The lightest of all metals!

Discovered in 1817 by the Swedish chemist Johan August Arfwedson, I am one of the three elements synthesized during the Big Bang along with hydrogen and helium. Derived from a Greek word, my name means stone.

Highly reactive and inflammable, I do not exist in my pure state in the natural environment. I am extracted from rock, clay and brine in small quantities. Present all over the world, I am most abundant in Latin America.

More than 30% of my production worldwide is used to manufacture batteries but I am also used in other industries for the manufacture of heat-resistant glass and ceramics, lubricants, steel and aluminium, rubber, etc.

With the development of electric cars, I am needed more and more and am currently enjoying 25% growth in demand every year. I am one of the highly strategic elements used in energy storage.

I am Lithium.


Leader in advanced fluorinated technology

Solvay produces LiTFSI (lithium bis-trifluoromethanesulfonimide) and its derivatives since more than 10 years thanks to a unique, sustainable and competitive patented process, providing global electronic solution. Solvay LiTFSI is the lithium salt market reference with outstanding electrochemical properties, high stability (chemical and thermal) that ensure safety and performance to its main end-use applications: electric vehicles, e-bikes, flat panel screens, smartphone, laptop & powertools. 

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Reducing the environmental footprint of lithium production


The world has never needed so many batteries