Lithium Mining Market Research Report- Forecast to 2030

Lithium Mining Market Research Report by Source (Brines, Hard Rocks), Type (Lithium Hydroxide, Lithium Carbonate), Application (Batteries, Glass, Grease, Air Conditioning Equipment, Others) – Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/3624-HCR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 138 pages

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Lithium Mining Market overview:


 


Lithium mining is done through the mining process from the rocks and brines. The evaporation of the brine and washing the sodium carbonate in the shallow ponds that are PVC lined. The lithium compounds are intensively used in glass and ceramics. The potential characteristics of the ceramics such as increased strength, improved viscosity of the coating, enhanced glaze color, viscosity, strength, and luster of the ceramic bodies are considered as the major drivers of ceramics and thereby increasing the overall growth of the lithium mining industry.


 


On the other hand, the technologies in the mining industry are also developing which is resulting in effective and efficient mining processes. They are both resource and energy-efficient overall. They are also utilizing organic-based sieves and thereby protecting environmental sustainability. Such favorable conditions are presenting lucrative opportunities for the overall growth of the lithium mining industry.


 


COVID 19 Analysis:


 


COVID 19 had created a huge crisis in the industrial sector and business world. The distress that it had created had stayed for several years. The business and industrial operations were either slowed down or stopped completely and had changed the demand for the products as well. The declining economic condition and the change in customer preferences had affected the sales in several industries. For instance, the sales of automotive and other luxury items have reduced drastically. The key manufacturers were also affected and therefore the investment in the mining industries was also reduced. Moreover, the reduced labor forces have also created a state of inefficiency across the lithium mining industry.


On the other hand, the reduced supply of the metals and the demand towards the metals were also reduced. The fluctuation in the metal and mineral prices has also affected the overall growth of the lithium mining industry.


 


 Market dynamics:


 


 Market drivers:


 


The intensive usage of lithium in medical devices, pharmaceutical operations, and the surging advances in electronic automobiles are stimulating the lithium mining market growth. Similarly, the growing application in the glass and ceramics, polymers, and pharmaceutical industries are also supporting the lithium mining market growth.


 


The increasing sales of consumer electronics such as smartwatches, TV, smartphones, smart devices, and handheld devices that are available at an affordable price range and the production-intensive industrial verticals across China, Japan, and the U.S are considered as the major drivers of the lithium mining market growth.


 


Market opportunities:


 


The developed countries are increasingly investing in electric vehicles and the recent reports from International Energy Agency had reported that the sales of electric vehicles had crossed over 2.1 million in the year 2019. on the other hand, the increasing investment in the automotive industry combined with the presence of established market players are propelling the utilization of electric vehicles, thereby presenting lucrative opportunities for lithium mining market growth.


Similarly, several countries have imposed regulations, subsidies, and policies to adopt electric vehicles for commercial and personal purposes. Such factors are presenting lucrative opportunities for lithium mining market growth.


 


The increasing demand for electricity and the stimulating growth of power grids due to the increasing industrialization and urbanization are presenting lucrative opportunities for the overall growth of the lithium mining industry. The developing countries and the industrial market players are focusing on utilizing renewable energy resources and constantly working on energy storage. Such factors require lithium in every stage and thereby presenting a lucrative opportunity for the overall growth of the lithium mining industry.


 


 Market restraints:


 


The disposal and recycling facilities of lithium batteries are costly and extremely rare across several countries.


 


The improper disposal of these lithium batteries can cause a serious negative impact on the environment as well. Such factors are considered as the major restraints of lithium mining market growth.


 


Market challenges:


 


The environmental impact of lithium mining and the processing of mined metal causes water pollution and disturbs other ecosystems as well. This factor affects the groundwater quality and the tiny lithium particles that remain in the air that causes serious respiratory diseases. Such factors are considered as challenges for lithium mining market growth.


 


The health-related hazards created across the lithium mining industry had propelled the government to impose stringent regulations regarding the production volume of lithium and thereby considered as major challenges for the overall growth of the lithium mining industry.


 


Cumulative growth analysis:


 


Among several chemical elements, Lithium is intensively used in the manufacturing industries of electronics, automobiles, the healthcare sector, and significant others. There are several applications for lithium which include lubricants, medicines, lithium-ion batteries, and glass and ceramics. Moreover, the key manufacturers are bringing in developments across brine manufacturing and chloride production. Such factors are considered as the key growth stimulating factors of the lithium mining industry. Therefore the Lithium mining market value was at USD 3.27 billion in the year 2020 and it is expected to surpass the market value of over USD 4.68 billion by the year 2028 while registering a CAGR of 5.23% during the forecast period.


 


The intensive usage of lithium in the air treatment processes such as cooling, dehumidification, and air regeneration processes are stimulating the growth of the lithium mining industry. The awareness created among the public regarding indoor air pollution and the increasing utilization of HVAC systems across crowded cities or regions is considered as the primary growth-stimulating factor of the lithium mining industry. The defense sector which includes, space vehicles, submarines, miners, and other safety vehicles come with carbon dioxide removal systems, therefore, the utilization of lithium is increasing across the automotive industry as well.


 


Value chain analysis:


 


The lithium mining market growth is highly influenced by the growth and revolution of the end-user industries such as automobile, medical, air treatment, and polymer production. The growing industrialization and urbanization across the globe which are reliant on metal production and utilization are some of the key factors that are boosting the overall growth of the lithium mining industry. The increasing demand for electric vehicles across the developed countries and the fuel efficiency factor is considered as the major drivers for Lithium mining market growth. 


 


Similarly, the increasing demand for the consistent power supply and the demand for electricity across the industrial sectors without affecting the environmental stability is considered as the major driver of the lithium mining industry. Therefore the grid technology and the growing inclination towards renewable resources are considered as the key growth stimulating factors of the Lithium mining industry.


 


Segment overview:


 


Based on Product:


 



  • Lithium hydroxide

  • Lithium carbonate


 


Based on Application:


 



  • Batteries

  • Glass

  • Grease

  • Air Conditioning Equipment


 


Based on type: 


 



  • Chloride

  • Lithium hydroxide

  • Carbonate

  • Concentrate


 


Based on source:


 



  • Brine

  • Hard rock.


The Global Lithium Mining Market Share by Application:Lithium Mining Market


Regional analysis:


 


Currently, Asia-pacific and U.S are expected to have a higher growth rate in the lithium mining industry, where the U.S was growing at the rate of 3.2%. The usage of Lithium-ion batteries in consumer electronics and medical devices is increasing and thereby presenting lucrative opportunities for the overall growth of lithium mining. 


 


European countries are involved in manufacturing electric vehicles and they are improving their automotive industry and medical industry. Therefore the intensive utilization of Lithium in these industries is boosting the lithium mining market growth. For instance, Europe is focusing on fuel efficiency and imposing regulations for utilizing fuel-efficient vehicles. Moreover, the International Energy Agency has reported that the country had sold over 7 million electric vehicles. 


 


Competitive landscape:


 



  • Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Albemarle

  • Tianqi Lithium

  • Sociedad Quimica y Minera

  • Mineral Resources Limited

  • Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group Co Limited

  • Livent Corporation

  • Lithium Americas

  • Pilbara Minerals Ltd.

  • Savannah Resources

  • Bacanora Lithium

  • Piedmont Lithium ltd

  • Galaxy Resources ltd

  • Orocobre Ltd

  • Young Corporation Ltd.


 


 Recent developments:


 


In the year 2021, one of the leading market players, Albermarle Lithium which is based in the UK had declared its agreement with a lithium converter company that is based in China. This expansion and acquisition are helping in promoting the overall growth of the lithium mining industry.


 


In the year 2020, one of the leading market players, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has brought in a novel technology that is capable of obtaining the metal from deep waters. The process is considered minimally invasive yet economical. 


 


 Report overview:


 


 This report has covered:



  • Market overview

  • COVID 19 Analysis

  • Market dynamics

  • Cumulative growth analysis

  • Value chain analysis

  • Segment overview

  • Regional analysis

  • Competitive landscape

  • Recent developments


 


 Segmentation Table:


 


Based on Product:


 



  • Lithium hydroxide

  • Lithium carbonate


 


Based on Application:


 



  • Batteries

  • Glass

  • Grease

  • Air Conditioning Equipment


 


Based on type: 


 



  • Chloride

  • Lithium hydroxide

  • Carbonate

  • Concentrate


 


Based on source:


 



  • Brine

  • Hard rock.



Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2030: Significant Value
  CAGR   3.10% CAGR (2020-2030)
  Base Year   2021
  Forecast Period   2022Β toΒ 2030
  Historical Data   2019Β &Β 2020
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Type and application
  Geographies Covered   Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa
  Key Vendors   Albemarle Corporation (U.S.), SQM (Chile), FMC Lithium (U.S.), Tianqi Lithium Corporation (China), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. (China), LITHIUM AMERICAS (Canada.), MGX Minerals Inc (Canada), Nemaska Lithium (Canada), Galaxy Resources Limited (Australia), Wealth Minerals Ltd (Canada)
  Key Market Opportunities   Its high energy density, thermal resistance, long durability, and minimal maintenance are the important trends and factors influencing the market confidently
  Key Market Drivers   The growing demand for brine source producing lithium is set to dominate the market over the assessment period.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Lithium is mainly used in batteries, glass, grease, and air conditioning equipment, among others. The batteries application is the leading segment in the global lithium mining market.

Brines is the leading segment of the lithium market by source.

Lithium hydroxide is the dominant segment of the market in this regard, followed by lithium carbonate.

Asia Pacific holds the largest share in the global lithium mining market due to the growing demand in battery production.

Leading players in the lithium mining market include SQM, Albemarle Corporation, FMC Lithium, Lithium Americas, Nemaska Lithium, and Galaxy Resources Ltd.

The Lithium mining market value was at USD 3.27 billion in the year 2020 and it is expected to surpass the market value of over USD 4.68 billion by the year 2028 while registering a CAGR of 5.23% during the forecast period.

The Lithium-ion batteries used in consumer electronics are considered as the major consumer of the Lithium mining industry, which is due to the increasing demand for lithium.