Chile’s lithium miner SQM warns plans could change as coronavirus hits demand

Chilean miner SQM said the coronavirus outbreak had yet to hit its lithium output, but warned it might have to scale back plans for 2020 if a slump continues in demand for the coveted battery metal. The world’s No. 2 miner of lithium had planned to unleash at least $330 million in 2020 to expand production capacity out of Chile’s Atacama salt flat, according to SQM board chairman Alberto Salas.

Source: Reuters