Australia: The land of lithium?

By IM Staff
Published: Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Australia was the biggest producer of lithium in 2015, according to the USGS, but its place in the market has often been overshadowed by the brine suppliers of South America. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, gives an overview of the Australian lithium mining sector and looks at where this industry could go, if projected the growth in demand for Li-ion batteries materialises.

Australia’s significance as a source of lithium is generally acknowledged, but arguably not fully appreciated.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), Australia was the world’s largest lithium producer in 2015, at 13,000 tonnes, with Chile second, at 11,700 tonnes. Chile and Australia are in a league of their...

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