St. Louis plant to make lithium iron phosphate for batteries

Former Monsanto Carondolet plant in St. Louis to make lithium iron phosphate for batteries. Plant made sodium and calcium phosphates for detergents and toothpaste. After phosphates were removed from detergents due to concerns about growth of algae in the Great Lakes, Monsanto spun off the business in a jv with FMC. It is now part of ICL.

" Israel-based public company Israel Chemicals Ltd., more commonly known as ICL (NYSE:ICL), which last year opened an $18 million production facility to develop plant-based meat substitutes at its existing 19-acre production campus in Carondelet, plans to open a new factory at the campus at 8201 Idaho Ave. to manufacture lithium iron phosphate cathode active material. The plant is expected to be the first large-scale manufacturing site for lithium iron phosphate in the United States, the company said in a news release."

Phosphates are already there. Looks like they still make calcium phosphates for toothpaste. Battery materials should fit right in. Probably made from battery grade lithium hydroxide.

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