Renault Group secures lithium deal with Vulcan Energy
Vulcan Energy announces another prominent customer for the supply of lithium extracted from thermal water in the Upper Rhine Graben. Renault is the second carmaker after the Stellantis Group banking on battery metal coming through the German-Australian company.
GM to source Lithium in the USA
General Motors has agreed a strategic investment and collaboration with Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR) to secure lithium from the US. The cooperation is intended to accelerate the introduction of lithium extraction methods that have a less harmful impact on the environment.
Infinity Lithium to supply LG ES with Spanish lithium
A freshly signed letter of intent between the Australian mining company Infinity Lithium and LG Energy Solution provides for the commodities group to supply the South Korean battery manufacturer with battery-grade lithium hydroxide from its Spanish project in San Jose for at least five years.
Kia & SK Innovation plan circular EV battery economy
In South Korea, Kia Motors and SK Innovation have joined forces to build a circular economy for electric vehicle batteries. This involves the follow-up use of end-of-life electric car batteries as stationary energy storage units as well as the recycling of materials such as lithium, nickel and cobalt.
AMG Lithium to build lithium hydroxide plant in Germany
AMG Lithium GmbH, a subsidiary of the Dutch Advanced Metallurgical Group (AMG), has acquired a plot of land in the Bitterfeld-Wolfen Chemical Park. A lithium hydroxide plant is to be built there by 2023, not far from the planned battery plant of Daimler partner Farasis.
Johnson Matthey to build cathode plant in Finland
British chemical company Johnson Matthey has announced the construction of a new factory for the production of its nickel-rich eLNO cathode materials. This will be built as part of a strategic partnership with Finnish Minerals Group (FMG) in Finland.
Decree annulled on Bolivian-German lithium deal
In the Potosi region of Bolivia, the deal between privately owned German company ACI Systems and the state-owned Bolivian company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB ) has been annulled by the cabinet of ministers of President Evo Morales.
Johnson Matthey to build cathode material plant in Poland
Chemical company Johnson Matthey has announced the construction of a new factory for the production of its battery cathode materials. This year will see the begin of construction of the production facility in Konin, Poland, after which production should start in 2021 or 2022.
Bolivia selects Germany to mine huge lithium deposit
Bolivia’s state-owned lithium minier Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) has selected the German company ACI Systems as a strategic partner to industrialise the lithium deposit of Salar de Uyuni, the country’s vast salt lake. This bears its own problems for extraction.
Tesla secures long term lithium hydroxide supply
The Chinese firm Ganfeng Lithium has signed an agreement with Tesla for the delivery of lithium hydroxide. The agreement runs from 2018 until 2020, with an option to extend for another three years. Ganfeng Lithium will deliver one fifth of their total lithium hydroxide stock to Tesla.