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Flake Graphite, bubble or not, the risk is greater for those betting against

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Australian graphite stocks have experienced a veritable boost in the past few weeks as many more companies have joined the graphite industry in expectation of much higher demand for Lithium-ion batteries (which, despite their name, use more graphite than lithium). Including China, the graphite sector now includes eight countries and there are promising resources being developed in Canada, the USA, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sweden among others. Naturally, there are concerns – and justified ones – that nobody knows where the volume of graphite demand will be heading in the future.…

Hybrid and electric cars to help Japan fight way back into Chinese market

Japan is fighting to regain market share in China’s automobile sector with hybrid and electric cars being in the forefront of the effort. Nissan Motor has launched a demonstration test of its 300 electric vehicles in three Chinese cities ahead of the release of the EVs in China this autumn. And, in a research development, 3-D printing is coming to the electric car business. According to a report in China Daily, Japanese carmakers jointly held a market share of 19.4% in 2011. At their peak in 2008, they had more than…

Graphite investors very confident in Triton Minerals ultimate success

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Triton Minerals (ASX: TON) published exceptional results from the Nicanda Hill prospect at its Balama North graphite project in Mozambique last May. Triton’s property sits adjacent to Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite deposit, which is said to be the world’s largest. One of the highlights is a 220 meters long continuous mineralization, which promise even larger exploration targets than at first thought. Triton’s potential, therefore, is far greater than expected and 2014 could be a very exciting year. Investors, including institutional ones, have taken notice such that Triton has managed to obtain…

Graphite: it’s no one-year wonder, as history shows

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A scan back over the past 100 years might be in order for some of today's mainstream media commentators and reporters on the subject of graphite. Graphene is the new black to them — until the next thing comes along. Fifty or so years ago, it was graphite as the answer to aircraft weight problems, 40 years ago it was the graphite fishing rod. And we mustn't forget the dream of the "all-British pencil". But, as we will see, graphite has been on the technology breakthrough trail for many decades, graphene…

Great Lakes Graphite enters the graphite party late, but will be a major contender in the race to production in NA

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July 16, 2014 - Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Paul Gorman, CEO and Director for Great Lakes Graphite (‘Great Lakes’, TSXV: GLK) about what he says is the next great graphite company to prepare for production in North America. Paul’s confidence comes from the fact that “we've spent the last seven years understanding the market, understanding what customers want and most importantly having a great deposit that will be able to supply an immense amount of flake graphite to North American customers as well as the area…

Flinders Resources Woxna graphite mine to reach production stage this month

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Flinders Resources Limited ("Flinders", TSXV: FDR) has issued an update about the progress made at the Woxna graphite mine in Sweden. The refurbishment work is now in its final stages and Flinders expects the start of operations and production to begin before the end of July. According to a July 14 press release, last June Flinders achieved a number of milestones, which go from having all necessary equipment on site and installed to having the wet commissioning of the processing plant underway while such aspects as the tailings dam civil works,…

As information continues to bombard us every day, there’s a need to keep some perspective

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In the mining business there’s always the risk of over-reach. Back in mid-2011, Citigroup Global Markets added up the 400 largest greenfield mining projects around the world and the capital commitment through to 2020 for those totalled close to $500 billion — or half a trillion, to put that figure in more dramatic terms. But the analysts also calculated that some twenty-four per cent of those projects were unlikely to be delivered. We await Citigroup someday going back to do an update. I bet the situation compared to their forecasts could…

A few questions about Glencore’s (supposed) plans for Syrah and graphite (and a certain technology metal, vanadium)

The graphite world has gone dizzy at the news of unsourced reports out of Australia that Glencore is about to make a bid for Syrah Resources (ASX:SYR), owner of the (claimed) largest graphite resource in the world. Syrah's shares have rocketed, as have those of its neighbour in Mozambique, Triton Minerals (ASX:TON), whose stock rose Friday by more than 20% by early afternoon trade in Sydney. But, at least here in Australia, no one seems to have stopped and asked the question: is Glencore really that interested in graphite? If it…

The graphite race goes to a new level with Chinese-Australian merger

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In what might be a roadmap for other graphite hopefuls, we are seeing the (probable*) birth of what is being claimed to the first vertically-integrated, stock exchange-listed, upstream flake graphite resource company (and coming complete with a production plant that makes spherical anodes and graphene). The deal involves the merging of companies that between them own three operating graphite mines in China and advanced flake graphite projects in Australia and South Korea. Chinese graphite miner and manufacturer China Sciences Hengda Graphite Co will merge with Australian explorer Lamboo Resources (ASX: LMB). Incidentally,…

China’s graphite exports continue to rise

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China is the largest graphite producer and exporter in the world, but Chinese officials have not established a quota system to control graphite mining and exports over the past decades. However, the rapid depletion of resources and the environmental pollution have created problems and Chinese people have started to consider the cost of economic growth against the environmental problems it causes. This concern has also reached the graphite industry and there are calls to issue tighter export regulations for graphite. "If China's graphite industry is not reformed, the country will deplete…
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Mason Graphite Reports High Grade Intercepts in North-East Extension of Lac Gueret; One Hole Intersected 98m at 29.8% Cg Near Surface, Including 56m at 36.2% Cg

July 29, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Mason Graphite Inc. ("Mason Graphite" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LLG) (OTCQX:MGPHF) is pleased to report positive assay results from the 2013-2014 drilling program at its Lac Guéret project in northeastern Quebec. The drill program consisted of 97 holes totaling 15,108 metres and was designed to pursue three objectives: to explore for mineral extensions to the…

Elcora Resources Shareholder Update on Sakura Graphite Project

July 29, 2014 (Source: The Newswire) -- Troy Grant, President and CEO of ELCORA RESOURCES CORP. (TSXV : ERA), (the "Company" or "Elcora"), is pleased to provide the following update on its Sakura graphite project. In June 2014 Elcora closed its acquisition of a 40% interest in Sakura Graphite (PVT) Ltd. (“Sakura). (see news releases May 13 and June 30, 2014.) The Sakura…

Graphene Surfaces on Photonic Racetracks

July 28, 2014 (Source: University of Manchester) -- Graphene could enable new kind of photonics-based chemical sensors and photo-detectors, University of Manchester researchers have shown. In an article published in Optics Express, scientists from The University of Manchester describe how graphene can be wrapped around a silicon wire, or waveguide, and modify the transmission of light through it. Just as information can…

Northern Graphite Comments on Market Activity

July 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Northern Graphite Corporation (TSX VENTURE:NGC)(OTCQX:NGPHF) has been asked by the TSX Venture Exchange and IIROC Market Surveillance to comment on the Company's recent share price increase. Northern's management is unaware of any undisclosed material change or corporate development that would account for the recent increase in the Company's share price. Northern Graphite Corporation Northern Graphite Corporation…

Graphene and Related Materials Promise Cheap, Flexible Printed Cameras

July 24, 2014 (Source: University of Cambridge) -- Dr Felice Torrisi, University Lecturer in Graphene Technology, has been awarded a Young International Researchers' Fellowship from the National Science Foundation of China to look at how graphene and two-dimensional materials could enable printed and flexible eyes. The vision is to create a technology for cheap flexible cameras that can be printed or stamped…

Xmet Announces Closing of Brokered Second Tranche of Private Placement Offering

July 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Xmet Inc. ("Xmet" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:XME) is pleased to announce that it has completed a brokered second tranche of a private placement offering of units ("Units") of the Corporation (the "Offering"). In connection with the first tranche of the Offering, the Company issued 2,727,273 Units at $0.11 per Unit on April 11, 2014 for…

Development and Cooperation: Mason Graphite and Pessamit First Nation Sign Cooperation Agreement for Lac Gueret Graphite Project

July 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Mason Graphite Inc. ("Mason Graphite" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:LLG)(OTCQX:MGPHF) and Conseil des Innus de Pessamit are pleased to announce the signing of a cooperation agreement for the pre-construction phase of Mason Graphite's 100% owned graphite project located near Lac Guéret, about 300 km north of Baie-Comeau, part of the Nitassinan (traditional lands) of the Pessamit…

TRU Group Inc. Issues Positive Report on Graphite One Resources

July 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GPH)(OTCQX:GPHOF) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") is pleased to announce it has retained the engineering services of TRU Group Inc. ("TRU") to define initial options for development at Graphite Creek. In TRU Group's preliminary report dated June 20, 2014, TRU suggests "proceeding robustly with detailed geological evaluation, attendant test work and…
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