WA'S FUTURE IN THE LITHIUM BATTERY VALUE CHAIN

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We focus on understanding Western Australia’s competitive advantage in the rapidly-evolving lithium-ion battery industry. Directing our efforts on securing and optimising this advantage will be crucial to attaining full, sustainable value from this opportunity.

Global demand for lithium-ion battery technology and personal portable electronic devices, energy storage systems and electric vehicles all present significant opportunities. However, some caution should be taken regarding the ability of Australian domestic demand to drive local industry development.

The emerging dominance of nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode chemistry in electric vehicles favours Western Australia’s existing battery minerals production base. In turn, this supports the case for the domestic downstream production of high quality lithium hydroxide, nickel sulphate and cobalt sulphate technical-grade chemicals, and potentially cathode precursor.

The fact that Western Australia produces or has resources of many of the battery minerals means the State is well positioned to benefit from current and new opportunities in the global battery supply chain. However, given the investment in developing these mineral resources across the globe, and Western Australia’s position on the global cost curve, we should not take this competitive advantage for granted.

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WA'S FUTURE IN THE LITHIUM BATTERY VALUE CHAIN

GLOBAL DEMAND FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERY TECHNOLOGY IS EXPECTED TO GROW AT AN UNPRECEDENTED RATE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE

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Copyright © 2018 Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia

ABN: 96 929 977 985 ARBN: 099 891 611 

Copyright © 2018 Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia

GLOBAL
MEGATRENDS
AND THE 

AUSTRALIAN
MARKET

BATTERY TECHNOLOGY: 
A STABLE PLATFORM, BUT CONTINUALLY EVOLVING SPACE

WESTERN AUSTRALIA AND THE 
PRODUCTION OF BATTERY
MINERALS

ABN: 96 929 977 985 ARBN: 099 891 611 

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