Global and China Lithium Carbonate Industry Report, 2011-2012
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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.

Global Lithium Carbonate Demand, 2006-2012 (Unit: kiloton)

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 China’s 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 China’s 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 China’s ore-based lithium extractors so as to depress China’s 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 Group’s 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 company’s 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.

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

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

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

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

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 China’s 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

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

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
Main Applications and Product Types of Lithium Carbonate
Product Chain of Lithium Carbonate Industry
Characteristics of Lithium Carbonate Manufacturing Process
Lithium Carbonate Production Technology Roadmap
Proven Lithium Resource Reserves and Distribution Worldwide, 2011
Global Lithium Resource Reserves Structure, 2011
Lithium-bearing Brine Resources Abroad,2011
Lithium Ore Resources Abroad,2011
Design Production Capacity and Actual Production Capacity of key Lithium Carbonate Manufacturers worldwide,2011
New Production Capacity of Global Lithium Carbonate Industry,2012
Global Demand for Lithium Carbonate,2006-2012
Demand Structure of Lithium Carbonate Worldwide,2011
Competition Patterns of Global lithium carbonate Market, 2011
Global Demand of Lithium Carbonate,2006-2012
Lithium-bearing Brine Resources in China
Lithium Ore Resources in China
China’s Output of Lithium Carbonate, 2006-2012
Apparent Consumption of Lithium Carbonate In China,2006-2012
Potential Explosive Growth in Lithium Carbonate Downstream Markets
Production Capacity of Key Chinese Lithium Carbonate Manufacturers
Output and Apparent Consumption of Lithium Carbonate In China,2006-2011
Import of Lithium Carbonate In China, 2006-2012
Import Value and Average Price of Lithium Carbonate In China,2008-2012
Export of Lithium Carbonate In China, 2006-2012
Export Value and Average Price of Lithium Carbonate In China,2008-2012
Import Distribution of Lithium Carbonate In China,2011
Export Distribution of Lithium Carbonate In China,2011
Import and Export Volume,Value and Average Price In China,2008-2012
Mg/Li of Famous Salt Lake Worldwide
Casts of Lithium Carbonate Manufacturers Worldwide,2011
purities of the direct products of Extraction from Ore and Extraction from Salt Lake Brine
Prices of Industrial Grade and Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate In China, 2007-2012
Costs of Carbonate Made by Different Processes, 2011
Li-ion Battery Industry Chains
Different Production Methods of Lithium Battery
Material Selection of Key Lithium Battery Manufacturers Worldwide,2011
Performance Comparison of Battery with Various Positive Electrode Materials
Production Capacity of Lithium Cobalt Dioxide Manufacturers In China,2011
Export of Lithium Cobalt Dioxide In China,2007-2011
Production Capacity of Lithium Manganese Dioxide Manufacturers In China, 2011
Production Capacity of Lithium Iron Phosphate Manufacturers In China, 2011
Output and Output and Ownership of Cars In China, 2006-2012
China Petroleum Output & Demand,2000-2011
Performance Comparison of Various Battery
Development of Chinese Hybrid Car Manufacturers
Production Capacity of Lithium Iron Phosphate Manufacturers In China, 2011
SQM’s Lithium Carbonate Manufacturing Process
Production Capacity of Lithium Carbonate of SQM, 2006-2011
Sales and Market Share In Global Market of Lithium Carbonate Products of SQM, 2006-2011
Lithium Carbonate Business Revenue and Growth Rate of SQM, 2006-2011
Lithium Carbonate Business Revenue Structure of SQM by Regions,2006-2011
Revenue and Net Profit of FMC,2007-2011
Lithium Products Revenue of FMC,2006-2011
Lithium Carbonate Downstream Fields into which FMC Marched, 2011
Revenue and Net Profit of Rockwood,2007-2011
Revenue and Net Profit of Rockwood by Businesses, 2007-2011
Proven and Probable Ore Reserves and Metal Content of Kings Valley
Total Assets ,Costs and Net Profit of Western Lithium,FY2009-FY2011
Revenue and Net Profit of Talison Lithium,FY2009-FY2012
Output, Sales and Average Prices of Lithium Concentrate of Talison Lithium,FY2010-FY2012
Revenue and Net Profit of Nordic Mining, 2008-2012
Operation of Galaxy Resources on Cattlin Lithium Ore,2011
Lithium Battery Project Plan of Galaxy Resources, 2011
Existing and Proposed Production Capacity of Lithium Carbonate Manufacturers Worldwide, 2011
Revenue and Net Profit of CITIC Guoan, 2006-2012
Revenue and Gross Margin of CITIC Guoan by Products, 2009-2011
Production Capacity and Output of Qinghai Guoan, 2007-2012
Revenue and Net Profit of Qinghai Guoan, 2006-2011
Revenue and Net Profit of Tibet Mineral, 2006-2012
Revenue and Net Profit of Tibet Mineral by Products, 2009-2011
Reserves and Features of Key Salt Lake with High Lithium Content Worldwide
Output and Sales of Tibet Mineral, 2008-2011
Lithium Products Sales of Tibet Mineral, 2008-2011
Lithium Carbonate Project On Construction of Tibet Mineral, 2011
Revenue and Net Profit of Salt Lake Group, 2006-2010
Lithium Carbonate Production Capacity of Salt Lake Industry, 2010-2012
Revenue and Net Profit of Western Mining, 2008-2012
Output of Lithium Carbonate of Qinghai Lithium,2007-2009
Revenue and Net Profit of Tianqi Lithium, 2008-2012
Revenue of Tianqi Lithium by Products, 2008-2011
Revenue of Tianqi Lithium by Regions, 2008-2011
Gross Margin of Tianqi Lithium by Products, 2008-2011
Lithium Mineral Resources of Tianqi Lithium
Output of Lithium Carbonate Products and Derivative Lithium Products of Tianqi Lithium, 2007-2011
Sales of Lithium Carbonate Products and Derivative Lithium Products of Tianqi Lithium, 2007-2011
R&D Costs and % of Total Revenue of Tianqi Lithium, 2007-2011
Key Projects On Construction of Tianqi Lithium, 2011
Production Capacity of Tianqi Lithium by Products, 2007-2012
Procurement Value of the Top 5 Suppliers of Tianqi Lithium, 2011
Revenue and Net Profit of Foshan Electrical and Lighting, 2008-2012
Revenue and Net Profit of Western Resources, 2008-2012
Revenue and Gross Margin of Lithium Carbonate Business of Western Resources, 2010-2011
Production Capacity, Output and Sales of Jiangxi Lithium, 2010-2011
Revenue and Net Profit of Ganfeng Lithium, 2008-2012
Revenue of Ganfeng Lithium by Products, 2008-2011
Gross Margin of Ganfeng Lithium by Products, 2008-2011
Production Capacity of Ganfeng Lithium by Products, 2008-2012
Production Capacity of Key Products of Xinjiang Lithium Salt Plant, 2011
Production Capacity of Key Products of N&Co Guorun , 2011
Production Capacity of Key Products of JiXiang Lithium , 2011
Production Capacity of Key Products of Guangsheng Lithium , 2011
Production Capacity of Key Products of China Lithium, 2011
Production Capacity of Key Chinese Lithium Carbonate Manufacturers

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