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Marubeni signs Canadian lithium carbonate distributorship agreement; supporting Japanese Li-ion battery business

Marubeni Corporation has signed a three-year distributorship agreement for lithium carbonate with Canada Lithium Corp. The Agreement provides for Marubeni to exclusively distribute Canada Lithium’s battery-grade lithium carbonate in Japan. Under the terms of the Agreement, Marubeni will start purchasing lithium carbonate in 2013 and has an option to purchase up to 5,000 tonnes per year by 2015.

Lithium carbonate is used for various industrial chemicals, as well as for the raw material of Lithium-ion Batteries (LIB). The market of LIB and its raw materials is growing rapidly due to the spreading demand for hybrid/electric vehicles, mobile electronic apparatus and energy storage systems, while the number of companies that supply lithium carbonate is limited. Therefore many companies are longing for suppliers that can supply high-quality lithium carbonate steadily.

Marubeni says the agreement will enable it to supply price-competitive and high-quality lithium carbonate made from low impurity ore, and support the further growth of the Japanese LIB industry.

Marubeni Group is engaged in various businesses in the LIB market such as ultra-high purity lithium carbonate production, sales of LIB for various uses, and sales of raw materials for LIB. The agreement will give Marubeni the base to establish a value chain in the LIB market.

First shipment is planned for March.



This distribution agreement covers about 5% of what will soon be produced by a single new mine. Five other similar mines could eventually produce 500+% more if the market place can absorb the production.

There is no real shortage of high purity lithium carbonate, rather a shortage of large buyers?

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