Elcora Resources changes its name and focus on the Graphene revolution

October 15, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for InvestorIntel interviews Dr. Ian Flint, VP of processing and Refining at Elcora Resources (TSXV: ERA), a world renowned expert on graphene, about the kind of graphite that is best suited to produce graphene. The main advantage of Elcora’s Sri Lankan graphite is that it comes out of the ground already possessing purity levels of about 93%, presenting an orderly crystal like structure. This makes it easier to process, achieving very high purity levels. Indeed, Elcora’s goal was always to get into…

Graphite Market Review: Mixed performance despite a lot of good news

Graphite Market Review — Of the graphite stocks InvestorIntel tracks, market performance was mixed, down 1.33% overall. The biggest winners for the week ended October 10, 2014 were; Energizer Resources Inc. (TSXV: EGZ) (OTCQX: ENZR), up 11.11% and 8.02%, respectively. Mason Graphite Inc. (TSXV: LLG) (OTCQX: MGPHF) up 7.81% and 10.71%, respectively on positive news, (see below). On the down side there were 4 stocks off more than 10%. Triton Minerals Ltd (ASX; TON) was down 16.18%, despite positive news, (see below). Flinders Resources Ltd. (TSXV: FDR) was down 15.25%. Sovereign…

Ecclestone selects Alabama Graphite as one-of-five most likely to prosper

In working up an institutional research piece on Alabama Graphite Corp. (TSXV: ALP | OTCQB: ABGPF) over the last month a few things have struck me and are worth highlighting. These are elements of the company’s story which are unique and separate it out from the pack in the graphite “race”. Past-Production is Princely We keep repeating the mantra of the moment that “production is king”. By implication past-production is princely. The recent addition of the former Bama mine, which produced until the 1940s, was a major coup for Alabama Graphite. Already favorable…

Market Movers of the Week: Stria Lithium +16.67%, Energizer Resources +11.11% & Mason Graphite +10.71%

Did you catch the news Theralase Technologies Inc. put out last week about their partnership with SAFC in the manufacturing of anti-cancer drugs? Allow me to congratulate them for their ongoing efforts towards the elimination of pain, reduction of inflammation and dramatic acceleration of tissue healing in our planet as they averaged up the InvestorIntel biotech members to +0.45% for the week -- TSXV: TLT up +1.82%. Speaking of pain, I listened to CNN describe the market as “tanking" all morning long and would like to respectfully request that the media utilize less artillery driven descriptives…

Hykawy’s Focus on Focus: Through a Mining Lens

The natural graphite sector is not really that complicated. Yes, there are different industries using the material, and yes there are different flake sizes at different purities sold at different prices, but every company in the space has to live with those prices. The variation in earning power between companies comes from the richness of the deposit, driven to large degree by simple in situ grade and the distribution of graphite flake size within the deposit. There will be exceptions to this simplified view, since every rule-of-thumb has to take an…

Smart Wearable Electronics Systems (SWS) mark the beginning of yet another era in consumer electronics

The unveiling of the Apple Watch (NASDAQ: AAPL) in September marked a new era in consumer electronics. Apple isn’t the first vendor to come up with wearable electronics as for example Fitbit, but Apple’s market recognition and reach suggest wearable electronics are shifting well past the guaranteed enthusiasm of early adopters toward mainstream consumers, marking the beginning of yet another era in consumer electronics. First there was the enlightened age of desktop computers, then there was the emancipation of computing during the era of laptops, then there was the liberating epoch…

The Tesla Beauty Contest

Tesla has confirmed that it will proceed with plans to build the battery ‘gigafactory’, choosing Nevada as the location. Now, it will have to secure the critical raw materials to launch production and keep the plant running. There has been much focus on the lithium supply requirement, but for the initial period, Tesla does not need to secure a lithium offtake agreement as there are two or three major suppliers in the western United States (such as Western Lithium – TSX: WLC - in Nevada), which have expansion capabilities. Three new lithium mines have also opened in…

Graphite stocks down 3rd week in a row, fundamentals be damned

Graphite Market Review — The graphite sector was down for the third week in a row, down -6.29% for the week ending October 3, 2014, based on the the stocks we are following listed below. As I said previously, graphite stocks are not immune from the overall selloff in natural resource stocks and the weakness in gold and silver was a downer as well. China’s growth rate is slowing, yet the offsetting decline in Chinese exports of graphite have not yet kicked in to boost pricing. Intuitively, everyone should want to…

Chinese 2014 output of natural flake graphite expected to decline further

With the decline in China's steel consumption, demand for graphite has been restricted over H1 2014. A recent China Mining Association (CMA) report showed that the country’s output of natural flake graphite dropped 15% year on year to 180,000 tons in the first half of this year. This marks Chinese 2014 output of natural flake graphite expect to decline further due to a slower economic growth, especially as the refractories market is still accounting for nearly 40% of China’s overall domestic consumption. China produced 540,000 tons of natural flake graphite with…

Graphite Market Review: China’s exports of graphite to decline markedly

Graphite Market Review — The graphite sector was down -3.59% for the week ending September 26th, 2014 based on the list of graphite stocks we are following listed below. China's intermediate-term supply crunch in graphite is not well appreciated by the market. This is surprising as 70% of the world's graphite comes from China, and exports will without question decline markedly in coming years. Even though it has been widely reported that there will be major curtailments of supply in two of China's major graphite mining provinces, graphite investors and end-users seem…
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New Method for Fabricating Graphene Nanoribbons Brings Scientists a Step Closer to Revolutionizing Electronics

October 17, 2014 (Source: UCLA) -- First characterized in 2004, graphene is a two-dimensional material with extraordinary properties.  The thickness of just one carbon atom, and hundreds of times faster at conducting heat and charge than silicon, graphene is expected to revolutionize high-speed transistors in the near future. Graphene’s exotic electronic and magnetic properties can be tailored by cutting large sheets…

Graphene NanoChem PLC: Collaboration To Develop Graphene-Enhanced Lithium-ion Battery For Electric Buses

October 17, 2014 (Source: Graphene NanoChem PLC) -- Graphene NanoChem (AIM: GRPH), the performance chemicals and advanced materials company, is pleased to announce that Platinum Nanochem Sdn Bhd; its wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into a product development and collaboration agreement ("Agreement") with Sync R&D Sdn Bhd ("Sync R&D") on a joint initiative to develop a 'next generation', graphene-enhanced lithium-ion battery ("Li-on…

Cavan Appoints Eric Hughes Former President of Chi Hemp Industries Inc. to Advisory Board

October 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- CAVAN VENTURES INC. (TSX VENTURE: CVN) ("Cavan" or "the Company") is pleased to provide a corporate update in regards to the continuing exploration of the potential Hemp/Cannabinoid industry. Cavan Ventures Inc. previously announced (see news release dated 2014-03-25) the diversification of its growth plan into the Medical Marijuana and Hemp industry. To accelerate this process,…

Lomiko Metals Inc. Retains Integral Wealth Securities Limited as Market Maker

October 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Lomiko Metals Inc. ("Lomiko") (TSX VENTURE:LMR)(PINKSHEETS:LMRMF)(FRANKFURT:DH8B) is pleased to announce that it has retained Integral Capital Markets, a division of Integral Wealth Securities Limited ("Integral") to provide market-making services in accordance with TSX Venture Exchange ("TSX.V") policies. Integral will trade shares of the Company on the TSX.V for the purposes of maintaining an orderly market…

Callinex Announces Establishment of Advisory Board

October 15, 2014 (Source: PRNewswire) -- Callinex Mines Inc. (the "Company" or "Callinex") (TSX-V: CNX; OTCQX: CLLXF) is pleased to announce the establishment of an accomplished Advisory Board to provide the Company's management team with strategic guidance.  The members of the Advisory Board are Mr. Carlo Civelli, Chairman, together with Messrs. Jayant Bhandari, Jason Dunning, and Stephen Swatton as board members.…

Hallgarten & Company to initiate coverage of Alabama Graphite Corp.

October 15, 2014 -- (TSXV: ALP | OTCQB: ABGPF) Hallgarten & Company LLC, independent equities analysts in the mining and metals space, is pleased to announce that it has launched coverage of Alabama Graphite Corp., an emerging graphite company with concessions covering two past-producing mines in Alabama. Christopher Ecclestone, the author of the report, commented “It is interesting to note…

Elcora Resources Announces Shareholder Approval to the Change Of Name to Graphene Corporation and Updates its Direction to Becoming a Vertically Integrated Carbon Company focused on High End Expandable Graphite and Graphene

October 14, 2014 (Source: The Newswire) -- Troy Grant, President and CEO of ELCORA RESOURCES CORP. (TSXV:ERA), (the "Company" or "Elcora"), is pleased to announce that the shareholders of the Company have approved a change of name from Elcora Resources Corporation to Graphene Corporation.  In addition, the Company announces future milestones for graphene development. Vertically Integrated Production Dr. Ian Flint, Elcora’s…

Xmet Stakes Northern Extension of Large ‘All Channel’ Graphite Target, Expands Blackflake West

October 14, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Xmet Inc. ("Xmet" or the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:XME) is pleased to announce that it has staked and acquired a 100% interest in 10 claim units on the northern boundary of the Blackflake West property. These claims appear to host a northern extension of Blackflake West's 'All Channel' Electromagnetic graphite target. "After reviewing the results from…

Slippery When Dry: Graphene Proves a Long-Lasting Lubricant

October 14, 2014 (Source: Argonne National Laboratory) -- When trying to design a mechanical system to last as long as possible, scientists and engineers have to find ways of overcoming friction. While researchers have found many materials that help to reduce friction, conventional lubricants often have chemical limitations. A recent analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has…

Flinders signs LOI with ThyssenKrupp Metallurgical Products

October 14, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Flinders Resources Limited ("Flinders" or the "Company") (TSXV: FDR) is pleased to provide an update on the marketing of the Woxna flake graphite product. Flinders has signed a Letter of Intent ("LOI") with ThyssenKrupp Metallurgical Products, a daughter company of industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp. This LOI is for up to 20,000 – 50,000 tonnes of Woxna flake…

Tesla Unveils New Electric Car for Bad Weather

October 10, 2014 (Source: Channel NewsAsia) -- Electric car giant Tesla on Thursday (Oct 9) unveiled a new two-engine vehicle designed to perform in bad weather, featuring four-wheel drive and anti-collision technology. Performance in inclement conditions was considered one of the weak spots of Tesla's existing models and with the new car, the company is trying to win over drivers in…
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