Albemarle is a world leader in transforming essential resources into critical ingredients for mobility, energy, connectivity, and health.
From modest beginnings more than 100 years ago, Albemarle today leverages its strengths across lithium and bromine, partnering with customers to pioneer new pathways for modern living and a sustainable future. Global demand for lithium underpins the world’s green energy transition and Albemarle is helping to meet this demand by expanding in Australia and globally.
Albemarle Australia is the country's largest lithium producer and manufacturer.
The $1bn plus Lithium Hydroxide Processing Plant at Kemerton, near Bunbury in Western Australia's South West produces sustainable, value-added lithium product. The Kemerton processing plant was completed in 2022 with two processing trains. It is the most modern plant of its type in the world.
Albemarle’s construction of Kemerton, and its $2 billion expansion, is the largest investment by any company in Australian downstream lithium manufacturing. With expansion to four processing trains now underway, Kemerton’s production capacity will double to 100,000 metric tonnes per annum.
The construction, operations and expansion of Kemerton have established a new advanced manufacturing industry in WA’s South West and boosted the local and State economies. Kemerton has created more than 2000 jobs already in construction and operations, and future expansion will fuel over 1000 more.
Attracting and retaining more skilled workers to the South West is critical to Kemerton and its future expansion. To support its expansion workforce, Albemarle is building a $140 million Paris Grove workforce accommodation village at nearby Australind to house the construction workforce which can’t be recruited locally. (More information about the accommodation village is available in the Community section of our website.)
Albemarle also holds strategic investments in lithium mining in Western Australia. These joint ventures include the Wodgina lithium mine in the Pilbara and Greenbushes lithium mine in the South West.