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Can Western World companies afford developments at current RM prices?

Posted on - 09 Feb 2024

Category - Features

Wherever you look in battery raw materials markets at the moment momentum seems to be negative, with prices weak across the board – lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese – all are recording multi-year lows in prices. While the environment for battery raw materials looks weak in the near-term, we believe that current price weakness may actually be an opportunity for the sector in the medium to longer-term, because it deters companies from investing in new capacity. Current price levels are low enough to be below incentive prices for many new Greenfield raw materials projects. While Brownfield capacity expansions may still be...

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