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Move with Lithium

Who are we?

About us

Albemarle is a global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of high engineered specialty chemicals. We power the potential of people by valuing the safety and well-being of each other. We are committed to sustainability and doing our part to make the world a better place, today and tomorrow.

How we do it

Albemarle is a leader in the development of new resources for lithium production and pioneered the brine extraction that accounts for most of today's production. Our continuous research and development of cutting-edge technologies includes the extraction of spodumene and lithium salts, processing of brines and the production of lithium carbonate and chloride.

We are longtime allies of Chile in the development of the lithium. Our experience and global leadership enable Chile and other countries to take advantage of this critical mineral resource.

Our purpose

Making the world safe and sustainable by powering the potential of people inspires and motivates us to execute our strategy, support our stakeholders, and create lasting value that will benefit the next generation, and beyond.

Dual sourcing available for a stronger future

Chile has access to large deposits with top one grade to support our customers.

  • Rockwood/Tianqi JV formed with Talison Lithium with access to the best ore grade.
  • Greenbushes rich ore deposit enables concentrate production with 50% of mine processing relative to peers and a unique carbon footprint advantage, operated by Talison.

Our History in Chili

Our History in ChilE

We live in an era of energy transition. Chile, especially the Antofagasta Region, has all the conditions to be a significant contributor to the electrification and digitization of the world. Albemarle is one of the largest lithium producers and we are at the forefront of lithium development. For over 40 years, we’ve worked with The Production Development Corporation (CORFO - a Chilean governmental organization) to sustainably produce lithium for the benefit of both Albemarle and the Chilean people.



electric car

Batteries for Electric Vehicles / HEV / PHEV Batteries


Energy efficiency
Power Grid and Solar Panels


Phones / Pads PCs Power tools


Specialty Glass Cooktop stoves / Electronic device covers


Grease Machinery


Health ‍Vitamins / Zeolites / X-ray Imaging


Pharma HIV / Hypertension / Mood Disorder


Cars Tires / Air bags


Agriculture Herbicides / Fungicides


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report assessed how global warming might change the world in the coming decades, after reviewing more than 14,000 scientific papers. If current levels of greenhouse gas emission continue, the planet could exceed a key global temperature limit in just over a decade.

Transportation is responsible for more than 30% of CO2 emissions in the EU, of which 72% comes from vehicles. In Chile, the transport sector is responsible for more than 22% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Europe, China, and the United States are increasing the adoption of electric vehicles to tackle climate change. This global outlook challenges us to look for more efficient systems that allow us to increase sustainable lithium production with the same amount of permitted brine.

An average-sized private vehicle that travels 15,000 kilometers per year can emit between 2 to 3 tons of CO2 in that period, which is equivalent to at least half of the annual CO2 per capita of Chileans. In the case of public transportation, an electric bus can avoid the emission of about 54 tons of CO2 per year.

Lithium is a critical element in the ongoing electrification and digitization transformation because of its unique energy storage properties:
  • EVs do not emit pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides or particulate matter, through the tailpipe.

  • Brakes and tire wear still emit particulates, but generally less than diesel or gasoline vehicles.

  • They do not emit noise.

In the Salar De Atacama, how we extract lithium is as important as how much we produce.

As demand for lithium grows, we are aware that our own growth must be sustainable. Albemarle is committed to the safe, responsible, and sustainable management of our products throughout their life cycles and for their intended uses. We are working with the communities, authorities, and stakeholders to build a long-term relationship based on trust.

What to know about brine

Brine Permit

Two companies extract brine from the Salar de Atacama to produce lithium. We use solar power to naturally concentrate the brine.

Water Permit

The lithium production process does not require fresh water. We only use it to wash equipment and potassium.
Albemarle has only 0.5% of the total fresh Water Rights.

How Brine is different from freshwater?

Brine is ten times saltier than seawater, and cannot be used for human consumption or agriculture. the brine is extracted from beneath the salt flats, where it has accumulated for millions of years

brine water


We have 150 brine wells in the Salar basin, which are monitored in real-time and in conjunction
with the indigenous communities of the Salar de Atacama and reported to environmental authorities.

The water evaporated from brine (3,840 liters) to produce a 64kwh battery is equivalent to the water to produce:

Half pair of jeans

250g or a half-pound of beef

30 cups of coffee

Hydrogeological Model

Albemarle obtained a new environmental permit (2016) after developing a new hydrogeological model of the Salar De Atacama to support the sustainability and balance of the ecosystem.

    • This study was conducted for eight years

    • Cost more than $20 million USD

    • With the new model, Albemarle established the highest standard for the sustainable extraction of brine in the Salar de Atacama.

    • This model is the most up-to-date tool available and serves as the basis for authorities, communities, and other companies with operations in the area.

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Being sustainable is not an option, it's an obligation

In September 2021, we initiated an independent third-party assessment using the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) standards at our Salar de Atacama Plant. RM Certification and Verification Services (ERM CVS), an IRMA-approved certification body, is conducting the audit at Albemarle. We are the first lithium producer in the world to initiate such an assessment. 

The IRMA standard is considered worldwide as the most comprehensive and rigorous certification standard to ensure responsible mining.

  What is IRMA?

Conditions for operating in Chile

  • operating with Chili
    Our contract with the government of Chile, through CORFO, allows us to operate in Chile until 2043. It sets a series of requirements with which we are proud to comply.
  • solar
    By 2043, Albemarle will have invested $300 million in development projects. It is considered the largest private sector contribution.
  • We voluntary share 3.5% of the profits from our sales with the indigenous groups living in the Salar de Atacama.
  • We contribute to the financing of a Circular Economy Center and an Electromobility Consortium in Chile.
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Sustainable Lithium for the World

Participatory Environmental Monitoring

Albemarle has a close relationship with the Council of Atacameño Peoples (CPA).

In 2016, Albemarle and the CPA signed an unprecedented and historic "Cooperation, Sustainability and Mutual Benefit" agreement, in force to this day and which marked a new paradigm of understanding between a mining company and an indigenous community.

Joint Commitments for Sustainability with:
Leader in Community Engagement
Voluntary Cooperation Agreement with Atacameño People

Our Community Agreements

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    • Construction of photovoltaic plants in the communities of Camar and Machuca, reducing reliance on diesel generators.

    • Installation of solar panels in 100% homes in Catarpe.

    • Installation of drinking water network in the Communities of Río Grande, Machuca, Camar and others.

    • 5 communities have built community centers.

    • Repopulation Program in the community of Guatín by constructing of 40 homes – allowing community members to return to ancestral village.

    • Installation of public lighting in the community of Machuca.

    • Financial support program for the elderly in the communities of Solcor and Catarpe.

    • More than 400 scholarships give to students.