Rock Tech Begins Construction on Lithium Hydroxide Conversion Facility

April 3, 2023
Plant in Guben, Germany, will begin production in 2026 and help the EU meet its lithium needs for the electric vehicle market

Canadian lithium chemicals manufacturer Rock Tech Lithium has begun construction on a new plant in Germany.

The lithium hydroxide conversion plant in Guben is the first of five that Rock Tech is planning to build in Europe and North America, according to an EnergyTech article. The Guben plant, with production slated to begin in 2026, will process lithium-bearing hard rock into battery-grade lithium hydroxide for the electric vehicle market.

The project will help the European Union achieve processing 40% of its lithium needs regionally by 2030.

The Guben converter is the first of five converters that Rock Tech plans to build in Europe and North America. The project is expected to start operations in mid-2025 and produce qualified battery-grade lithium hydroxide from 2026.

“Our Guben Converter is spearheading the lithium refining industry in Europe,” said Dirk Harbecke, CEO of Rock Tech. “We focus on zero-waste, sustainable processing and strategic partnerships. As a Canadian-German company we are building bridges and opportunities across the Atlantic and further to Australia, the world largest global lithium spodumene producer.”

The article referenced in this story originally ran as “Canadian firm building Lithium Hydroxide Conversion plant in Germany” on EnergyTech an Endeavor Business Media partner site.