Rally in mining’s super commodity strained by race to fuel Tesla

August 18, 2016

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Even the mining industry’s super commodity of the future may be unable to avoid the Achilles heel of all mineral producers – a recurring habit of busting a boom with too much supply. As miners of everything from copper to iron ore wrestled with losses driven by global surpluses, prices soared for lithium, the light-weight metal used in rechargeable batteries. It’s easy to see why. Booming demand outpaced production thanks to the faster-than-expected growth in global electric-vehicle sales and the aggressive expansion plans of Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors Inc.

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