Our lithium assets

We produce and deliver sustainable lithium products globally

Our diverse and unparalleled lithium asset portfolio, consisting of both operating assets and development projects, provides us with a vast global reach, scale, and product flexibility. Today we have operating resources in Argentina and Australia and downstream conversion assets in the U.S., China, Japan, and the U.K. We also have multiple ongoing development projects in Argentina (greenfield and brownfield) and Canada (greenfield) to increase production capabilities and our ability to meet the needs of customers around the world. In the U.S., we operate the only integrated mine-to-metal production facility in the Western Hemisphere for high purity lithium metal, a core component of next generation battery technologies.

CATAMARCA PROVINCE, ARGENTINA

Salar Del Hombre Muerto

  • 100% Ownership
  • Lithium Carbonate / Lithium Chloride
  • Operating / Ongoing Expansion

The Salar del Hombre Muerto is the source of high-quality lithium brine. We have been producing at the site since 1997 and have expansion plans underway.

Salar del Hombre Muerto is located in northwest Argentina, in the northeastern portion of Catamarca Province on the border with Salta Province and about 1,300 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires. Minera del Altiplano S.A. (MdA), Livent’s Argentine operating subsidiary, owns and operates the site and related facilities.

The resource has a very high-grade lithium brine with historical production >740 mg/L (605ppm) and very low variability. It is also very large, covering roughly 600 square kilometers (in its entirety) with depths potentially extending to 900+ meters below ground surface. Current production does not extend below 40m and inferred resource only reaches 200m, easily supporting additional expansion.

We use a proprietary form of Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) to concentrate the lithium brine, a technology that speeds up conversion and reduces land use, resulting in a leading sustainability profile. Concentrated salar brine is used as feedstock for downstream lithium production. As of 2023, Livent has 18,000 metric tons of lithium carbonate capacity on site, and 9,000 product metric tons of lithium chloride capacity at Güemes, an offsite plant located a short distance away in Salta Province. This high purity lithium chloride is used primarily as a feedstock for our Other Specialties business.

We are undergoing several phased expansions to increase lithium carbonate production capacity to 100,000 metric tons per year by around the end of the decade. The first expansion is expected to be complete in 2024, taking lithium carbonate capacity to roughly 40,000 metric tons.

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JUJUY PROVINCE, ARGENTINA

Olaroz

  • 66.5% Ownership
  • Lithium Carbonate
  • Operating / Ongoing Expansion

Since 2014, our brine-based lithium facility has supplied lithium carbonate to global customers and is one of the world’s largest producing lithium evaporation pond sites.

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CATAMARCA PROVINCE, ARGENTINA

Sal de Vida

  • 100% Ownership
  • Lithium Carbonate
  • In Development

Sal de Vida is a globally competitive project with high quality brine chemistry that is within 10 kilometers of our operations at Salar del Hombre Muerto.

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JUJUY PROVINCE, ARGENTINA

Cauchari

  • 100% Ownership
  • Lithium Carbonate
  • Pre-Development

In order to add dependable new growth and development capacity, we acquired Cauchari in April 2020. With similar chemistry to the nearby Olaroz, this will enable compatible and efficient development and processing between the two sites.

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Lithium Carbonate to Lithium Hydroxide Conversion

We have lithium hydroxide production assets globally which are fed by internally produced lithium carbonate from Argentina. We have production capacity in the U.S., Japan, and China.

UNITED STATES

Bessemer City

  • 100% Ownership
  • 15,000 metric tons
  • Production & Commissioning

Completed 5,000 metric ton expansion in late 2022 and remains largest U.S. lithium hydroxide producer.

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CHINA

Rugao and Zhejiang

  • Exclusive Contract Manufacturing
  • 30,000 metric tons
  • Production & Commissioning

Completed 15,000 metric ton expansion at new location in Zheijang in late 2023, doubling production capacity in country.

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JAPAN

Naraha

  • 75% Ownership
  • 10,000 metric tons
  • Commissioning

Completed in 2023 with a 75% economic interest via joint venture with partner Toyota Tsusho Corporation. The first of its kind in Japan and designed to convert primary grade lithium carbonate feedstock into purified battery-grade lithium hydroxide.

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QUÉBEC, CANADA

Nemaska Lithium

  • 50% Ownership
  • Spodumene to Lithium Hydroxide
  • In Development

Nemaska Lithium is a fully integrated spodumene to lithium hydroxide development project in Québec that is strategically located to serve the growing lithium demands of North America and Europe.

We have a 50% equity interest in Nemaska Lithium, with the remaining 50% owned by Investissement Québec, an investment arm of the Québec government. We are providing operational support as well as technical and commercial expertise to Nemaska Lithium and have been appointed to engage in sales and marketing efforts on its behalf.

Nemaska Lithium comprises two integrated development projects: the Whabouchi mine and the Bécancour lithium hydroxide plant. Whabouchi is expected to produce 235,000 tons of spodumene concentrate that will serve as the feedstock for 32,000 metrics tons per year of lithium hydroxide capacity at Bécancour.

Commercial production of spodumene concentrate is expected to begin in 2025 and first production of lithium hydroxide is expected in 2026.

The project continues to be very attractive due to its scale, with an asset operating life of over 30 years based on current resource definition, its strong relative cost position, its strategic location to serve growing regional demand, and its favorable sustainability profile, including access to low carbon hydroelectric energy.

There is also additional land available at Bécancour to increase future lithium hydroxide production capacity, which could potentially be fed by James Bay.

UNITED STATES, UNITED KINGDOM & CHINA

Butyllithium

  • 100% Ownership
  • Operating

Our Bessemer City, North Carolina, Bromborough, England, and Zhangjiagang, China facilities service global butyllithium and organometallic compound needs for the polymer and pharmaceutical markets.

We are a leader in the global butyllithium market with production capacity in the U.S., the U.K. and China totaling 3,265 product metric tons. The U.S. and U.K. plants have both been in operation for over 40 years. We have many long-standing customer relationships from our regional network and strong technical support capabilities.

As a vertically integrated producer, low-cost lithium chloride from Güemes serves as the primary feedstock for production.

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UNITED STATES

Lithium Metal & Others

  • 100% Ownership
  • Operating

At our Bessemer City, North Carolina facility, we produce high purity lithium metal, specialty organics, and several other inorganic products.

We are a leader in the high purity metal market with 250 product metric tons of capacity and are the only producer in the Western Hemisphere.

As a vertically integrated producer, low-cost lithium chloride from Güemes serves as the primary feedstock for production.

While primarily serving alloy and non-rechargeable battery applications today, there is strong future growth potential for lithium metal with lithium-ion battery technology advancement, particularly solid state. This is a key focus area for our R&D efforts.

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UNITED STATES

LIOVIX®

  • 100% Ownership
  • In Development

From our CLEAR Lab in North Carolina, we’ve introduced LIOVIX®, a unique printable formulation of lithium metal and other specialty materials that can improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries, reduce manufacturing costs, and enable the next generation of battery technology.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Mt. Cattlin

  • 100% Ownership
  • Spodumene Concentrate
  • Operating

We produce high quality spodumene concentrate at Mt. Cattlin that is qualified in the lithium supply chain globally. It is a mature and stable operation located in a world-class mining jurisdiction.

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QUÉBEC, CANADA

James Bay

  • 100% Ownership
  • Spodumene Concentrate
  • In Development

We’re seeking to develop the James Bay Project in northern Québec as a sustainable hard rock mining operation. This project will maximize the usage of renewable energy and we will utilize the spodumene expertise gained from our operation at Mt. Cattlin.

James Bay is within 100 kilometers of the Nemaska spodumene operation at Whabouchi and there is the potential to integrate and convert this material with additional lithium production capacity expansion at Bécancour (50% ownership of Nemaska Lithium)

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