Talison Lithium was formed in 2009 after the division of Talison Minerals into two separate companies focussing on their respective tantalum and lithium businesses
Talison's operations are located adjacent to the town of Greenbushes, approximately 250km south of Perth, Western Australia. The Greenbushes area is recognised as the longest continuously operated mining area in Western Australia. Tin mining commenced in the Greenbushes area in 1888 and the mining of tantalum started in the 1940s. The initial development of the lithium ore body at Greenbushes commenced in 1983 and a 30,000tpa lithium processing plant was commissioned in 1985 to produce a variety of different lithium concentrates for the technical market. The processing plant capacity was increased to 100,000tpa in the early 1990s and to 150,000tpa capacity by 1997, including the ability to produce a lithium concentrate for the production of lithium chemicals.
Talison was incorporated in 2007 for the purpose of acquiring the advanced minerals business from Sons of Gwalia. The business included lithium and tantalum mining and processing operations at Greenbushes; tantalum mining and processing operations at Wodgina in Western Australia; and the marketing of tantalum and lithium which is currently carried out from Talison's office in Perth, Australia.
In 2008, Talison commenced an expansion of one of its main pits in order to ensure continued supply of the high quality ore used to supply the technical markets.
In response to growing demand, production capacity was increased to 260,000tpa in 2009.