Coronavirus update: what is happening to South America’s lithium industry?

The coronavirus pandemic is developing rapidly, with the fallout of the virus now affecting all aspects of the lithium ion supply chain to varying extents. The past week has seen a surge in cases in South America and both key lithium producers Chile and Argentina — responsible for 26% and 10%, respectively, of global supply in 2019 according to data from the Benchmark Minerals Lithium Forecast — have started to feel the effects.
Argentina on lockdown, lithium production temporarily suspended
In Argentina, the actions taken by the government of Alberto Fernandez from March 20 through March 31 has seen the . . .


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