Ford strikes lithium deals to support step up in EV output

Mining News Pro - Ford Motor Co. reached a series of deals to buy lithium from projects in Canada to Chile, as automakers rush to secure the materials needed to build electric vehicles.

Codelco launches subsidiaries to manage lithium takeover plan

Mining News Pro - Chilean state miner Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, said on Friday it had created two subsidiaries to run a newly mandated lithium business amid a government plan to increase state control over the industry.

WA welcomes more critical minerals

Mining News Pro - International Graphite (IG6) has secured a site for its planned battery anode material manufacturing plant.

SQM to start lithium talks with Codelco in coming weeks

Mining News Pro - Chile’s lithium miner SQM is set to start talks about lithium projects with state miner Codelco in the coming weeks, the firm’s chief executive officer Ricardo Ramos told analysts in a quarterly earnings call on Thursday.

Tianqi Lithium exec sees more sector mergers and acquisitions

Mining News Pro - Tianqi Lithium, one of the world’s biggest lithium producers, expects more consolidation in the lithium industry, an executive at the group said on Tuesday, following a $10.6 billion merger announced last week between Allkem Ltd and Livent Corp.

Chile mines minister clarifies controversial new lithium strategy

Mining News Pro - A decision by Chile, the world’s no. 2 lithium producer, to tighten control over the key battery metal sector has triggered speculation on what the announced state-led public-private model will look like and how it may affect the global industry.

Sinomine suspends Zimbabwe lithium ops over authorities’ concerns

Mining News Pro - China’s Sinomine Resource Group’s Zimbabwe lithium unit on Monday said it had halted operations for a week after unspecified administrative concerns raised by the authorities.

Allkem and Livent merger creates a lithium behemoth

Mining News Pro - Allkem and Livent have signed a definitive agreement to merge the two companies, creating a US$10.6 billion (A$15.7 billion) global lithium giant.

Albemarle aims to expand Chile lithium mine in 2028 with new technology

Mining News Pro - Brine pools from a Albemarle’s lithium mine. (File image) Albemarle Corp hopes to expand its lithium operations in Chile’s Atacama salt flat as early as 2028 with direct lithium extraction (DLE) technology under its current government contract, Ignacio Mehech, the company’s Chile manager, told Reuters.

Brazilian iron ore state wants to lure lithium investors

Mining News Pro - The Brazilian state with some of the world’s biggest iron ore mines wants to attract investors to its lithium deposits in a bid to feed growing demand for the key material in electric-vehicle batteries.

Brazilian iron ore state wants to lure lithium investors

Mining News Pro - The Brazilian state with some of the world’s biggest iron ore mines wants to attract investors to its lithium deposits in a bid to feed growing demand for the key material in electric-vehicle batteries.

China slams Canada PM Trudeau’s slave labor comment, threatens ‘consequences

Mining News Pro - China sharply criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comment that linked Chinese-produced lithium to slave labor, and warned Canada could face consequences if it continues “denigrating maliciously” the human rights situation in China.

Rio Tinto wants lithium assets, but not at current prices

Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto chief executive, Jakob Stausholm, said the company continues to be “very interested” in finding lithium projects to add to its portfolio, but noted the current cost of such assets are too high.

Albemarle aims to use new lithium tech in Chile as govt broadens control

Mining News Pro - Albemarle Corp plans to deploy new lithium filtration technologies in Chile as the government moves to broader control over its vast lithium sector and expand production of the metal used to make electric vehicle (EV) batteries, chief executive Kent Masters said on Thursday.

Chile’s state lithium push emerges as test for Latam resource nationalism

Mining News Pro - Chilean President Gabriel Boric’s pitch last week to enshrine greater state control over lithium is emerging as the latest test for the resource nationalism embraced by Latin America’s ascendant left but which has proven tough to implement in practice.

Peru wants to seize lithium ‘window of opportunity,’ says minister

Mining News Pro - Peru’s economy minister on Thursday said “conditions were being established” to develop lithium mining projects in the country, a week after Chile launched a plan to boost state control of the industry.

SQM expects to start talks on lithium with government soon

Mining News Pro - Chilean lithium miner SQM expects to start talks about lithium with Chilean authorities soon, its Chairman Gonzalo Guerrero said in a letter to shareholders Wednesday.

Argentina plans to produce 200,000 tonnes of lithium by 2025

Mining News Pro - Argentina expects lithium exports to reach $5.6 billion by 2025. The figure is based on the production of 200,000 annual tonnes of the battery metal thanks to the development of six new projects in addition to the output of two existing lithium mines, information released by the Mining Secretariat states.

SQM weighs hard choices in Chile amid $3.7bn share wipeout

Mining News Pro - The Chilean government’s announcement of a new lithium model is giving the nation’s biggest producer some hard choices, and its shareholders a reason to sell.

Chile moves ahead with public-private lithium model via Codelco

Mining News Pro - Chilean state-owned copper companies Codelco and Enami are holding talks with private-sector firms to develop lithium deposits in a country that holds the world’s biggest reserves of the battery metal.

Water-based batteries store more energy than previously thought

Mining News Pro - Researchers at Texas A&M University discovered that water-based battery electrodes store more energy than previously thought.

Sumitomo Metal Mining to produce lithium from 2028

Mining News Pro - Sumitomo Metal Mining will begin producing lithium, a metal used in batteries for electric vehicles, from 2028, the Nikkei business daily reported on Monday.

US-based researchers push for more realistic battery science

Mining News Pro - Battery researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are proposing the idea of fundamental science taking into account the way industry works when it comes to developing EV components.

Chinese lithium producers set price floor as demand evaporates

Mining News Pro - China’s top lithium producers agreed this week to set a floor price of 250,000 yuan ($36,380) per tonne of lithium carbonate, six people familiar with the matter said, in an effort to slow a plunge in the price of the battery raw material.

Sayona, Piedmont Lithium restart commercial production at NAL project in Quebec

Mining News Pro - Piedmont Lithium and Sayona Mining announced on Thursday that commercial spodumene concentrate production has restarted at their jointly owned North American Lithium (NAL) project in Quebec.

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