Guy Bourassa of Nemaska on the “very, very big shortage” of Lithium

The real driver for the intense global demand and price increase on lithium February 5, 2016 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Guy Bourassa, President, CEO and Director for Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSXV:NMX | OTCQX:NMKEF) on the overall global lithium market and how the real source for the increasing demand for lithium is energy storage. While commenting on the distinct benefits of the electric vehicle market interest, Guy addresses the global supply shortage and how this may translate to the marketplace. Tracy Weslosky: I’m delighted to have this…

Understanding Graphene – Part 1

The missing bond in graphene
Graphene is to Graphite as a playing card is to the pack. There, that’s the short version, if you’d like to know more read on… The building blocks: Graphene and graphite are made of the same thing, carbon. The carbon atoms are arranged as hexagons in flat layers. Each atom is joined to three others. These graphene layers stack one on top of another to form graphite The properties of graphite and graphene: The bonds between carbon atoms are strong within the layer but much weaker between layers. These layers slide over one…

Ecclestone on the Iranian Mining Market: Potential “Huge”

As emerging markets go the last great unopened can of beans is Iran. With the removal of international sanctions on trade and investment the rush will be on to get positioned in Iran’s mining scene. Sure small emerging markets appear from time to time but Iran is a very large economy with enormous export revenues from oil, a highly prospective geological profile and a large and rather well-educated population. In this piece I shall give a review of the mining activity at the current time and its potential to grow. Mineral Treasure Chest Despite…

iSIGN antenna deal and CEO on mobile technology that can produce sales results

February 3, 2016 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Alex Romanov, President, CEO and Director of iSIGN Media Solutions Inc. (TSXV:ISD | “iSIGN”), a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, about their recent smart antenna purchase order from We Build Apps. In the interview, Alex discusses how iSIGN’s recent deal may potentially be used at the upcoming Republican National Convention this summer and the advantages of their competitive technology. Supplying both the hardware and software for clients, iSIGN is able to gather point-of-sale data and mobile shopper preferences from mobile devices,…

Why technology needs the right people pushing it

Perhaps we’ve been missing something in our coverage of tech metals, tech entrepreneurs and making companies work. That is, the factor of having a one-person driving force, possibly a dominant founder. Now I am not claiming this as my own brilliant insight. The credit must instead go to John McDuling of the Australian Financial Review. He has just written a piece looking at the troubles at Yahoo, the company that is about lay off 15% of its staff. McDuling makes the point that, while she has been blamed for much of the troubles…

Choosing the “Rocky” Road to Rare Earth Production

Here at Investorintel we often muse about what can be salvaged from the wreckage of Molycorp and while opinions differ wildly on the residual value of the hardware and real estate (not to mention the intellectual property) there are some assets that were embedded at Molycorp that are infinitely transferrable and indeed have already been transferred. It was a very interesting move to see Rocky Smith captured by Peak as Chief Operating Officer – Development. This became effective from the 5th of January 2016. He was previously the Managing Director of Molycorp’s Mountain…

Russia plans significant expansion of uranium production

Amid the ongoing financial crisis in Russia, the Russian government has designed a package of measures, aimed at the supporting of the national uranium industry and creation of conditions for a significant expansion of uranium production in the country during the next several years. According to Vladimir Verkhovtsev, General Director of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co., Russia’s leading uranium mining company, currently the domestic production fully meets Russia’s needs for uranium, however there is a possibility that such situation may change in the future. This is mainly due to the planned commissioning of new…

SNIPP CEO on 16 Quarters of Consecutive Growth

Atul Sabharwal on the “huge multiplier effect” of the Snipp sales model February 1, 2016 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Atul Sabharwal, Co-Founder, CEO and Director of Snipp Interactive Inc.  (TSXV:SPN | OTCQX:SNIPF) on Snipp’s sales performance, which has led to an impressive 16 quarters of consecutive growth. Atul explains the impact of Snipp’s “huge multiplier effect” on sales and their commitment to technology and strategic advertisement programs that quantifies advertisement dollars for the overall benefit of client brands and the consumer. Tracy Weslosky: Atul you just…

We’re from the Regulators – We’re Here to Help?

The financial services sector has too many regulators. From maze-like regional securities legislation trying to operate on a consistent national basis, to the murky exempt market, to the seg fund industry that makes sense only to the seg fund industry, anyone trying to earn a living in the capital markets must answer to the SEC, IIROC, provincial and state securities administrators, FINRA, stock exchanges, FSCO, MFDA, bar associations, the auditors, the United Nations and every one else with a finger in the pie. Paraphrasing Kermit, it ain't easy earning the green. Regulation is…

Technology Metals Monthly: A Significant Fundamental Shift at Play in Rare Earths?

For quite a while now, Tracy has been trying to convince me to write about individual companies; their releases, their technology, or their position in the REO (rare earth oxide) space. I have resisted. My articles have focused on the background science, the generic success factors that sort the wheat from the chaff when moving towards production, and talking about more general issues rather than company A’s technology breakthrough versus company B. So Tracy I’ll still focus on those issues fundamental to the REO space, but will utilise company names and material where it…

Japan recommitting to nuclear energy with restart of third nuclear reactor

The Takahama 3 reactor started delivering electricity to the national grid last night; it’s the third reactor to be recommissioned in Japan after the shut-down of all nuclear plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Japanese authorities are gradually authorizing plants to come back on stream as the utility companies complete upgrades that make the reactors more resilient to earthquakes and tsunami-related flooding. The Takahama 3 reactor follows the restart of the Sendai 1 and 2 reactors in August and October, 2015. The Takahama 4 reactor is expected to restart next month…

Military Success, Rare Metals and the Periodic Table

How the Military came to Love Rare Earth and Other Technology Metals The following observation, made by Abraham [1, p157] is true today, as it has been since ancient times. Throughout history, a country’s ability to harvest the power of the periodic table has translated directly to the success of its military, providing as much advantage in battle as do tactical decisions. Historically, civilizations that have mastered the art of making weapons from the most advanced metallurgy and materials of their day have dominated the societies around them. The military of 2016 differs…

Amanda Lacaze of Lynas presents: The story of a turnaround start-up

January 28, 2016 -- Amanda Lacaze, CEO for Lynas Corporation Ltd. (ASX:LYC up +45.59% & OTCQX:LYSDY up +32.83% in 2015) in a keynote presentation titled Lynas: The story of a turnaround start-up at the Technology Metals Summit 2015 describes What makes a successful mining venture? Citing the progress at Lynas and the ways that Lynas expects to win in the rare earth market, Amanda states: “Rare earth elements are important functional materials. In many cases their use in finished applications has been limited in response to the perception that the rare earth market…

Galaxy Resources: “first in, best dressed” in the Lithium space

With the revival of interest in the Lithium space and us having declared 2016 to be the Year of Lithium, it seems timely to visit one of the veterans of the space which has ridden the bucking bronco of the markets, been tossed off once and is now back in the saddle. Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY) has gone full circle. It was the outlier hard rock Lithium story at the start of the Lithium boom with its focus being the Mt Cattlin spodumene deposit in Western Australia when everyone else was off chasing LatAm…

Nemaska Lithium CEO on the “very strong message” behind the Johnson Matthey deal

January 27, 2016 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Guy Bourassa, President, CEO and Director for Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSXV:NMX | OTCQX:NMKEF) about the 166% increase in stock in 2015 and the Johnson Matthey MOU. Specifically, Guy discusses the competitive advantage of securing the Johnson Matthey MOU with “an end-user that is willing to put money upfront to make sure that it will create a new production supply…” and goes onto add: “that’s a very, very strong message on how tight the market is and how the outlook…

Breaking News: Another Warrant Issued Under CASL

We have been extremely vocal in warning about the perils of non-compliance with Canada's AntiSpam legislation (“CASL”). More proof of the risks came from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today when it announced that it had executed a second warrant under CASL at two locations in the Niagara region of Ontario. Few details are as yet available. The CRTC says the warrant was obtained as part of an ongoing investigation relating to the installation of malicious software and the alteration of transmission data. The warrant was granted by a Justice of…

China’s statistics: Growing doubts cloud the true picture

Back in the 1960s analysts and journalists based in Hong Kong tried to keep on top of what was going on in China, then a suspicious Communist power secretive and closed to Western snoopers. Newspapers from the mainland were scoured for clues by the "China watchers" in the British colony, and each morning a reporter from the South China Morning Post met the daily train from the border arriving at the old Kowloon station just by the Star Ferry wharf, interviewing as many passengers as possible about what they had seen and heard behind what…

Understanding Advanced Batteries and Energy Storage – Part 3

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When I first started writing about investing in the energy storage space, an angry reader called me “Captain Buzz Kill” when I didn’t share his enthusiasm for electric cars. A few years later, CleanTechnica dubbed me “The EV Black Knight” when I had the temerity to explain why range anxiety is the mortal enemy of efficiency. While some readers will undoubtedly share these less than charitable views, a dozen years of experience in the battery space has taught me that my bearish expectations are usually right and my bullish expectations are all too frequently…
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Tasman Commences Trading on the OTCQB

February 5, 2016 (Source) -- Tasman Metals Ltd. ("Tasman" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:TSM)(FRANKFURT:T61)(OTCQB:TASIF) announces that its common shares commenced trading on the OTCQB under the symbol "TASIF" effective at the market open on Friday, February 5, 2016. Tasman's common shares continue…

IntelGenx Announces Creation of a Scientific Advisory Board

February 4, 2016 (Source) -- IntelGenx Corp., (TSX VENTURE:IGX)(OTCQX:IGXT), today announced that it has further strengthened its organization with the creation of a Scientific Advisory Board with the engagement of Dr. Ludwig Aigner and Dr. Barry Greenberg. Dr. Horst G. Zerbe will…

Elcora Changes Its Name to Elcora Advanced Materials Corp

February 3, 2016 (Source) -- Troy Grant, President and CEO of ELCORA ADVANCED MATERIALS CORP. (OTCQB: ECORF) (TSXV: ERA) (FSE: ELM.F), (the "Company" or "Elcora"), is pleased to announce that Elcora Resources Corp. has changed its name to Elcora Advanced Materials Corp.…

Texas Rare Earth Resources President’s Letter to Shareholders

February 3, 2016 (Source) -- Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER) has issued the following letter: Dear Shareholders: 2015 has been another difficult year for the mining industry in general and the rare earth sector in particular. Although the fundamentals…

Aurora Continues Accelerated Growth

February 2, 2016 (Source) -- Aurora Cannabis Inc. (“Aurora” or the “Company”) (CSE: ACB) (OTCQB: ACBFF) (Frankfurt: 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc., a producer and distributor of medicinal cannabis pursuant to the…

iSIGN Media and its Reseller LED Solutions Provide an Update

February 2, 2016 (Source) -- iSIGN Media Solutions Inc. ("iSIGN" or "Company") (TSX-V: ISD) (OTC: ISDSF), a leading provider of interactive mobile proximity advertising solutions is pleased to provide an update from its reseller LED Solutions Manufacturing Inc. ("LED"). Training of LED's…

Seair Inc. Announces Q1 FY2016 Results

January 29, 2016 (Source) -- Seair Inc. (TSXV: SDS) ("Seair" or the "Corporation") announced that it has filed its financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended November 30, 2015. Interested parties may view or download copies of these…

IntelGenx Appoints Mark Nawacki as Special Advisor

January 28, 2016 (Source) -- IntelGenx Corp., (TSX VENTURE:IGX)(OTCQX:IGXT), today announced that it has further strengthened its organization with the engagement of Mr. Mark Nawacki as a Special Advisor to the Executive team. Mr. Nawacki is currently the President and CEO of…

Aurora Closes $3 Million Secured Loan

January 27, 2016 (Source) -- Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CSE: ACB) (Frankfurt: 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) (OTC: ACBFF) (“Aurora” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has closed a $3 million secured demand loan (the “Loan”). The Loan matures two years from…

Almonty Industries Inc. Announces Application for Management Cease Trade Order

January 27, 2016 (Source) -- Almonty Industries Inc. (“Almonty”) (TSXV:AII) announces that it anticipates a delay in filing its annual financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis and related officer certifications for the financial year ended September 30, 2015 (collectively, the “Required Filings”)…

Canadian Metals Appoints Robert Boisjoli as New CFO

January 26, 2016 (Source) -- Canadian Metals Inc. (The "Corporation") (CSE:CME) is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Boisjoli, FCPA, FCA to the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective January 27, 2016. Robert who is a Fellow Chartered…

H2O Innovation to release 2016 Q2 financial results

January 25, 2016 (Source) -- (TSXV: HEO) – H2O Innovation Inc. ("H2O Innovation" or the "Company") announces that it will release its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 on Monday, February 8, 2016, at approximately 8:00 a.m. EST.…

Rare Element Resources Announces Suspension of Permitting Activities

January 22, 2016 (Source) -- Current Rare Earth Market and Access to Capital Create Challenges in Continuing Process Rare Element Resources Ltd. (the “Company”) (NYSE MKT: REE), a publicly traded, strategic materials company focused on delivering rare earth products for technology and…

IntelGenx Strengthens Senior Management Team

January 22, 2016 (Source) -- IntelGenx Corp. (TSX VENTURE:IGX)(OTCQX:IGXT), today announced that it has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Mr. Robert Bechard to the position of Vice President, Corporate Development, the appointment of Ms. Nadine Paiement to Vice President,…

NioCorp Developments Ltd. Grants Incentive Stock Options

January 21, 2016 (Source) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) today announced that the Company granted on January 19, 2016 a total of 5,875,000 incentive stock options, with an exercise price of CDN $0.62 per share, to certain of…
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