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October 09, 2015 1:39 AM ET


Company Overview of Simbol Materials LLC

Company Overview

Simbol Materials LLC develops and produces lithium, manganese, and zinc battery materials for electric vehicles, energy storage, battery, pharmaceutical, agriculture, and other critical industrial applications in the United States and internationally. The company offers lithium chloride, lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide, and lithium metal; electrolytic manganese metals, electrolytic manganese dioxide, and manganese sulfates; and zinc chloride and zinc sulfate. It has strategic partnerships with Mohr Davidow, ITOCHU Corporation, and Firelake Capital Management. Simbol Materials LLC was formerly known as Simbol Inc. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Pleasanton, California.

6920 Koll Center Parkway

Suite 216

Pleasanton, CA 94566

United States

Founded in 2007





Key Executives for Simbol Materials LLC

Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 63
Co-Founder and Director
Founder and Director
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Simbol Materials LLC Key Developments

Simbol Materials to Build Plant

Simbol Materials is building a plant in the hopes that it can provide the lithium needed for the batteries in Tesla's cars. Simbol is preparing to break ground on its own commercial plant in August. Simbol says the plant will have the capacity to produce 15,000 metric tons of lithium annually.

Simbol Materials LLC Announces Management Changes

Simbol Materials LLC has appointed Dr. John Burba as President and CEO. The former Chief Technology Officer of Molycorp Inc. will move the company forward with commercializing its proprietary mineral extraction technology, unlocking a vast untapped resource for lithium and other specialty materials from the mineral rich geothermal brines located in California. Prior to joining Simbol Materials, Dr. Burba served as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Molycorp. Most recently, Dr. Burba led Project Phoenix, a rare earths manufacturing project. Joining Dr. Burba are Takashi Sunada as Simbol Materials Chief Financial Officer, and John F. Ashburn, Jr. as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Sunada's career includes twenty-four years with Itochu Corp. where he held various leadership roles, most recently responsible for project development and management of project investments for the Chemicals Division focused on materials related to Lithium Ion Batteries. Ashburn's career includes over thirty-three years corporate legal experience including twenty-three years as Senior Counsel with Unocal and Chevron Corp. Prior to joining Simbol Materials, Ashburn held the position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Molycorp Inc.

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