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European Lithium Production in Germany - Interview with Anton Du Plessis

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In this episode, we chat with Anton Du Plessis, CEO of Zinnwald Lithium who are focused on fast-tracking the late stage, integrated Zinnwald Lithium Project in Germany to production. In order to supply a suite of high-value battery-grade lithium products to Europe’s rapidly growing EV and energy storage markets.


Anton has an investment banking background and is at the helm to take this project forward. He explains more about the European lithium battery market and how Zinnwald Lithium will play a major part in this.





  • Zinnwald´s site is in an area where mining has taken place for 400+ years.
  • There is plenty of local talent. Importantly, including industrial chemists, which is vital for lithium.
  • The community is proud of its mining history and the fact that the lithium that will be mined will help the environment.
  • Battery technology and the price have now reached the point where it is truly viable.
  • The world wants to go from 3 million electric cars to over 100 million as quickly as possible.
  • It is expected that demand for lithium will grow by 18 to 20% per annum on a compound annual growth basis.
  • The EU wants to have a localised supply of lithium, so they are very supportive.
  • The site should be able to produce other products too, including lithium carbonate and hydroxide.
  • Zinnwald is on track to be the first European Lithium producer to start production.




‘In terms of energy density, charging capacity, batteries are now a workable product for certain new applications ´

‘In Europe, battery factory capacity is set to grow from circa 30-kilowatt hours to 700 by the late 2020s.’



Website: Zinnwald Lithium

LinkedIn - Anton du Plessis - Chief Executive Officer - Zinnwald Lithium plc | LinkedIn

Twitter: Zinnwald Lithium Plc (@ZinnwaldLithium) / Twitter












Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.





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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

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