Lithium Minerals Production

Based on a comparison of 8 countries in 2015, Australia ranked the highest in lithium minerals production with 428,000 tonnes followed by Chile and Zimbabwe. On the other end of the scale was USA with 900 tonnes, China with 2,200 tonnes and Brazil with 8,500 tonnes.

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Countries Unit 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Argentina tonnes                                                           17,570 17,822 14,017 13,942 13,200    
Australia tonnes ... ...                                                       197,482 303,729 421,228 452,921 363,000    
Brazil tonnes                                                           15,929 15,733 7,820 7,084 7,982    
Canada tonnes ... ... ... ...                                                   10,000 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Chile tonnes ... ... ... ...                                                   30,538 52,851 69,597 71,594 60,646    
China tonnes                                                           53,000 55,000 2,100 1,900 2,100    
Namibia tonnes ...                                     ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Portugal tonnes                                                           37,359 40,109 37,534 20,698 19,940    
Rwanda tonnes   ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Spain tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...               4,270 7,824 ... ... ... ... ...
USA tonnes                                                           1,500 1,000 1,000 1,000 870    
Zimbabwe tonnes                                                     ... ... ... 50,000 42,000 44,000 47,000 44,000