Take charge of price risks associated with manufacturing lithium-ion batteries

The rapid growth of electric vehicles and large-scale battery storage applications for electronic devices is increasing Lithium demand as well as price risk. Lithium futures and options offer price transparency and efficient risk management. They are financially settled each business day of the contract month, based on monthly average of assessments published by Fastmarkets, a leading commodities benchmark data provider.

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It is the assessment for “Lithium hydroxide monohydrate min 56.5% LiOH.H2O battery grade spot price, US$ per kg CIF China, Japan & South Korea” (code MB-LI-0033). This assessment tracks the price of battery-grade lithium hydroxide in North Asia and is published weekly. More information about the Fastmarkets methodology is available here.

The final settlement price will be equal to the arithmetic average of all available weekly price assessments published for “Lithium hydroxide monohydrate min 56.5% LiOH.H2O battery grade spot price, US$ per kg CIF China, Japan & South Korea” in $/kilogram by Fastmarkets during the contract month.

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