MinRes has announced plans to further support the world’s renewable energy future by becoming Australia’s first battery cell manufacturer.
Our Managing Director, Chris Ellison, has outlined his vision to capitalise on a global push towards electric vehicles by progressing MinRes further down the battery supply chain.
MinRes operates a portfolio of world-class lithium assets including two of the largest hard rock lithium mines in the world – Mt Marion in the Goldfields and Wodgina in the Pilbara of Western Australia. Through our joint venture partnership with US company Albemarle, we’ve also achieved first production of lithium hydroxide at the jointly owned Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant near Bunbury in Western Australia.
Now we’re looking to take the next big leap in lithium by growing battery manufacturing capability in Australia, with research under way on the potential construction of a hydroxide processing facility at our Wodgina mine.
This unique opportunity supports our vision to do more with resources developed locally in Australia.
“I believe we can create more value with our resources – giving back to Australia with new high-tech jobs, economic activity and the security of our sovereign capability” our Managing Director, Chris Ellison said
“MinRes is well-placed to use its current position in the lithium market to continue down the battery supply chain, starting with the production of battery-grade hydroxide at Wodgina.”
MinRes’ ambition is to leverage global demand and our unique position in the market to capture the full battery supply chain – working with the world’s best companies in joint venture arrangements to manufacture battery cells in Australia.
By joining forces with some of the world’s best industry partners MinRes will be ideally placed to become Australia’s first battery cell manufacturer.
“We have all the components to produce batteries right here in Australia. All we need is a company with the ambition and the international partnerships and investment to get it done,” Ellison said.
“As the world races towards decarbonisation, it’s not just good business – it’s the right thing to do.”