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Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Hires Albemarle Japan Executive as it Continues Expansion of its Price Assessment Division

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London, Jun. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (Benchmark Minerals) is delighted to announce that Mori Mitsuhiro has been appointed Principal Consultant – Asia.

Based in Tokyo, Japan, Mitsuhiro will be responsible for strengthening Benchmark Minerals’ Price Assessment process in Japan and Korea together with analysing the anode and cathode links in the lithium ion battery supply chain.

Mitsuhiro is a true battery supply chain expert and joins Team Benchmark from Albemarle, one of the world’s leading lithium chemicals producers.

In his career Mitsuhiro has worked for NEC Corp, cathode and anode powder chemistry experts Zeon Corp, OMG Japan, Freeport Cobalt and most recently Albemarle.

Mori Mitsuhiro, Benchmark Minerals’ new Principal Consultant – Asia, said:

“Having known the team since 2015, Benchmark Minerals’ price assessments, data and analysis has been the world’s top tier source for me.

“It is fantastic to be joining such a fast growing intelligence firm that is number one in our industry and I am very pleased to be a part of the team.

“I started my professional career as a lithium ion battery researcher at NEC. I’ve moved to the upstream industries of cobalt and lithium through to functional materials like polymer binders.

“I do believe supply chain management and materials technology are the critical components to managing and meeting the surging demand for electric vehicles (EV). I look forward to bringing both my commercial and technical know-how to Benchmark Minerals’ clients and facilitate growth of the entire industry.”

Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence said:

“Mori has a truly unique set of experiences in the lithium ion battery supply chain from the nuances of cobalt producer Freeport Cobalt for rapidly developing cathode chemistries, to the lithium supply chain from his time at Albemarle.

“Crucially, each role has been pivotal in identifying where the technical requirements meet the commercial demands of the market – Mori’s expertise in both of these camps is second to none.

“Understanding these nuances will make or break a company’s plans in the 21st century lithium ion battery and electric vehicle industry. This deep knowledge, strategic mindset, and critical thinking is fundamental to what makes Benchmark Minerals expert at what we do.

“Having Mori join us doubles down on our number one position in offering focused Price Assessments, Forecasting and Advisory services to every major market in the world, and helps grow our presence in Japan, Korea and China.

“Mori joins recent team member additions from Tesla and SQM in what is an aggressive, focused, yet organic build out of capacity within Benchmark Minerals to match the surging demand for our services.

“It is a true pleasure to have Mori join our growing team at Benchmark Minerals.”


Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (Benchmark Minerals) is the world’s leading voice and most trusted provider of data and advisory services in the lithium ion battery and electric vehicle (EV) supply chain.

Benchmark Minerals is globally known for setting the lithium industry’s reference price which is relied upon to negotiate contracts between actors in the industry, including lithium extraction operators, cathode manufacturers, battery cell producers and automotive OEMs. The Company also produces regular price assessments on cobalt chemicals and graphite and also tracks lithium ion megafactory capacity build out.

Benchmark Minerals also provides Forecasting & Consultancy services that are relied upon by a wide range of customers, from governments, electronics manufacturers, EV makers, battery cell producers, and mining companies. Premium Quarterly Forecast reports are provided for the lithium, cobalt and graphite industries, including cost curves and a fully linked supply and demand model allowing easy scenario analysis.

Our single-client advisory services provide actionable and implementable recommendations in the form of supply chain workshops, lenders market reports and input to feasibility studies. 

To complement its publishing activities, Benchmark Minerals has created the industry’s leading platform to discuss the subject – The Benchmark World Tour. Starting in 2015, the annual series offers free investment and industry seminars, and has grown to 17 cities in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Benchmark Minerals also hosts an industry gathering for the lithium ion supply chain in Q4 of each year. Benchmark Minerals Week consists of two main conferences, Graphite & Anodes and Cathodes, and is the world’s meeting place to negotiate deals and network.


Benchmark Minerals’ data, insight, and understanding of the subject is unrivalled, as witnessed by repeat testimony to the US Senate in 2017 and 2019. In addition, Benchmark Minerals has been invited to give guest lectures at the University of Oxford, Stanford University, the Royal Institution, and advised the UK Government.

The EV and battery supply chain is Benchmark Minerals’ sole focus and speciality.

Source: Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Limited via GLOBE NEWSWIRE

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