Global Lithium Mining Market Surges, Projected to Exceed US$ 3.4 Billion by 2032

Lithium Mining Market

Lithium mining plays a pivotal role in powering modern technologies. Extracted from mineral deposits, it’s vital for rechargeable batteries used in electric vehicles, portable electronics, and renewable energy storage. Balancing the demand for lithium with sustainable mining practices is essential to meet the global shift towards cleaner energy solutions while minimizing environmental impact.

As per a recent analysis by Future Market Insights (FMI), the global lithium mining market is projected to top US$ 3.4 Billion by 2032. Growing demand for lithium-ion batteries from end-use industries including automotive, packaging, and consumer electronics is expected to propel sales of lithium over the forecast period 2022-2032.

Lithium is widely being adopted in the manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles, owing to advantages such as longer lifespan, improved fuel efficiency, and low discharge rates. Increasing sales of electric vehicles is anticipated to spur demand for lithium in the forthcoming years, which in turn will augment the growth of the global lithium mining market.

Moreover, the growing demand for glass and ceramics from the packaging industry is likely to create new opportunities for key players operating in the lithium mining market. Glass and ceramics are mostly used in the packaging of pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, and other items.

Increasing applications of lithium in the glass and ceramics industry will continue boosting the growth prospects of the lithium mining market. In 2020, the global lithium mining market was heavily impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Nationwide lockdowns, travel restrictions, and halted mining operations hampered the production and consumption of lithium. However, sales are expected to recover in 2022 as demand for lithium from the automotive sector continues to grow.

“Growing focus on fuel efficiency in automotive vehicles is expected to propel consumption of lithium for batteries in the forthcoming years. Besides this, increasing sales of wearables and portable consumer electronics will continue augmenting growth of the lithium mining market through 2032,”says an FMI analyst.

Key Takeaways in Lithium Mining Market Report:

  • Lithium production through brine solutions is expected to capture 65% of the total lithium mining market share.
  • The lithium hydroxide segment is projected to account for a dominant share over the forecast period.
  • Applications of lithium in the battery segment are projected to grow at 8.5% year-over-year in 2022.
  • Sales of lithium in the U.S. are projected to grow by 3.2% year-over-year in 2022.
  • Australia will emerge as an attractive market owing to the presence of high-capacity lithium reserves in the country.
  • China will continue experiencing high demand for lithium due to increasing production and sales of consumer electronics.

Competitive Landscape in Lithium Mining Market

Albemarle, Ganfeng Lithium, Livent, Nemaska Lithium, Orocobre Limited, Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Industries, SQM, and Lithium Americas Corp. are among the key market players identified by FMI. These players are projected to command 60-70% of the total lithium mining market share.

Leading players operating in the global lithium mining market are focusing on production facility expansion through mergers and acquisitions to gain a competitive edge in the market.

For instance:

  • In October 2022, the Belgian material technologies group Umicore UMI.BR signed a long-term lithium supply deal with Gangfen Lithium Co. Ltd. to expand its production capacity in response to rising electric vehicle demand.

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What Is the Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on the Lithium Mining Market?

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is anticipated to have a significant impact on global economic growth for the period of 2020-2022. The global economic growth curve witnessed a downfall of up to -5% owing to the pandemic. Factors such as nationwide lockdowns, travel restrictions, and halted manufacturing and production across various sectors have resulted in stunted consumption of lithium.

Mining operations were also shut down in 2020 globally. This has resulted in dampened growth prospects in the global lithium mining market. However, with resumptions in production and sales in the automotive and consumer electronics industry, the lithium mining market is expected to recover at a steady pace over the forecast period.

Lithium Mining Market by Category

By Source:

  • Brine
  • Hard Rock
  • Others

By Type:

  • Lithium Carbonate
  • Lithium Hydroxide

By Application:

  • Battery
  • Ceramics and Glass
  • Lubricants & Grease
  • Polymer
  • Flux Powder
  • Refrigeration
  • Others

More Insights into the Lithium Mining Market Report

In its latest report, FMI offers an unbiased analysis of the global lithium mining market, providing historical data for the period of 2016-2020 and forecast statistics for the period of 2022-2032.

To understand the global market potential, its growth, and scope, the market is segmented based on source, applications and across seven regions (North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ), Japan, and the Middle East & Africa).

About Future Market Insights (FMI)

Future Market Insights, Inc. (ESOMAR certified, recipient of the Stevie Award, and a member of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce) offers profound insights into the driving factors that are boosting demand in the market. FMI stands as the leading global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, consulting, and events for the Packaging, Food and Beverage, Consumer Technology, Healthcare, Industrial, and Chemicals markets. With a vast team of over 5,000 analysts worldwide, FMI provides global, regional, and local expertise on diverse domains and industry trends across more than 110 countries.

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About the Author

Ronak Shah

Associate Vice President at Future Market Insights is deeply committed to uncovering actionable insights for consumer and food and beverage players. She brings a unique blend of analysis, industry trends, and consumer behavior to put data into perspective.

What she makes out of data becomes a delight to read. She has authored many opinions, including for publications like Process Industry Informer and Spinal Surgery News, as she understands the market pulse and consumers' shifting preferences.

She likes to bring experts to a roundtable to weigh the impact of a trend on an industry. Catch up with her discussion on the impact of AI in packaging.

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