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Top Latin American Lithium Exporters

Tatiana Rodriguez | Latin Trade

Chile’s SQM stands out as the region’s top lithium exporter, accounting for 48 percent of the region’s total, according to Latin Trade’s most recent ranking of the Top Lithium Exporters. 

SQM exported more than 61 thousand tons of lithium in 2020. 

In terms of countries, Chile accounts for almost 80 percent of total Latin American lithium exports, followed by Argentina with 21 percent. 

In second and third place are Chile’s Albermale, with 39.6 thousand tons, and Argentina’s Minera del Altiplano, with 15 thousand tons. 

Lithium is used across a wide range of industries, including metallurgy, ceramics, electronic and chemicals, but the dominant use for lithium is in the manufacture of lithium ion batteries and electronic batteries for electric vehicles and portable devices such as mobile phones and laptop computers. 

To view and download the full ranking, click below:

Download “Top-lithium-exporters-2020.xlsx” Top-lithium-exporters-2020.xlsx – 28 KB

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