Livent's lithium products are a key to the production of polymers in a wide range of applications that power our lives.

From fuel efficient “green” tires and lightweight automotive interiors, to modified asphalt for better quality and longer lasting roads, to stronger more flexible adhesives and sealants.


With half a century of innovation and customer partnerships in the field of organolithium as catalysts, Livent is a world leader. Our products have enabled softer headphones, more fuel-efficient tires, lightweight, ultra-violet and weather-resistant car interiors, more durable intravenous bags and medical tubing, and more comfortable footwear.



n-Butyllithium (NBL) is a very strong base, exceedingly useful in organic synthesis styrene butadiene rubber (SBR). NBL has found particular utility in deprotonation and metal-halogen exchange reactions. NBL is also a very effective initiator of anionic polymerization of styrene and conjugated dienes. The synthesis of solution SBR and of styrenic thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), in particular, is facilitated by NBL. References: The Chemistry of Organolithium Compounds, ed. Zvi Rappoport and Ilan Marek, Wiley, 2004, West Sussex, England.


As the largest butyllithium supplier worldwide, Livent is capable to safely serve customers in every global region.”

Barbara Fochtman

Chief Operations and Engineering Officer

Prepared on October 10, 2018. Information presented may not be accurate as of any subsequent date, and Livent disclaims any duty to update such information.

In addition to a steady and reliable supply chain that delivers high quality lithium products to our customers, we’ve built stronger customer relationships by playing an active role in safety and technical training. We also provide in-depth logistical support, plant design and packaging consultation.

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Livent is a trusted partner of industry pioneers in polymer product development, and is leading the way to a greener and safer future.

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