"The Global X Lithium ETF is an efficient way to invest in what we refer to as a ‘green’ commodity because of its direct correlation to the renewable energy market, such as electric cars and energy storage," said Bruno del Ama, CEO of Global X Funds.
The ETF tracks the Solactive Global Lithium Index, which is designed to reflect performance of the largest and most liquid lithium battery producing and mining and refining companies in the world. As of July 13, 2010, the three largest components of the ETF are lithium producers SQM from Chile, FMC Corporation and Rockwood Holdings from the US.
Canada Lithium Corp. President and CEO Peter Secker said he wasn’t surprised by the Company’s inclusion in an ETF that ranks it with major lithium carbonate producers/near-development companies and the major players in the battery field.
"Our strategy is to build a lithium mining and processing operation near Val d’Or, in the regional heart of Quebec’s mining industry and become the third or fourth largest battery-grade lithium carbonate producer in the world," he said. "We could be capable of supplying the growing demand for lithium carbonate at a rate of roughly 43 million pounds per annum by late 2012."
Global X noted that the basket of lithium-related equities in its ETF will give investors access to the complete lithium value chain, from mining and refining through lithium battery production. As of July 13, 2010, 51% of the index includes lithium battery manufacturers, while 49% of the index consists of lithium mining and refining companies.
"Lithium is the lightest metal," said Jose C. Gonzalez, COO of Global X Funds. "When processed it has the capacity to store electric energy more efficiently than any other material. Efficient electric energy storage is necessary for all green energy products and the computer systems that control them – like electric cars, solar, wind and water power."
Global X Funds is one of the most innovative and fastest growing family of exchange- traded funds. Funds include a suite of Brazil and China sector-specific ETFs and Silver and Copper Miners ETFs, among others. Global X Funds will continue to bring innovative tools to investors, as indicated by its recent filings with the SEC, which include Uranium and Aluminum ETFs.
Canada Lithium Corp. is a Canadian-based "clean tech" mine developer trading under the symbol CLQ on the TSX and on the U.S. OTCQX market under the symbol CLQMD. The Company is in the midst of a definitive Feasibility Study (FS) by engineering firm BBA Inc. of Montreal on its Quebec Lithium Project near Val d’Or, the geographical heart of the Quebec mining industry.
A positive FS would lead to construction of an open pit mine and processing plant capable of producing by late 2012 approximately 43 million pounds of battery-grade lithium carbonate to meet the growing needs of the emerging global market for electric and hybrid electric vehicles. It has an agreement with Japanese metals trading firm, Mitsui and Co. Ltd., to market a portion of Canada Lithium Corp.’s product in China, Korea and Japan. Metallurgical tests have produced battery-grade lithium from deposit samples.