Understanding the battery supply chain has never been more crucial as demands on the sector grow with the strong drive by governments in Europe to increase penetration of hybrid, plug-in and full electric vehicles. The race to meet emissions objectives, together with falling battery costs and improved battery range has seen different demands placed on various aspects of the batteries industry and its raw materials.

Battery as well as car manufacturers are scrutinising raw material requirements and the robust nature of all supply chains, with future demand increases in their sights.

The predicted growth in lithium demand caused especially by the disruptive transformation to electric mobility and to renewable energy storage is extraordinary. Simply spoken, we expect a tripling in global lithium demand within 8 years. Surprisingly, the lithium ion battery supply chain has not been built-up seemlessly in Europe, yet. Economies of scale and going through a production learning curve is key. But, this approach requires huge investments. Successful companies must overcome its risk aversion. Sharing risk and establishing co-operations in good faith to dissolve interface obstacles could be helpful. Martin will analyse the European situation in every supply chain item and discuss opportunities for companies when becoming part of the chain. Not even many insiders are aware that Europe has a few promising lithium raw material sources. Savannah Resources‘ spodumene project in Portugal is one of the projects with very good project fundamentals. Martin will highlight the advantages of this project for the first time at a conference. The project is an ideal candidate to be part of a future lithium supply chain within Europe. A quick and clear commitment from within is necessary, otherwise the resource could end-up in feeding the Asian markets.

As well as gaining crucial market intelligence and enjoying excellent networking opportunities, the Battery Supply Chain Europe 2018 will bring together anyone involved in the international batteries sector, particularly Battery producers and component manufacturers, Raw material suppliers, Equipment and machinery suppliers, Plant managers, Chemical resources and purchasing managers, Government and industry professionals, Traders and processors.