Chile and Argentina's lithium sectors will attract significant investment over the coming quarters, as lithium-ion battery producers racing to secure supply keeps prices elevated. Based on project pipelines, we expect the bulk of new capacity to come online in 2019.
As improving mineral prices prompt a cautious return to growth strategies for major miners, we highlight advanced technology in operations and technology-associated minerals, such as copper, lithium and cobalt, to be the focus of spending. Nonetheless, regulatory uncertainty, particularly in China, will create risks to this otherwise positive outlook.
Global tin mine production growth will decelerate over 2017-2021 compared to the previous five years, due to declining growth rates in Myanmar and Indonesia. Despite this, traditionally large producers such as China, Bolivia and Peru will moderately increase their growth rates, ensuring absolute numbers will remain in positive territory in the coming years.
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