • Grease
  • Polymer
  • Flux Powder
  • Refrigeration
  • Others

By Geographical Coverage

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Poland
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Australia
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Chile
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Zimbabwe
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Leading Companies

  • Albemarle Corporation
  • SQM S.A.
  • Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd.
  • Tianqi Lithium
  • Mineral Resources
  • Lithium Americas Corp.
  • Livent
  • Orocobre Limited Pty Ltd
  • Ramboll Group

Inside This Report You Will Find:

1. Executive Summary
2. Market Overview
3. Price Trends Analysis and Future Projects, 2017 - 2025
4. Global Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025
5. North America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025
6. Europe Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025
7. Asia Pacific Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025
8. Latin America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025
9. Middle East & Africa Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025
10. Competitive Landscape
11. Appendix

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1. Executive Summary
     1.1. Global Lithium Mining Market Snapshot
     1.2. Future Projections
     1.3. Key Market Trends
     1.4. Analyst Recommendations

2. Market Overview
     2.1. Market Definitions and Segmentations
     2.2. Market Dynamics
          2.2.1. Drivers
          2.2.2. Restraints
          2.2.3. Market Opportunities
          2.2.4. Economic Trends
     2.3. Value Chain Analysis
     2.4. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
     2.5. Covid-19 Impact 
          2.5.1. Supply Chain
          2.5.2. End-user Customer Impact Analysis


3. Price Trends Analysis and Future Projects, 2017 - 2025

     3.1. Key Highlights
     3.2. Global Average Pricing ($ per Tons) Analysis, 2017 - 2025 
     3.3. Pricing Analysis ($ per Ton), by Region, 2017 - 2025


4. Global Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025

     4.1. Global Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Source, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          4.1.1. Key Highlights
               4.1.1.1. Brine
               4.1.1.2. Hard Rock
               4.1.1.3. Others
          4.1.2. BPS Analysis/Market Attractiveness Analysis, by Source
     4.2. Global Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Type, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          4.2.1. Key Highlights
               4.2.1.1. Lithium Carbonate
               4.2.1.2. Lithium Hydroxide
          4.2.2. BPS Analysis/Market Attractiveness Analysis, by Type
     4.3. Global Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by End-use, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          4.3.1. Key Highlights
               4.3.1.1. Battery
               4.3.1.2. Glass & Ceramics
               4.3.1.3. Grease
               4.3.1.4. Polymer
               4.3.1.5. Flux Powder
               4.3.1.6. Refrigeration
               4.3.1.7. Others
          4.3.2. BPS Analysis/Market Attractiveness Analysis, by End-use
     4.4. Global Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Region, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          4.4.1. Key Highlights
               4.4.1.1. North America
               4.4.1.2. Europe
               4.4.1.3. Asia Pacific
               4.4.1.4. Latin America
               4.4.1.5. Middle East & Africa
          4.4.2. BPS Analysis/Market Attractiveness Analysis, by Region


5. North America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025

     5.1. North America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Source, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          5.1.1. Key Highlights
               5.1.1.1. Brine
               5.1.1.2. Hard Rock
               5.1.1.3. Others
     5.2. North America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Type, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          5.2.1. Key Highlights
               5.2.1.1. Lithium Carbonate
               5.2.1.2. Lithium Hydroxide
     5.3. North America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by End-use, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          5.3.1. Key Highlights
               5.3.1.1. Battery
               5.3.1.2. Glass & Ceramics
               5.3.1.3. Grease
               5.3.1.4. Polymer
               5.3.1.5. Flux Powder
               5.3.1.6. Refrigeration
               5.3.1.7. Others
     5.4. North America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Country, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          5.4.1. Key Highlights
               5.4.1.1. U.S. Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               5.4.1.2. Canada Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025


6. Europe Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025

     6.1. Europe Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Source, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          6.1.1. Key Highlights
               6.1.1.1. Brine
               6.1.1.2. Hard Rock
               6.1.1.3. Others
     6.2. Europe Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Type, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          6.2.1. Key Highlights
               6.2.1.1. Lithium Carbonate
               6.2.1.2. Lithium Hydroxide
     6.3. Europe Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by End-use, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          6.3.1. Key Highlights
               6.3.1.1. Battery
               6.3.1.2. Glass & Ceramics
               6.3.1.3. Grease
               6.3.1.4. Polymer
               6.3.1.5. Flux Powder
               6.3.1.6. Refrigeration
               6.3.1.7. Others
     6.4. Europe Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Country, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          6.4.1. Key Highlights
               6.4.1.1. U.K. Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               6.4.1.2. Germany Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               6.4.1.3. France Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               6.4.1.4. Poland Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               6.4.1.5. Spain Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               6.4.1.6. Rest of Europe Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025


7. Asia Pacific Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025

     7.1. Asia Pacific Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Source, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          7.1.1. Key Highlights
               7.1.1.1. Brine
               7.1.1.2. Hard Rock
               7.1.1.3. Others
          7.1.2. BPS Analysis/Market Attractiveness Analysis
     7.2. Asia Pacific Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Type, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          7.2.1. Key Highlights
               7.2.1.1. Lithium Carbonate
               7.2.1.2. Lithium Hydroxide
     7.3. Asia Pacific Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by End-use, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          7.3.1. Key Highlights
               7.3.1.1. Battery
               7.3.1.2. Glass & Ceramics
               7.3.1.3. Grease
               7.3.1.4. Polymer
               7.3.1.5. Flux Powder
               7.3.1.6. Refrigeration
               7.3.1.7. Others
     7.4. Asia Pacific Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Country, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          7.4.1. Key Highlights
               7.4.1.1. China Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               7.4.1.2. Australia Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               7.4.1.3. ASEAN Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               7.4.1.4. Rest of Asia Pacific Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025


8. Latin America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025

     8.1. Latin America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Source, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          8.1.1. Key Highlights
               8.1.1.1. Brine
               8.1.1.2. Hard Rock
               8.1.1.3. Others
     8.2. Latin America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Type, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          8.2.1. Key Highlights
               8.2.1.1. Lithium Carbonate
               8.2.1.2. Lithium Hydroxide
     8.3. Latin America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by End-use, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          8.3.1. Key Highlights
               8.3.1.1. Battery
               8.3.1.2. Glass & Ceramics
               8.3.1.3. Grease
               8.3.1.4. Polymer
               8.3.1.5. Flux Powder
               8.3.1.6. Refrigeration
               8.3.1.7. Others
     8.4. Latin America Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Country, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          8.4.1. Key Highlights
               8.4.1.1. Brazil Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               8.4.1.2. Chile Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               8.4.1.3. Argentina Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               8.4.1.4. Rest of Latin America Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025


9. Middle East & Africa Lithium Mining Market Outlook, 2017 - 2025

    9.1. Middle East & Africa Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Source, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          9.1.1. Key Highlights
               9.1.1.1. Brine
               9.1.1.2. Hard Rock
               9.1.1.3. Others
     9.2. Middle East & Africa Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Type, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          9.2.1. Key Highlights
               9.2.1.1. Lithium Carbonate
               9.2.1.2. Lithium Hydroxide
     9.3. Middle East & Africa Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by End-use, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          9.3.1. Key Highlights
               9.3.1.1. Battery
               9.3.1.2. Glass & Ceramics
               9.3.1.3. Grease
               9.3.1.4. Polymer
               9.3.1.5. Flux Powder
               9.3.1.6. Refrigeration
               9.3.1.7. Others
     9.4. Middle East & Africa Lithium Mining Market Outlook, by Country, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
          9.4.1. Key Highlights
               9.4.1.1. Zimbabwe Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025
               9.4.1.2. Rest of Middle East & Africa Lithium Mining Market, Volume (Metric Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017 - 2025


10. Competitive Landscape

     10.1. Company Market Share Analysis, 2019
     10.2. Strategic Collaborations
     10.3. Company Profiles
          10.3.1. Albemarle Corporation
               10.3.1.1. Company Overview
               10.3.1.2. Product Portfolio
               10.3.1.3. Financial Overview 
               10.3.1.4. Business Strategies and Development
          10.3.2. SQM S.A.
               10.3.2.1. Company Overview
               10.3.2.2. Product Portfolio
               10.3.2.3. Financial Overview 
               10.3.2.4. Business Strategies and Development
          10.3.3. Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd.
               10.3.3.1. Company Overview
               10.3.3.2. Product Portfolio
               10.3.3.3. Financial Overview 
               10.3.3.4. Business Strategies and Development
          10.3.4. Tianqi Lithium
               10.3.4.1. Company Overview
               10.3.4.2. Product Portfolio
               10.3.4.3. Financial Overview 
               10.3.4.4. Business Strategies and Development
          10.3.5. Mineral Resources
               10.3.5.1. Company Overview
               10.3.5.2. Product Portfolio
               10.3.5.3. Financial Overview 
               10.3.5.4. Business Strategies and Development
          10.3.6. Lithium Americas Corp.
               10.3.6.1. Company Overview
               10.3.6.2. Product Portfolio
               10.3.6.3. Financial Overview 
               10.3.6.4. Business Strategies and Development
          10.3.7. Livent
               10.3.7.1. Company Overview
               10.3.7.2. Product Portfolio
               10.3.7.3. Financial Overview 
               10.3.7.4. Business Strategies and Development
          10.3.8.  Orocobre Limited Pty Ltd
               10.3.8.1. Company Overview
               10.3.8.2. Product Portfolio
               10.3.8.3. Financial Overview 
               10.3.8.4. Business Strategies and Development

11. Appendix
     11.1. Research Methodology
     11.2. Report Assumptions
     11.3. Acronyms and Abbreviation

BASE YEAR

HISTORICAL DATA

FORECAST PERIOD

UNITS

 

2019

 

2017 - 2019

 

2020 - 2025 

Value: US$ Million
Volume: Metric Tons

 

REPORT FEATURES

DETAILS

Source Coverage

  • Brine
  • Hard Rock
  • Others

Type Coverage

  • Lithium Carbonate
  • Lithium Hydroxide

End-use Coverage

  • Battery
  • Glass & Ceramics
  • Grease
  • Polymer
  • Flux Powder
  • Refrigeration
  • Others

Geographical Coverage

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
    • Poland
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Australia
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Chile
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Zimbabwe
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Leading Companies

 

  • Albemarle Corporation
  • SQM S.A.
  • Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd.
  • Tianqi Lithium
  • Mineral Resources
  • Lithium Americas Corp.
  • Livent
  • Orocobre Limited Pty Ltd
  • Ramboll Group

Report Highlights

Key Market Indicators, Macro-micro economic impact analysis, Technological Roadmap, Key Trends, Driver, Restraints, and Future Opportunities & Revenue Pockets, Porter’s 5 Forces Analysis, Historical Trend (2017-2019), Price Trend Analysis- 2019-2025, Market Estimates and Forecast, Market Dynamics, Industry Trends, Competition Landscape, Category, Region, Country-wise Trends & Analysis, COVID-19 Impact Analysis (Demand and Supply Chain)

FAQs : Lithium Mining Market

Electric Vehicle (EV’s) revolution followed by the declining prices of lithium battery is expected to make EV’s more affordable. This is likely to spur more investments in lithium mining activities across the globe.

Global top 5 players in lithium mining includes: Albemarle Corporation, SQM S.A., Ganfeng Lithium Co.,Ltd., Tianqi Lithium, and Livent. The global lithium mining market is dominated by Albemarle Corporation in 2019. Albemarle Corporation has more than 10 lithium mines mainly in Australia, Chile, and China.

Currently, Asia Pacific remains the most lucrative market for lithium mining followed by Latin America. In Asia Pacific, Australia and China are dominant in lithium production along with potential lithium reserves. In Latin America, Chile remains the dominant producer of lithium along with potential reserves to extract lithium in the near future. The trend is expected to remain same by 2025.

In terms of type, the global lithium mining market is dominated by lithium carbonate. However, battery technology development is increasing the demand for lithium hydroxide, which is expected to account for a larger share of the market by 2025

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, lithium mining market witnessed both positive and negative impacts. Globally, mining has been an essential industry, and during the COVID-19 outbreak, the mines kept open with social distancing protocols in place. However, for past 18 months, a low-price environment has discouraged fresh production of lithium and investment in new lithium projects. The Covid-19 pandemic may exacerbate that trend.

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