Lithium Compounds Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Lithium Compounds Market Analysis and is Segmented by Compounds (Lithium Nitride, Lithium Metal, Lithium Carbonate, Lithium Hydroxide, Lithium Chloride, Butyllithium, and Other Compounds), Application (Ceramics and Glass, Batteries, Lubricants, Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Metallurgy, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The market size and forecasts for Lithium Compounds market are provided in volume (tons) for all the above segments.

Lithium Compounds Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR > 8.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Market Concentration Medium

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Lithium Compounds Market Analysis

The lithium compounds market is expected to register a CAGR of over 8% during the forecast period.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic substantially impacted the lithium compounds market. Global constraints affected the automobile, building, and ceramic and glass industries. Despite this, the pharmaceutical business saw an increase in demand, keeping the market growing during the pandemic. However, the industries have increased production since 2021, and the market is expected to follow suit throughout the projection period.
  • The increased use of batteries, particularly in electric cars, as well as rising demand from the ceramics and glass industries, are propelling the lithium compounds market forward. On the contrary, the high costs of compounds and their replacement by other substitutes are expected to hinder the market growth.
  • Nonetheless, the increasing demand for electric vehicles in the market is likely to act as an opportunity for market study. Asia-Pacific represents the largest market for lithium compounds due to massive spending in the construction and automobile industry and will continue to dominate during the forecast period.

Lithium Compounds Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Lithium Compounds Market according to our research experts:

Growing Demand for Batteries

  • Lithium compounds have been widely used in lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology to preserve and save energy. Lithium-ion batteries are used in devices such as mobile phones, cameras, laptop computers, power equipment, and vehicles.
  • Lithium-ion batteries play an important part in vehicles, both combustion and electric. Because of their qualities like high energy density, low self-discharge rate, long life cycle, cheap maintenance, fast charging, and low weight, lithium-ion batteries are preferred in the automotive sector. The demand for Ni-Cd batteries is also high, as they are currently used in some hybrid electric vehicles. The sales of and demand for hybrid vehicles in India, Southeast Asia, and South Korea have witnessed decent growth compared to the previous years.
  • According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the value added by manufacturing electrical appliances, equipment, and components in the United States in the third quarter of 2022 was around USD 73.8 billion, an increase of approximately 8% over the same time the previous year. The total value added in the first three quarters was close to USD 220 billion.
  • Furthermore, the gross output of computer and electronic products manufacturing in the United States was approximately USD 1,300 billion in the first three quarters of 2022. 2022 saw a 7% gain when compared to the same period in 2021 (USD 1,200 billion).
  • Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported in its 'September 2022 Electric Vehicles Outlook' that despite supply chain constraints and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, electric car sales reached a record high in 2021. Sales nearly doubled to 6.6 million in comparison to 2020, bringing the total number of electric vehicles on the road to 16.5 million.
  • The rising number of electric vehicles and the increasing usage of electronic equipment in developing countries is driving the demand for rechargeable batteries, which may drive the market for lithium batteries through the coming years.
Lithium Compounds Market - Segmentation Trends

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the overall lithium compounds market, owing to the highly developed electronics, automotive, ceramics, and glass sectors in China, India, Japan, and Korea, coupled with the continuous investments in the region to advance the battery technology sector through the years.
  • Due to government prohibitions on internal combustion engines and hefty levies on internal combustion vehicles in China, the manufacture of electric and hybrid vehicles increased in China and India over the past several years.
  • China has been the highest producer as well as consumer of electric vehicles, covering approximately half the market all around the globe. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), the total production of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in China in 2022 was about 7 million units. This was a whooping increase of close to 97% when compared with the production of vehicles in the year 2021 (3.54 million units).
  • India has also been focusing on the electric vehicles market for the country for the past few years. A study by CEEW Centre for Energy Finance recognized a USD 206 billion opportunity for electric vehicles in India by2030, which will necessitate a USD 180 billion investment in vehicle manufacturing and charging infrastructure in the country.
  • According to IQVIA's projections, China, the second-largest pharmaceutical spending nation in the world, will increase segment volume by 8% over five years since 2021, while spending will rise by 19%, a slower rate than in prior years but still with an emphasis on extending access to cutting-edge medications.
  • Indian pharmaceutical industry is also expected to reach USD 130 billion by 2030, as India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) suggested. The country is the largest producer of vaccines worldwide, accounting for ~60% of the total vaccines as of 2021, and ranks third globally for pharmaceutical production by volume.
  • According to the statistics presented by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, India, major chemicals production climbed by 5.73% to 43.51 lakh tons (4.351 million tons) in 2022-23 (up to July 2022) compared to 41.15 lakh tons (4.115 million tons) in the previous year's similar period.
  • The growing need for high-efficiency batteries necessitates advanced technological improvements in lithium compounds. Continuous growth in energy-saving devices, along with the increasing pharmaceuticals and chemicals industry in the region is expected to drive the market for lithium compounds through the coming years.
Lithium Compounds Market- Regional Trends

Lithium Compounds Industry Overview

The lithium compounds market is partially consolidated in nature, with a few major players dominating a significant portion of the market. Some of the major companies are FMC Corporation, SQM SA, Lithium Americas Corp., Albemarle Corporation, and Neometals Ltd.

Lithium Compounds Market Leaders

  1. FMC Corporation

  2. Lithium Americas Corp.

  3. Albemarle Corporation

  4. Neometals Ltd

  5. SQM SA

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Lithium Compounds Market News

  • February 2023: Lithium Americas announced the closing of the initial $320M tranche of the previously announced $650M investment by General Motors (GM), which makes the automaker its largest shareholder and offtake partner. Proceeds from GM's investment will be used to accelerate the development of the Thacker Pass project in Nevada, the largest known lithium resource in the U.S. that is fully permitted to begin construction. Lithium Americas expects to close the second and final tranche following the anticipated separation of its U.S. and Argentine businesses in H2 2023.
  • September 2022: Lithium Americas Corporation entered into a strategic collaboration with Green Technology Metals. The collaboration aims to leverage the considerable expertise of both parties towards the joint development of a strategically located, integrated lithium chemicals business in North America and to accelerate the ongoing development of Green Technology Metals' Ontario Lithium Projects.
  • March 2022: Neometals' battery recycling joint venture progressed talks with Mercedes-Benz to build a 2500-tonne-a-year lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Germany as the world's automotive giants step up the response to soaring demand for electric vehicles. Amid sky-high lithium prices as demand for batteries outpaces supply, Perth-based Neometals confirmed Mercedes' plans to collaborate with its 50%-owned company Primobius to design and construct the Kuppenheim plant.

Lithium Compounds Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Ceramics and Glass Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Applications for Batteries

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Entry of New Substitutes

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Volume)

    1. 5.1 Compounds

      1. 5.1.1 Lithium Nitride

      2. 5.1.2 Lithium Metal

      3. 5.1.3 Lithium Carbonate

      4. 5.1.4 Lithium Hydroxide

      5. 5.1.5 Lithium Chloride

      6. 5.1.6 Butyllithium

      7. 5.1.7 Other Compounds

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Ceramics and Glass

      2. 5.2.2 Lubricants

      3. 5.2.3 Pharmaceuticals

      4. 5.2.4 Batteries

      5. 5.2.5 Chemicals

      6. 5.2.6 Metallurgy

      7. 5.2.7 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.3.1.1 China

        2. 5.3.1.2 India

        3. 5.3.1.3 Japan

        4. 5.3.1.4 South Korea

        5. 5.3.1.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. 5.3.2.1 United States

        2. 5.3.2.2 Canada

        3. 5.3.2.3 Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. 5.3.3.1 Germany

        2. 5.3.3.2 United Kingdom

        3. 5.3.3.3 France

        4. 5.3.3.4 Italy

        5. 5.3.3.5 Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. 5.3.4.1 Brazil

        2. 5.3.4.2 Argentina

        3. 5.3.4.3 Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. 5.3.5.1 Saudi Arabia

        2. 5.3.5.2 South Africa

        3. 5.3.5.3 Rest of Middle-East and Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Albemarle Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Allkem Limited

      3. 6.4.3 China Lithium Products Technology Co., Ltd.

      4. 6.4.4 FMC Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 Lithium Americas Corp.

      6. 6.4.6 Neometals Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 Shanghai China Lithium Industrial Co. Ltd

      8. 6.4.8 Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Chemicals Inc.

      9. 6.4.9 SQM SA

    5. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

    1. 7.1 Increasing Demand for Electric Vehicles

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

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Lithium Compounds Industry Segmentation

Lithium is a soft, silvery-white alkali metal that is the least dense metal as well as a solid element. Like all alkali metals, lithium is highly reactive and flammable and must be stored in a vacuum, inert atmosphere, or an inert liquid such as purified kerosene or mineral oil. The most important use of lithium is in rechargeable batteries for mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras, and electric vehicles.

The lithium compounds market is segmented by compound, application, and geography. By compounds, the market is segmented into lithium nitride, lithium metal, lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide, lithium chloride, butyllithium, and other compounds. By application, the market is segmented into ceramics and glass, batteries, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, metallurgy, and other applications. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the lithium compounds market in 15 countries across the globe.

For each segment, market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (tons).

Compounds
Lithium Nitride
Lithium Metal
Lithium Carbonate
Lithium Hydroxide
Lithium Chloride
Butyllithium
Other Compounds
Application
Ceramics and Glass
Lubricants
Pharmaceuticals
Batteries
Chemicals
Metallurgy
Other Applications
Geography
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Europe
Germany
United Kingdom
France
Italy
Rest of Europe
South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
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Lithium Compounds Market Research FAQs

The Lithium Compounds Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 8% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

FMC Corporation, Lithium Americas Corp., Albemarle Corporation, Neometals Ltd and SQM SA are the major companies operating in the Lithium Compounds Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Lithium Compounds Market.

The report covers the Lithium Compounds Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Lithium Compounds Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Lithium Compounds Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Lithium Compounds market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Lithium Compounds analysis includes a market forecast outlook 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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