Global Battery Raw Materials Symposium

Balancing Supply, Demand & Costs for Battery Component Materials

June 4-5, 2018 | Hotel Del Coronado | San Diego, CA


Understanding the complexities of the global supply chain for battery component materials is critical to the successful commercialization of EV applications. An examination of the drivers of end user demand with a focus on major new projects in the pipeline and how that demand will evolve over the near and long term will be presented. This symposium will cover the global markets from multiple angles including advances in mining and processing with an emphasis on sourcing and cost control strategies by manufacturers with an outlook on the forecasted consumption trends for China, Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States. Don’t miss your opportunity to network with the major players within the global battery supply chain.

Final Agenda

Monday, June 4

12:30 pm Symposia Registration


1:30 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Michael Fetcenko, Managing Director, BASF

1:35 25% by 2025? Lithium and the Electric Vehicle Revolution

Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

The talk will demystify resources, reserves, hard rock production, chemicals, battery grade materials production, and cathode manufacturing. It will also include an update on Benchmark Minerals’ Lithium Carbonate and Hydroxide Prices, and Benchmark’s Lithium-ion Battery Megafactory Tracker. Benchmark Mineral Intelligence is the world’s leading source of price assessments, data, and analysis on the lithium-ion supply chain. It publishes lithium carbonate and hydroxide price assessments each month which is also cited by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters.

1:55 Lithium-Ion Battery Raw Material Supply and Demand 2016-2025

Christophe Pillot, PhD, Battery Survey Manager, Avicenne Energy, France

This presentation includes cathode, anode, electrolyte, and separator demand. It will examine the major component suppliers and include a discussion on price evolution and major technical trends.

2:15 Transport Electrification Trends and the Future Impact on the Ni, Co & Cu Markets

Denis Sharypin, Head, Market Research, MMC Norilsk Nickel

This presentation will cover the long-term global nickel supply as well as the production of battery grade nickel along with the key auto trends impacting metals demand and what bottlenecks there are for Ni, Co & Cu demand trends.

2:35 LiB Material Trend Based on Growing xEV Market

Sachiya Inagaki, General Manager, Industrial Technology Unit, Yano Research Institute, Ltd.

This presentation will be about a market trend of LiB major 4 materials such as cathode, anode, electrolyte, and separator. The market size of these materials has been growing fast thanks to expansion of the xEV market, and high energy density materials will be a key factor to support this growth. Also, the market presence of Chinese material manufactures has been rising based on their internal market growth. I will talk about recent and future market trends as to these 4 major materials based on LiB and application market, especially xEV.

2:55 Refreshment Break

3:15 Cobalt: What Is Hype and What Is Reality?

Michael Insulán, Senior Market Analyst, Marketing Intelligence, Eurasian Resources Group

Everybody has an opinion on cobalt. But what is hype and what is reality?

3:35 Nickel – From Solution to Solution

Anne Oxley, Technical Director, Brazilian Nickel

BEVs numbers are growing to help reduce emissions and improve our environment. The raw materials behind the EV revolution should also be produced with this in mind. Brazilian Nickel’s hydrometallurgical process is at ambient conditions (no high temperatures or pressures) and results in dissolved battery metals in sulphate solution. BRN plans to produce nickel hydroxide products with high % nickel for improved transportation; these products are easy to re-dissolve by the cathode manufacturers, but what are the other options and what is the best solution?

3:55 Cobalt - Challenges for a Technology Enabling Metal

David Weight, President, Cobalt Institute

This presentation will highlight the value proposition of cobalt. In addition, it will provide an overview of the cobalt market and the major challenges for cobalt in the marketplace while examining how the institute protects market access.

4:15 Why Do We Care about Lithium?

Emilio E. Bunel, PhD, Senior Analyst, SQM, Chile; Senior Advisor, Physical Sciences and Engineering Directorate, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne

From an industrial point of view, lithium has been described as the “oil of the future” or “the new gold rush”, and the demand for lithium could exceed supply in 2020 by 25%. At that point, the world is expected to need over 380,000 tons of lithium carbonate and considering that the demand in 2014 was close to 190,000 tons, that is a 100% growth in demand over a six-year period, and much of that growth will come from batteries. In this presentation, we will highlight some of the past and recent activities in SQM to develop our lithium offerings for the industry, including standard lithium uses and energy storage.

4:35 Q&A

5:00 Close of Day

Tuesday, June 5

8:30 am Morning Coffee


9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Ahmad Mayyas, PhD, Engineer, Clean Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

9:05 Focus on Innovation to Lead a Rapidly Growing Technology Based Industry of LiB

Marina Yakovleva, Global Commercial Manager, New Product and Technology Development, FMC Corporation

9:25 The Extended Thermal Toolbox: Bridging Fundamental Molecular Architecture and Application Performance Needs

Kate Johnson, Global Technology Leader, Application Development, Dow Chemical

This presentation will focus on the balance between rheology, thermal, and mechanical properties as they tie to final application performance needs. Material design and characterization will be discussed incorporating changing industry needs with increased lifetimes, thermal aging, and vibration dampening. This will focus on silicone thermal gap fillers as a base material example to highlight the delicate property balances that must be achieved.

9:45 Purity and Performance of Raw Materials to Succeed in the Battery Battle

Raymond Malcolm Oei, COO, Bait Manganese (PT Bhakti Alam Indonesia Timur); CEO, Stern PT

Pure, low impurities of metals and environmentally friendly processed raw materials are critical for the quality and performance of lithium-ion and alkaline batteries today. The clear target is to lower the cost per kwh to make it economical. We have to choose the right material balance for the performance required for each particular application. Impurities and density issues have major impacts on the performance, as well as life cycle issues and a direct impact on the corporate image with positive or fatal economic consequences.

10:05 Grand Opening Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

11:00 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)  

11:20 Driving Electromobility through Innovations in NCM and NCA Cathode Materials

Michael Fetcenko, Managing Director, BASF

BASF is a leading supplier of high energy cathode active materials to the automotive industry (NCM and NCA), making significant investments in strategic collaborations with metal suppliers and expanding global manufacturing footprint. This presentation will review today’s and future product portfolio and innovation roadmap.

11:40 A New Class of High Performance, Low Cost, Synthetic Graphite Anode Materials

Jeremy Schrooten, PhD, Senior R&D Engineer, Energy, Pyrotek, Inc.

Pyrotek is an innovator in high-temperature processing with over 60 years of experience. Our proprietary furnaces, designed and built by Pyrotek, produce a premium anode graphite at the competitive cost of $5/kg, manufactured using 100% renewable energy, with very low emissions. Pyrotek’s in-house battery materials laboratory builds and tests 18650 cells to evaluate the performance of our material. This presentation reviews actual battery data detailing the performance of this commercially-available anode and its favorable comparison to other anode materials.


12:00 pm Supply Chain Dynamics and How This Will Impact the Price Targets of Li-Ion Industry

Kurt Vandeputte, Vice President, Rechargeable Battery Materials Business Unit, Umicore

The uncertainty about future supply/demand balances has created an unseen rally in raw material prices, to the extent it starts to put the price down targets of the industry at risk, therefore endangering the demand that created the rally. How to deal with this dilemma? This presentation will look into the strategies one can implement to mitigate these risks.

12:20 Q&A

12:40 Networking Lunch

1:35 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

2:35 Chairperson’s Remarks

Michael Insulán, Senior Market Analyst, Marketing Intelligence, Eurasian Resources Group

2:40 Transparency in Battery Raw Material Prices

Barbara O’Donovan, Managing Editor, Industrial Minerals

As demand for lithium-ion batteries grows, more transparency is required on the prices of the raw materials that feed the industry, such as lithium, cobalt, graphite, nickel and manganese. Industrial Minerals and Metal Bulletin have been tracking many of these prices for decades. We’ll walk you through the recent spikes in lithium and cobalt as well as the fundamental supply and demand scenarios seen in those markets and the other key metals.


3:00 Manufacturing Competitiveness of the Recycled Li-Ion Battery Materials

Ahmad Mayyas, PhD, Engineer, Clean Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

This study aims to develop a comparative cost analysis between regions/countries for recycling cathode/anode/electrolyte materials. In addition, detailed supply chain maps will be developed to show the flows of the virgin and recycled materials in the global market, and value chain analysis will be performed to evaluate the value add to the supply chain from recycling LIB cathode/anode/electrolyte materials.

3:20 Low Cost Electrode Reclamation

Steven E. Sloop, President, OnTo Technology

OnTo has pioneered direct recycling processes for reinstating electrode functionality to well-aged EV battery electrode materials, including native and surface treated lithium nickel cobalt manganese oxide (NCM) as well as mixtures with lithium manganese oxide (LMO, spinel). By leveraging low temperature processing on surface treated electrodes, the successful development of low cost electrode reclamation can reduce recycling energy requirements by 90%, eliminate end-of-life battery costs, and provide a source of electrodes at 30-50% of material cost.

3:40 Q&A

4:00 Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

5:00 Close of Symposium