Rio Tinto to expand business into lithium industry

By Carrie Shi
Published: Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Rio Tinto is planning to step into the lithium industry in the United States following the booming prospects for the new energy vehicles (NEVs) sector.

Rio Tinto will pilot the production of lithium salts following a study to extract lithium from waste rock at their borates mine in the Mojave Desert in California, the company said.

Should the pilot scheme succeed in producing its forecast 10 tonnes per year of lithium salts, the miner plans...

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