Now we have more details on Tesla Gigafactory and Elon Musk's plans to produce Lithium Batteries on a mass scale and dramatically reduce the cost. This plan brings catalyst to the whole electric cars and energy storage industry. As we have discussed before, Lithium materials industry is getting the boost as well. Investors are taking notice and Western Lithium is already up 300% this year. Rodinia Lithium and International Lithium are getting the bids now as well. After the initial hype in the Lithium sector the main question was when the mass market for electric cars will be coming to life. Now we have this answer and access to the capital will define the new winners among Lithium Juniors. International Lithium with its strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium from China, one of the top Lithium Materials producers in the world, are getting ready for the surge in demand advancing Lithium projects in Ireland, Canada and Argentina.
Tesla brings the spotlight to the Lithium Battery industry and Lithium as strategic commodity. Numerous reports have shown that further rapid production development by Tesla Motors is impossible without the advance in production of Lithium Batteries. Only economy of scale can bring the cost benefits allowing Tesla Model E for electric cars mass market to happen. Tesla Model X roll out was affected as well due to the shortage of Lithium Batteries. Elon Musk replies to the challenge in style with the announcement of the Lithium Battery Gigafactory with still mysterious partners involved and a lot of rumours about the talks with Apple.
Lithium batteries mass production means much lower prices and it will be the new long awaited catalyst for Tesla Motors and Electric Cars market in general. Situation will be even more interesting with serious development of Lithium Power Storage Batteries for Wind and Solar industries. Elon Musk's foundation of Solar City helps to bring this story up to the scale as well.
"The production volume is expected to be at least 30 gigawatt-hours-worth per year. That's more storage than all the lithium battery factories in the world combined produce now."
It means that only Tesla's Gigafactory will take all Lithium supply allocated today to Lithium Batteries and the production of high purity Lithium will have to double. Industry insiders know that Nevada in no way is able to produce even any close amount of Lithium required, so it will be taken from international market.
Lithium ETF LIT is breaking out to the upside after the long consolidation phase and double bottom reversal in 2013. We are finally reaching the stage we were writing about for years here, when security of Lithium Supply will become the main priority not only the price. Companies like Ganfeng Lithium from China were quietly rumping up its production facilities to meet upcoming Lithium demand and acquiring strategic stakes in Lithium developers like International Lithium with projects in Ireland, Canada and Argentina. ILC.v has waken up recently in the market and we will monitor the developments next week. Junior miners with solid Lithium projects and access to the Capital with strong strategic ties to Lithium industry end-users will be the beneficiaries of this new Bull stage in Lithium market.
Lithium Catalyst: Tesla Should Focus on Battery Production TSLA ILC.v TNR.v LIT RM.v
"Now Tesla's success will put the spotlight on the Lithium Batteries and Lithium Materials industry again. Apple and Tesla are igniting the buzz about Electric Cars again and the real business very quietly acquires the assets with strategic commodities for the electric revolution.
Lithium industry will get another boost with this leap forward and Lithium supply will gain its strategic value. Ganfeng Lithium is already among top world lithium materials producers and its new production facilities will increase Lithium output in China for the battery industry. Company is very active in building its supply chain with Canada based International Lithium with its projects in Ireland, Argentina and Canada."
"Now China again makes the bold move into the electric space and its lithium batteries and lithium materials industry is making very big progress under the radar screens of general investors. We are following here Ganfeng Lithium and International Lithium and they are getting into the interesting development stage of this cycle now with UK promoting electric cars and China coming back in this high stake technology game with the new force."
"China is literally chocking with pollution and electric cars are the obvious solution for urban mobility over there. Lithium developers are out of market favour now, but wait when investors will connect the dots again. Ganfeng Lithium is already the market leader in China in the lithium strategic supply chain and extending its raw material base with International Lithium strategic partnership. Today's news from UK are putting new perspective to International Lithium 10 million J/V development partnership in Ireland with Ganfeng Lithium.
"Mr. Kirill Klip stated, "We are working to advance our Blackstairs Lithium project early in 2014 under the ten million dollar joint venture with strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd. ("GFL"). We are also working with GFL on a corporate structure that will enable the companies to move forward on the Mariana lithium-potash brine project in Argentina."
International Lithium: Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium to Raise $81.5 Mln via Private Placement ILC.v, TNR.v, LIT
"Now Ganfeng Lithium has the capital to advance its development programs with International Lithium. Once the tax loss selling will be over International Lithium should enjoy better market perception with further advance of Lithium properties in Ireland, Argentina and Canada. Ganfeng Lithium production facilities development shows China's appetite for strategic commodities for electric revolution in order to make transportation and personal mobility still possible after recent pollution scare."
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