VANCOUVER, BC, July 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Rock Tech Lithium Inc. (TSXV:RCK) (OTCQX:RCKTF) (FWB: RJIB) (WKN: A1XF0V) (“Rock Tech” or the “Company“) has entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (the “MOU”) with materials distributor and service provider thyssenkrupp Materials Trading GmbH (“thyssenkrupp Materials Trading“) in relation to establishing a strategic partnership to supply lithium spodumene concentrate. Rock Tech plans to refine the mineral from the end of 2024 at its proposed converter in Guben, Germanyinto high-purity lithium hydroxide, a key element in batteries for electric cars and plug-in hybrids.
The MOU between the two companies also includes a framework relating to the purchase of high-purity lithium hydroxide by thyssenkrupp Materials Trading for the battery market, as well as other by-products resulting from the refining process. Thus, the potential partnership is expected to promote a more resilient supply chain for lithium directly out of Germanyfrom raw material sourcing, to refining, to meeting demand of the automotive industry and growing electromobility demands.
Markus Brügmann, Rock Tech’s chief executive officer says: “With thyssenkrupp Materials Trading we have found al global logistics and trading partner that gives us further security in the supply of spodumene. This is expected to give us a broader base for our input stream, which would take us a big step forward on the road to success.”
Wolfgang Schnittkerchief executive officer of thyssenkrupp Materials Trading, says: “The potential partnership with Rock Tech underlines the systematic expansion of our global trading activities in the international battery and electric vehicles industry. The trading of lithium products would add another very important raw material to our supply portfolio for the production of long-life batteries.”
Spodumene is one of the most important raw materials, amongst others, for the production of lithium lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles. For this purpose, the spodumene mineral must be refined into cathode hydroxide, which can then be supplied to cathode manufacturers for the battery industry worldwide. Cathodes are essential components of battery cells. The lithium spodumene concentrate will be used in Rock Tech’s first converter in Guben, Germanywhich is expected to produce battery-grade lithium hydroxide from 2024.
thyssenkrupp Materials Services is the largest mill-independent materials distributor and service provider in the Western world, with around 380 locations -…