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

The Report Covers Global Lithium Hydroxide Manufacturers and is Segmented by Application (Batteries, Lubricating Grease, Purification, and Other Applications) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). For Each Segment, The Market Sizing and Forecasts Have Been Done On the Basis of Volume (LCE Tons).

Lithium Hydroxide Market Size

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Lithium Hydroxide Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Volume (2024) 196.5 LCE kilotons
Market Volume (2029) 564.78 LCE kilotons
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 23.51 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

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Lithium Hydroxide Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Lithium Hydroxide Market Analysis

The Lithium Hydroxide Market size is estimated at 196.5 LCE kilotons in 2024, and is expected to reach 564.78 LCE kilotons by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 23.51% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

COVID-19 hampered the lithium hydroxide market. The pandemic led to reduced demand for lithium-ion batteries that are used in electric vehicles and consumer electronics. Automotive production declined, consumer spending on discretionary items decreased, and industrial activity slowed down, resulting in lower demand for lithium hydroxide and other battery materials. However, as lockdown measures were lifted, economic activities gradually resumed across regions. This led to increased demand for electric vehicles and consumer electronics, driving the demand for lithium hydroxide.

Major factors driving the lithium hydroxide market are the increasing demand for electric vehicles that use lithium-ion batteries and the increasing demand for power tools that use lithium hydroxide NCA cathode.

However, rising concerns regarding the toxicity of lithium hydroxide and the high production costs are expected to restrain the growth of the lithium hydroxide market.

Development in lithium deposits and the rising demand for portable electronic devices are expected to offer various opportunities to the market players in the upcoming period.

Asia-Pacific dominates the lithium hydroxide market due to the increasing demand from the EV sector.

Lithium Hydroxide Market Trends

Batteries Segment to Dominate the Market

  • Lithium-ion batteries are the primary consumer of lithium hydroxide, accounting for a significant portion of its total consumption. The growing demand for lithium-ion batteries in portable electronic devices, electric vehicles, and energy storage systems is a significant driver of the lithium hydroxide market.
  • The transition to electric mobility is one of the most significant drivers of the lithium-ion battery market. As governments worldwide implement stricter emissions regulations and incentivize the adoption of electric vehicles, the demand for lithium-ion batteries increases, thereby driving the demand for lithium hydroxide.
  • According to the estimate released by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the total estimated number of electric vehicles in use globally will be approximately 25.9 million in 2022.
  • According to the estimate released by the International Energy Agency, the electric vehicle market is experiencing exponential growth, with more than 10 million vehicles sold in 2022. Within three years, the share of electrical vehicles in overall sales has increased from 4% to 14% between 2020 and 2022.
  • The increase in EV sales was expected to continue through 2023. In the first quarter, over 2.3 million of these vehicles were bought, a 25% increase compared to last year. By the end of 2023, sales had reached 14 million and accounted for a 35% year-on-year increase, while new purchases accelerated in the second half of the year. As a result, in 2023, electric cars accounted for 18% of total car sales.
  • The dominance of lithium-ion batteries in the lithium hydroxide market is further strengthened by continued R&D efforts to improve battery performance, energy density, and security. Technological advancements drive the adoption of lithium-ion batteries in a wide range of applications, reinforcing their position as the leading consumer of lithium hydroxide.
  • The high demand for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles drives the dominance of the lithium-ion batteries segment in the lithium hydroxide market.
Lithium Hydroxide Market: Electric Car Sales in Europe, 2019 - 2023

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific is home to several critical manufacturers of lithium hydroxide, including China, Japan, South Korea, and Australia. These countries have well-established lithium mining and processing industries, providing a significant portion of the global supply of lithium hydroxide.
  • According to the US Geological Survey, China will be the world's third-largest lithium-producing nation in 2023 based on production volume. The mine production of lithium in China amounted to an estimated 33,000 metric tons in 2023.
  • Most of China's lithium reserves are located in the Tibet Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province, and Sichuan Province. However, despite having substantial reserves, China is a net importer of lithium due to the fact that its domestic demand far exceeds its production capacity.
  • Asia-Pacific leads the global electric vehicle market, with countries such as South Korea, Japan, and China being significant producers and consumers of electric vehicles. There is a corresponding increase in demand for lithium-ion batteries and lithium hydroxide as electric vehicles continue to be adopted in the region.
  • According to the estimate released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), in China, around 5.4 million battery electric vehicles will be sold in 2022, an increase of 83.95 % compared to 2021. In the same year, sales of plugin hybrid vehicles in China increased by 151.91% compared to the previous year and amounted to around 1.5 million units.
  • The Asia Pacific region has been rapidly expanding its renewable energy capacity, particularly in countries like China and India. Lithium-ion batteries, powered by lithium hydroxide, play a crucial role in energy storage systems for renewable energy sources that are driving the demand for lithium hydroxide in the region.
  • According to the estimate released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), India's renewable energy capacity increased from 118.19 gigawatts in 2018 to 162.96 gigawatts in 2022.
  • Thus, the factors mentioned above are expected to increase the demand for lithium hydroxide in the Asia-Pacific region in the upcoming period.
Lithium Hydroxide Market - Growth Rate by Region

Lithium Hydroxide Industry Overview

The lithium hydroxide market is consolidated. The major players (not in any particular order) include SQM S.A., Albemarle Corporation, Ganfeng Lithium Group Co., Ltd, Livent, and LevertonHELM Limited.

Lithium Hydroxide Market Leaders

  1. SQM S.A.

  2. Albemarle Corporation

  3. Ganfeng Lithium Co.,Ltd

  4. Livent

  5. LevertonHELM Limited

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Lithium Hydroxide Market News

  • June 2023: Nemaska Lithium announced the commencement of construction of its new production facility in Bécancour. This new facility would produce lithium hydroxide for batteries, which the Whabouchi mine would supply.
  • May 2023: Nemaska Lithium collaborated with Ford to provide lithium hydroxide produced at the company's production facility in Bécancour. According to this collaboration, Nemaska Lithium would provide up to 13,000 tons of lithium hydroxide to Ford for manufacturing electric vehicle batteries.
  • March 2023: Albemarle Corporation expanded its lithium-processing facility in Chester County, South Carolina. This production facility is expected to support the production of around 2.4 million electric vehicles annually. Albemarle Corporation has announced a new lithium processing facility that will produce approximately 50,000 tons of battery-grade lithium hydroxide.

Lithium Hydroxide Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Electric Vehicles

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand for Power Tools

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Rising concern About the Toxicity

      2. 4.2.2 High production Costs

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

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

    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Lithium-ion Batteries

      2. 5.1.2 Lubricating Greases

      3. 5.1.3 Purification

      4. 5.1.4 Other Applications (Polymer Production)

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Malaysia

        6. Thailand

        7. Indonesia

        8. Vietnam

        9. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Spain

        6. Turkey

        7. Russia

        8. NORDIC

        9. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Colombia

        4. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Nigeria

        4. Qatar

        5. Egypt

        6. UAE

        7. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    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 SQM S.A.

      2. 6.4.2 Albemarle Corporation

      3. 6.4.3 Fitz Chem LLC (Nagase America LLC)

      4. 6.4.4 Ganfeng Lithium Group Co., Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 KANTO KAGAKU

      6. 6.4.6 LevertonHELM Limited

      7. 6.4.7 Livent

      8. 6.4.8 Nemaska Lithium

      9. 6.4.9 Shangai China Lithium Industrial Co. Ltd


      11. 6.4.11 Tianqi Lithium

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Development in Lithium deposits

    2. 7.2 Rising Demand for Portable Electronic Devices

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Lithium Hydroxide Industry Segmentation

Lithium Hydroxide is an inorganic chemical compound that consists of lithium, hydrogen, and oxygen. Lithium hydroxide is a white, crystalline solid with a high solubility in water. Lithium hydroxide is primarily used in the production of lithium-ion batteries, which are rechargeable batteries commonly found in electric vehicles (EVs), portable electronic devices (such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets), and energy storage systems. It serves as a key component in the cathode material of lithium-ion batteries, enabling the storage and release of electrical energy.

The Lithium Hydroxide Market is segmented by applications and geography. On the basis of application, the market is segmented into batteries, lubricating grease, purification, and other applications (polymer production). The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the Lithium Hydroxide Market in 27 countries across the major regions. 

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

Lithium-ion Batteries
Lubricating Greases
Other Applications (Polymer Production)
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
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Lithium Hydroxide Market Research FAQs

The Lithium Hydroxide Market size is expected to reach 196.5 lce kilotons in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 23.51% to reach 564.78 lce kilotons by 2029.

In 2024, the Lithium Hydroxide Market size is expected to reach 196.5 lce kilotons.

SQM S.A., Albemarle Corporation, Ganfeng Lithium Co.,Ltd, Livent and LevertonHELM Limited are the major companies operating in the Lithium Hydroxide Market.

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

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Lithium Hydroxide Market.

In 2023, the Lithium Hydroxide Market size was estimated at 150.30 LCE kilotons. The report covers the Lithium Hydroxide Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Lithium Hydroxide Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Lithium Hydroxide Industry Report

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

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