LITHIUM AND DERIVATIVES

Lithium and its derivatives constitute a key input for the development of electromobility and the technologies that are moving the world; It is also very important for the pharmaceutical industry and for industrial uses. As one of the largest producers in the world in this market and with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the market, we are committed to the development and sustainability of the lithium industry, where our effort aims to deliver high quality products in a timely manner. , but also to make significant investments in order to guarantee the availability of the product.

USES AND APPLICATIONS OF LITHIUM

We are one of the largest lithium producers in the world operating in the Salar de Atacama in Chile, where there are vast reserves of lithium-containing brines. Lithium plays a crucial role in different applications: energy storage in electric cars, special mirrors for advanced telescopes, lubricating greases and health, among others.

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LITHIUM CARBONATE

Given its versatility, lithium carbonate is used in various industries, such as electronics, ceramics, glass, etc. Due to its high electrochemical potential and being the lightest solid element, its main use is as a cathode material in lithium ion batteries. These batteries have had a strong and growing demand in recent times, mainly due to the great growth of the electric vehicle market, but for their use in laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras, SQM produces lithium carbonate at its Salar del Carmen, near Antofagasta, Chile, from solutions with high concentrations of lithium from the Salar de Atacama.

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LITHIUM HYDROXIDE

Lithium hydroxide is used mainly in the production of lubricating greases that can work under extreme conditions of temperature and load. Approximately 70% of the lubricating greases produced in the world contain lithium. Lithium hydroxide is also used in batteries and dyes. SQM produces lithium hydroxide at its Salar del Carmen plant, near Antofagasta, Chile, from lithium carbonate that is produced in the same plant.

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