FMC had previously announced plans to triple its global lithium hydroxide production capacity to serve the growing electric vehicle market, with the first 4,000 metric tons per year scheduled to come on line in mid-2017. As a result of today's announcement, an additional 4,000 metric ton expansion will come on line in 2017, raising the company's total global lithium hydroxide capacity to 18,000 metric tons.
"We partner closely with leading manufacturers of lithium ion batteries and electric vehicles to ensure our production meets their current and future demand," said Tom Schneberger, vice president and global business director, FMC Lithium. "Our manufacturing network is highly flexible, which allows us to increase capacity or accelerate expansion plans as customer needs warrant."
Over the next several years, FMC plans to further increase capacity of lithium hydroxide, raising the company's annual output to at least 30,000 metric tons.
For more than a century, FMC Corporation has served the global agricultural, industrial and consumer markets with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. FMC acquired Cheminova in April 2015. Revenue totaled approximately $3.3 billion in 2015. FMC employs approximately 6,000 people throughout the world and operates its businesses in three segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition and FMC Lithium. For more information, visit www.FMC.com.
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