Issue Date: July 20, 2015
Albemarle Adds, Subtracts Lithium
Albemarle is expanding lithium carbonate capacity with the start-up of a $200 million plant in La Negra, Chile. Full production is set to begin at the 20,000-metric-ton-per-year plant during the third quarter. The company says the new output will help meet growing demand from lithium-ion battery makers. Separately, Albemarle will close its New Johnsonville, Tenn., n-butyllithium plant and transfer production to facilities in Germany and Taiwan by the beginning of 2016. The move will put production closer to customers, the firm says.
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