Construction Starts on €120m German Lithium Refinery

May 2022

Dutch company AMG Lithium, a subsidiary of the Advanced Metallurgical Group, has broken ground on the first of five lithium production modules in Bitterfeld-Wolfen in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt. The firm is investing EUR 120 million in the project.

The facility will produce lithium hydride, a main element in the batteries for electric vehicles. Construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2023. The lithium processed at the plant will be obtained from an AMG-owned mine in Brazil. Initial production will be 20,000 tons, rising to 100,000 tons when all five modules are completed.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, AMG Chairman Heinz Schimmelbusch said the decision to locate the facility in Bitterfeld-Wolfen was influenced by the positive experience the company has had in the area and the high-quality workforce there.

The groundbreaking ceremony © AMG