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International Lithium Association (ILiA), the global voice of the lithium industry,  welcomes 12 new Associate Members

London, UK, December 15th 2021

ILiA, the new not-for-profit trade body representing the global lithium industry, has welcomed 12 new Associate Members coming from across the lithium value chain, including representatives from new lithium mining projects (Rio Tinto), battery materials companies (BASF), battery manufacturers (SVOLT), and engineering companies (Hatch). 

ILiA was formed earlier this year by leading lithium producers to support the industry during a time of unprecedented market growth. Driven by growth in electric vehicle production, demand for lithium is forecast to increase by almost 6 times in the period to 2040 according to Wood Mackenzie. Faced with rapid growth, change and attention, lithium producers saw an urgent need for the industry to form an association that could efficiently and effectively address common challenges, such as promoting a sustainable lithium value chain as we move forward into the lithium century.

The five founding Core Members of ILiA are SQM, Ganfeng Lithium, AMG Brazil, Orocobre and Pilbara Minerals, and they have been joined by 12 founding Associate Members:

  • Adionics offers a unique direct lithium extraction process, which is simply temperature driven and does not need any reagents or pre-treatment of the brine.
  • Anson Resources Ltd, an Australian-based exploration and development company that is developing the Paradox Basin Brine Project in Utah, USA.
  • BASF, the leading chemical company and a supplier of performance cathode active materials (CAM) for electrified vehicles to battery producers and automotive OEMs around the world.
  • provides services to the lithium industry including finance, logistics, information and investment. Clients include lithium leaders in Australia and China.
  • Galvanic Energy, LLC, owner of a 112,000-acre lithium brine prospect in the Smackover Formation of southern Arkansas, USA.
  • Hatch Ltd, a global engineering group with considerable experience in the design, construction and operation of lithium hardrock refineries and brine salar operations.
  • Minviro Ltd, a specialist in conducting life cycle assessments across the lithium and battery material value chain
  • Rio Tinto, a leading global mining group that is developing the Jadar project in Serbia, one of the largest greenfield lithium-boron projects in the world.
  • Savannah Resources Plc, a mineral resource development company that owns the Barroso Lithium Project in Portugal, Western Europe’s most significant spodumene deposit.
  • Sibanye Stillwater Limited, a diversified multinational mining company with investments in Keliber Oy in Finland and the Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron project in Nevada, USA.
  • SCT (Sichuan Calciner Technology Co., Ltd), the leading specialist engineer of lithium processing plants and equipment in China with over 20 production trains operational.
  • SVOLT Energy Technology Co., Ltd, a global high-tech company and leading producer of lithium-ion batteries and battery systems for electric vehicles. A spin-off of the Chinese automobile manufacturer Great Wall Motors.

Membership of ILiA is open to the entire lithium supply chain, from producers and processors to OEMs and recyclers. The Association is based in London, UK, and its Founding Chairman, Mr Anand Sheth stated “On behalf of the Founding Members, we welcome the new Associate Members in building and strengthening the Association and to collectively become ‘the voice of the lithium industry’”.

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