PHOTO CAPTION: Salar de Uyuni has one of highest concentrations of lithium carbonate in the world.

World's Lithium Industry to Converge on Santiago

Lithium supply in wake of battery demand to be under the spotlight at Lithium Supply & Markets, 26-28 January 2009, Santiago, Chile

Published: 31-Oct-2008

In the past three years demand for lithium derivatives – predominately lithium carbonate – has rocketed, fuelled by the ever increasing development of the lithium-ion battery industry (automotives, and electronics)

Industrial Minerals’ (IM) inaugural event, Lithium Supply & Markets (LSM09), 26-28 January 2009, Santiago, Chile, for the first time will focus on the cause of feverish interest in lithium – the lithium-ion battery and its prospective role in solving one of the world’s most revolutionary of technological challenges – satisfying increasing demand for auto mobility at a time when oil is peaking.

IM’s Consultant Editor and Conference Chairman, Gerry Clarke, comments, ““There could not be a better opportunity for anybody with a vested interest in the path for future automotive mobility than attending this event as it offers the closest first hand authoritative and objective appraisal of what will be the role for lithium along that path.”

Senior Assistant Editor and lithium commentator at IM, Simon Moores, explained: “Development in the lithium-ion battery industry continues at a relentless pace, and electrification of vehicles is now a matter of when, not if. This has been underlined by recent events, particularly Warren Buffett’s September 2008 purchase of a 10% stake in the world’s second largest battery maker, China’s BYD; this showcase conference could not be better timed as a forum for high level networking.”

Veteran lithium industry geologist, Keith Evans, opens the conference by addressing the very question of resources and reserves adequacy followed by landmark presentations from lithium producers SQM (Chile), Chemetall (Germany), FMC Lithium (USA), Talison (Australia), and Chengdu Tianqi Industry Group (China).

The recent opening of the world’s largest lithium resource, the Salar del Uyuni is explained by Bolivia’s Minster of Mining and Metallurgy, Luis Alberto Echazu, with reserves and technological perspectives outlined by COMIBOL, Bolivia’s enterprise for development of the salar.

At the heart of the event is the Professor Martin Winter of Muenster University in Germany looks at the science behind lithium-ion and asks if it is mature enough for electric vehicles. Ford Motor Co’s Ted Miller lays out the automotive requirements whilst veteran technology metals and automotive specialist, Jack Lifton, looks at where lithium may well have its role in vehicle electrification evolution.

TRU Group President, Edward Anderson, provides the overture for the second day on new and emerging lithium producers by examining the question of sustainability of lithium supplies in the face of prospective substantial growth.

China’s rapid development of its own lithium resources and industry is the keynote for Roskill Information Services’ Robert Baylis, while new sources are examined by Rincon Lithium (Argentina) Western Lithium Corp. (hectorite), and Black Pearl Minerals.

The conference concludes with some thought provoking commentary from lithium economics analyst, Juan Carlos Zuleta. How man allocates scarce resources is what economics is all about and there’s more to think about than merely how much of anything there is in the ground and technically available.

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