Lithium Carbonate Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Lithium Carbonate in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

For the Q1, Q2 and Q3 of 2022


The price trends for Lithium Carbonate kept strong during the first quarter owing to the limited inventory and high downstream demand. The downstream lithium hydroxide market was on the rise, and owing to the strong cost support, the lithium carbonate prices averaged 369,600 RMB/MT in Q1.

The second quarter continued with positive price trends. However, the prices fell slightly mid-quarter as the demand side was impacted owing to epidemic restrictions. Also, the acceptance of high-priced lithium salts was low. The lithium carbonate prices averaged 460,000 RMB/MT towards the end of the second quarter. As the market demand rebounded owing to solid support from the EV sector, the prices inclined again, averaging 494,000 RMB/MT towards the end of Q3.


Lithium carbonate prices surged throughout the first quarter owing to robust demand from the downstream sectors. With the manufacturers restricting activities with the Russian suppliers, the feedstock prices soared. The situation worsened with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, triggering an energy crisis and high-cost inflation. The prices dwindled but recovered soon as the demand surpassed the supply. The heavier prices continued in the third quarter averaging 74622 USD/MT.

North America

Similar price trends were seen in the US domestic market. The prices kept high owing to solid demand amid labour shortages, power consumption restrictions, high feedstock prices, supply shortages and inflationary pricing. With the world switching to greener methods massive surge in the market was created to acquire lithium carbonate manufacturing processes/facilities, thus driving the prices further. The lithium carbonates prices averaged 72960 USD/MT towards the end of Q3.

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Lithium Carbonate is an inorganic salt heavily used in the production of metal oxides. It is a potent irritant when mixed with water. It is an essential medicine as it is used in the treatment of mood disorders. It is widely used in the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Lithium Carbonate
HS CODE 283691
CAS Number 554132
Chemical Formula Li2CO3
Synonyms Carbonic Acid lLithium Salt, Dilithium Carbonate
Molecular Weight 73.89 g/mol
Supplier Database Tianqi Lithium, Targray
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Process

Lithium carbonate is manufactured via brine. The impurities such as boron and magnesium is removed from the brine which is then precipitated by adding sodium carbonate. The precipitate obtained is subjected to purification process thereby giving lithium carbonate.


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