R. Keith Evans

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Industry Science
Location San Diego, CA, United States
Introduction Geologist Keith Evans became involved in the lithium business in the early 1970’s at Selection Trust Ltd., evaluating the future potential of Bikita Minerals in what, at that time, was Southern Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe). Selection Trust, the majority owner of the operation, was the dominant producer of lithium ores for direct usage in the glass and ceramics industry. He later joined Lithium Corporation of America, the then leading lithium chemical producer and later moved to Amax Exploration. On behalf of Amax and a Chilean partner he negotiated with Corfo, a Chilean government entity, the rights to evaluate and develop that part of the Salar de Atacama that had not been leased to the Foote Mineral Company. He was responsible for all aspects of the evaluation. Amax decided not to proceed with the project and it was acquired by Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM), now the world’s largest lithium chemicals producer. Throughout his career in the lithium industry it was his responsibility to monitor industry developments particularly in respect of new resources and he has continued as a consultant in a number of industrial minerals.