By K. Warner
For Metal Tech News 

Industry playing catch-up with lithium

Major miners still seem reluctant to capitalize on demand Metal Tech News - May 17, 2023


Last updated 5/30/2023 at 3:09pm

Rich blue lithium evaporation pools at Allkem's Olaroz project in Argentina.

Allkem's Olaroz project in Argentina. Australia's hard rock mines are the world's biggest supplier, with Argentina, Chile and China mainly producing lithium with brine from salt lakes.

At first glance, it appears that mining giants have been slow on the uptake during the booming market for battery materials. This may demonstrate an unusual lack of forethought, or over the next few years, may actually prove they've been two steps ahead.

In less than a decade, the likes of lithium, cobalt, and graphite went from minor materials to a demand so intense that several electric vehic...

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