Alessandro Bruno

About Alessandro Bruno

Alessandro Bruno holds a BA, MA. He has worked for the United Nations in Libya and specialized in Middle Eastern, African, and South American affairs. Alessandro has worked as an industry analyst, lived and worked abroad extensively and is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French with a working knowledge of Portuguese, Arabic and German.

Medallion takes major step toward commercialization of its monazite strategy

untitled Neodymium, dysprosium or praseodymium are exotic sounding rare metals but they are not geologically limited. As with many other mineral resources, new deposits are regularly identified. Recently Greenland and India have attracted fresh interest over their potential to produce and supply rare earth elements - REE. The issue is far less the identification than it is the accessibility of REE’s; mostly the costs of extracting and separating them must allow for the relevant parties involved to make a profit. Medallion Resources Ltd (‘Medallion’, TSX-V: MDL | OTCQB: MLLOF) is one of those companies that has found a novel way of…

WTO ruling fails to alleviate European concern over China’s rare earth dominance

images0TJV63QG China has increased its efforts to limit the illegal mining and export of rare earths (REE). The Government has launched a five-month campaign, which has the specific goal of preventing prices of this commodity from dropping further in prices.  Since the beginning of October until the end of March 2015 five authorities are working together to track down and punish illegal and smuggling REE operations. This is not the first time that the Chinese government has tried to tamper with (if not modernize) its rare earth industry, first by trying to rationalize resource management by shifting more control to state…

Deveron Resources officially enters the graphite and zinc market with targeted acquisition

imagesPYZR00KZ Deveron Resources Ltd. (‘Deveron’, TSXV: DVR), a diversified mineral exploration company (whose majority – 65.8% - shareholder is Greencastle Resources Ltd., ‘Greencastle’) has announced a new zinc and graphite discovery in Ontario related to a Greencastle Resources (TSXV: VGN) property - Rockstone - near Thunder Bay, Ontario. Deveron will earn a 60% interest in the property over a three year period while retaining an option to acquire 100% interest by incurring all expenditures required to produce a bankable feasibility study, subject to Greencastle retaining a 3% net smelter return royalty. Greencastle started drilling at Rockstone in 2012, revealing several geophysical…

Swiss referendum could effectively re-launch the ‘gold standard’

images3YUHDW32 Last week the price of gold dropped 0.5% at a price of USD$ 1,230/oz., after experiencing a bit of a rally the previous week that pushed it from an annual low of USD$ 1,183/oz. to USD$ 1,255 an ounce, reaching the highest level in over a month. It is likely that gold’s rebound was prompted by continued demand in Asia and to the slowdown in the US Dollar’s bullish ride. The risk of another drop remains, given the high market volatility worldwide; however, there is also the chance for a sustained and bullish correction, which could push the value of…

Peak Resources’ low capex and metallurgical advantages attract IFC financing

images6YO0OPLT Peak Resources Ltd (‘Peak’, ASX: PEK), the Australian rare earths mining company, has obtained a financial commitment of USD$ 25 million from the Appian Natural Resources Fund LP, an investment fund, for its Ngualla rare earth project located in southern Tanzania. Appian will help Peak finance the bankable feasibility study for the Ngualla Project by taking a 13% share of the Company’s capital. Appian has the option to take up to 37.5%, at the cost of some AUD$ 14.1 million. Ngualla deposit is estimated to have the potential to deliver some 170 million tons of rare earth oxides at a…

USRE targets billion dollar electronics industry with its europium rich deposit at Lemhi Pass

Europium-InvestorIntel Rare earths recycling is one of the most often proposed solution to China’s monopoly, given the exorbitant OPEX and CAPEX costs faced by the newly emerging rare earths miners (on average at least USD$ 1.5 billion). A mobile phone alone can contain several rare earths and similar metals such as yttrium. Used and discarded mobile phones alone can yield significant quantities of rare earths as well as other metals. Yet, recycling rare earths is a difficult proposition. The rare earths in electronic equipment like smartphones use small concentrations, which can get ‘lost’ in the slag resulting from the recycling process.…

Seair’s ‘genius’ greentech patent increases production and revenue for the oil & gas sector

Seibert-Jeff October 23, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Jeffrey M. Seibert, CEO of Seair Inc. (‘Seair’, TSXV: SDS), a Calgary-based cleantech company, specialized in technologies for gas based water treatment, about its recent deal with Newalta Corporation (Newalta). Seair will supply its patented diffusion technology to adjust the acidity (pH) in wastewater prior to deep well disposal. Newalta offers its customers solutions to reduce waste by recovering as many resources from industrial residue as possible. By reducing the acidity of the waste stream, Seair’s technology helps to protect deep wells from fouling and it does…

Gluskin on Eastgate’s revolutionary technology to throw out the needle in the treatment of diabetes

Gluskin-Anna October 23, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Anna Gluskin, CEO and Director for EastGate Acquisitions Corporation (‘Eastgate’, OTCBB: ESAQ) about its proprietary technology to treat diabetes. Insulin is crucial for treating diabetes but it relies on a needle delivery system (four or five times a day). This has made this disease more insidious than others and Eastgate has developed a way to deliver the insulin by way of a tablet, which is far more convenient and patient-friendly. Insulin is a protein and, until now, the only way to introduce it in the body was…

Russia returns to the global REE scene with new processing technology

imagesSF3RDWIR Scientists at Russia’s Ural Federal University have developed a method to extract rare earths from uranium mines. The new technology will be tested over the next three years as researchers believe that it could reduce the demand for rare earth imports in Russia by a third. The new process can be applied to most uranium mining operations and could, by extension, be applied worldwide. The newly developed method involves the injection of sulfuric acid into the soil, which dissolves uranium and rare earth metals. The revolutionary thing about this process is that the sorbent can allow for the selective extraction…

McDonald’s losses reflect the end of the ‘golden age’ of fast food

images8SE7I1I7 McDonald's has made fast food popular around the world and becoming synonymous with the burger, fries and soft drink combo. Its business model has been copied everywhere, leading the onslaught of franchise businesses that extend from burgers to tacos and coffee. However, for the past ten months the famous restaurant chain has suffered a malaise that seems inexorable. The Golden Arches are a little less precious today as McDonald's suffered a 30% drop in profits to USD$ 1.07 billion year to year. This is no accidental drop; it reflects a significant societal trend and the loss is so large as…