Lithium – Reuters reported Panasonic Corp (NYSE:PC,TYO:6752) may curtail its expanded production of solar panels and small lithium batteries for electronics.
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Lithium – Advanced lithium battery manufacturing has historically been dominated by China, Japan and South Korea, together accounting for as much as 98 percent of the market. According to the Institute of Information Technology, this year South Korea will replace Japan as the leading producer mid-sized to small lithium-ion batteries.
Lithium – In an exclusive with Lithium Investing News, Jonathan Lee, Battery Materials and Technologies Analyst believes that the risk of a prolonged impact of the Japan Crisis on the lithium industry is not likely.
Lithium – China's principal lithium-producing province plans to boost output of the metal by a factor of five over the next five years, which is half the level of its previous target. This revised guidance for lithium production was followed by a subsequent announcement that China may invest more than $15 billion in electric vehicles during the next 10 years. Investors will be interested to observe how this development might impact the global supply and demand, or if this could potentially change the adoption rate of electric vehicles in specific markets.
A two-fold increase in the price of palladium since last April nearly represents a 25-month high and is partly being driven by demand in Exchange Traded Funds. Industrial demand for the metal is further underscored by the growing car market in China and worldwide.
Lithium – A lithium-ion battery from A123 Systems (NAS:AAONE) will power the world's first premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the Fisker Karma. The Karma will begin a two-month program that will stop in three Canadian provinces and 26 US states targeting 42 cities.