The project

The Cathode Precursor Production Pilot Project (CPPPP) in Western Australia will produce the current generation of cathode chemistries use in electric vehicles from locally sourced materials for the first time in WA.

The project, involving a consortium of leading industries, government and researchers represents a vital step towards the development of technical capability to produce advanced battery materials on an industrial scale in Australia.

The impact

Battery precursor production is a crucial step to add value to the Australian battery industry and currently there are no facilities for this in Australia.

With increasing global demand for lithium-ion batteries, the CPPPP offers Australia a unique opportunity to transition into a major processing, manufacturing and trading hub to increase our share of market value.

This project will contribute to the development of a skilled pipeline of future employees who have the breadth of chemistry skills and capabilities necessary to run a modern manufacturing industry.

“This facility will help build the necessary expertise for local manufacture of the nickel-rich NCM (nickel cobalt manganese) used in the booming global electric vehicle market, and improve our competitive position”.


  • Arcadium Lithium
  • Alpha HPA
  • Ardea Resources
  • BASF Corporation
  • BHP
  • Blackstone Minerals Limited
  • Calix Limited
  • ChemX
  • Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • Curtin University
  • EV Metals
  • HEC Group
  • IGO
  • JordProxa
  • King River Resources
  • Lycopodium
  • Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia
  • Mn Energy (Pilbara Metals)
  • Pure Battery Technology
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Technology Sydney

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