ALB stock has been trending higher since October 22, 2021, when the company announced investments in China to expand lithium conversion capacity.
Albemarle Signs Two Agreements for Strategic Investments in China to Expand Lithium Conversion Capacity
On October 22, 2021, Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry, announced its intent for strategic investments in China in support of the expansion of its lithium conversion capacity. The company recently signed investment agreements with the Yangtze River International Chemical Industrial Park in the Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone (Jiangsu province), and the Pengshan Economic Development Park in the Pengshan District (Sichuan province).
“These agreements are important steps in our continued commitment to invest in new capacity that will support our customers’ growth plans,” said Eric Norris, President, Lithium. “We are excited to expand our network of high-quality, battery-grade hydroxide production capacity in China.”
With these agreements, Albemarle will move forward with its design, engineering and permitting plans to build a conversion plant at each site, each of which has planned production capacity initially targeting 50,000 metric tons lithium hydroxide per annum. Subject to additional studies and approvals, it is expected these plants would start construction during 2022 and complete construction by the end of 2024.
“We are excited to work with our local teams in China to deliver Albemarle’s next-generation lithium hydroxide plants,” added Jac Fourie, Chief Capital Projects Officer. “These projects represent the next step in our Capital Excellence Program to capture benefits in speed to market, lower capital intensity, lower product cost, and improved sustainability.”
ALB Stock Technical Analysis
The long and short-term trends are both positive. This is looking good! Notice the two pocket pivots (blue dots) over the last few days. The rising large players volume is impressive! However, although ALB has an excellent technical rating, it does not present a decent entry opportunity at the moment. Price movement has been a little bit too volatile to find a nice entry and exit point. It is probably a good idea to wait for a consolidation first. Click here to sign up for email alerts when ALB stock consolidates and is a good entry.