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Rio Tinto unit born in Death Valley retooled for lithium battery boom

Jadar project in Serbia could supply about 10% of global demand for lithium, Rio says
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 05:50

Melbourne

DURING the financial crisis, Rio Tinto Group needed cash and tried to unload its oldest mining business - one that began in 1872 hauling borates salts by mule from Death Valley to make US laundry soap. The company gave up on a sale because no one would pay the asking price. A

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