Glencore’s problems leading to a commodity meltdown?

Glencore's problems have lead "many analysts to question whether this might be the commodity sector's Lehman Brothers moment". Those words were on Tuesday included in a news report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation after the local share market lost more than A$40 billion in morning trade, with BHP Billiton falling to its lowest price since the worst days of the global financial crisis, and after global commodities giant Glencore lost 30% of its value in Monday trading. Yet, looking on the bright side, technology metals might be a relatively comfortable sector…

Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze to kick off the Global Technology Metals Market Summit in Toronto on October 14th

Monday, September 28, 2015 -- On behalf of the team of, a leading online source of independent investor information, we are pleased to announce Amanda Lacaze, CEO for Lynas Corporation Ltd. as the keynote speaker for the Global Technology Metals Market Summit ( Scheduled for Wednesday, October 14th in Toronto, Canada at the Omni King Edward Hotel, the Global Technology Metals Market Summit will provide a strong venue for dialogue and debate from industry leaders and the investment community alike on issues such as the impact of China’s economic turmoil…

Has the pendulum swung too far in the emerging resource sector?

The flight of investors from the resource space has been brought on by the industry itself: projects financed and acquired during the boom times for the sake of size without sufficient concern about the quality of the assets, has led to massive write-downs and wealth destruction. Investors have been burned - have lost faith in the resource industry – and the withdrawal of their capital has quite rightly caused the excesses of the boom times to be purged. But the withdrawal of investor capital for too long in the lows of…

South Australia’s big graphite push

According to the latest global survey of mining companies from Toronto-based Fraser Institute, the state of South Australia is the world’s nineteenth most attractive jurisdiction (wedged between Arizona and Idaho in the rankings). It contains at least 30 known graphite deposits, some being historic mines, and for many years the state has been considered to have one of the world’s largest resources of graphite. And most of that is located within the Eyre Peninsula region, close to the towns of Port Lincoln and Cleve. But, with the headlines grabbed recently by…

Commodities cycle: Is the worst of the pain behind us?

By David Drake_The Soho Loft
Call it “All Quiet on the Commodities Front”. Which is not a bad thing; as this is being written before the Federal Reserve makes its decision on whether to lift interest rates, this feeling of calm is probably a good thing. A lack of volatility – one hopes – means that the Fed won’t scare the commodity horses (in either direction). And there’s even good news on the rare earth front with Reuters reporting that China’s demand for these elements “is likely to soar more than 50% over the next five…

Fear not the Fed hike: technology metals should survive

Attention investors in and miners of technology metals, gold, graphite, potash, uranium: there are rays of hope. There are two (possibly) main reasons for this. One is that the tightening this month by the Federal Reserve – if it happens, which is still very unsure – should not have too much of an impact on commodities. The other is that the persistence of depressed commodity prices is going to lead to mine closures. If your mine is not one of those forced to close, then the others who cannot carry on…

Who is making graphene, and where – Examining a secretive market

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The graphene market is an emerging one, forecasts of the market size for 2015 are of the order of $24m with many more billions into the future. Forecasters sprinkle their analysis with cautions about investing in the market balanced against the rewards for those that hold their nerve. So, who is actually making the stuff, and where? Conduct a web search and it seems that graphene is everywhere. A Google search returns 10.7 million hits. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find several websites and publications that list graphene manufacturers. However, compare…

Graphene research now expanding at breakneck speed

Dresden is in the vanguard of graphene research and development. But the German city is just one participant in what is becoming a headlong rush to expand the world’s graphene thrust. This week Talga Resources began graphene pilot plant processing in Germany. This follows commissioning of the equipment by Talga’s partner, Technische Universitat Dresden (TU-Dresden). As reported on InvestorIntel, the company said excellent performance has been reported. Meanwhile, graphene, nano and micro graphite, are now being further characterized by Talga’s other German research partner at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.…

Russia plans to significantly increase graphite production

Russia plans to significantly increase the volume of graphite production during the next several years, which is expected to take place through the development of some of the country’s largest graphite fields. So far, the majority of Russian demand for graphite has been met by the supplies from China, however there is a possibility that such a situation will change already in the coming years. According to estimates of  Rosatom, Russia’s state monopoly in the field of nuclear energy, at present the Russian market of isostatic graphite remains very small and does not…

Lifton on the collapse of rare earth prices in China and Neo Materials’ survival

September 3, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Jack Lifton, Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel about the collapse of rare earth prices in China and the impact on the rare earth markets. He also explains what really happened with Molycorp and why Neo Material Technologies still has a pulse. He then explains how at the Global Technology Metals Market summit on October 14th he will be presenting his thoughts on “The impact of China’s economic turmoil upon the technology metals supply chains and how to lessen…
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Wonder material graphene could harvest energy from thin air

October 2, 2015 (Source: CNN) -- Bold claims for new battery technology have been around since the invention of the lead-acid battery more than 150 years ago. But researchers at Manchester University in the UK say their latest discovery involving the new wonder material graphene could be the most revolutionary advance in battery technology yet. According to a study published in…

WA’s Talga Resources hopes to capitalise on graphene boom for batteries

October 1, 2015 (Source: ABC News) -- Ever imagined charging your smartphone in seconds or your electric car in minutes? That could soon become reality, thanks to the discovery of the new "wonder" material, graphene. Lithium ion batteries transformed energy storage when Sony first released them in the market in 1991. They have since become smaller, lighter and cheaper, but still…

Graphite One Closes Financing and Announces Additional Offering

October 1, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GPH)(OTCQX:GPHOF) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") is pleased to announce it has completed and closed on its previously announced non-brokered private placement ("Private Placement") and has raised gross proceeds of $1,359,234.94. Pursuant to this closing, the Company has issued a total of 19,417,642 units (the "Units") at a price of C$0.07…

Alabama Graphite Corp. Achieves Purity of 99.99% Graphitic Carbon-Across All Flake Sizes-From Preliminary Purification Trials

September 29, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Advancing the only Flake Graphite Project in the Contiguous United States of America Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release Alabama Graphite Corp. ("AGC" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ALP)(OTCQX:ABGPF)(FRANKFURT:1AG) is pleased to announce that purities of 99.99% graphitic carbon ("Cg") have been obtained from preliminary studies testing the purification of the…

Graphene Keeping It Cool In Electronics

September 25, 2015 (Source: IEEE Spectrum) -- Cooling fans and other system-level solutions are reaching their limits as circuit densities continue to grow. It’s no wonder then that graphene’s remarkable heat conductivity has led to a lot of research into using it to for thermal management in electronics. Now an international team of researchers, organized by a team at the University of Michigan, has…

Breakthrough with New Technique for Graphene Production

September 24, 2015 (Source: Armed with Science) -- Graphene is the thinnest substance capable of conducting electricity, but is also flexible and one of the strongest known materials. Because of these characteristics, scientists and engineers have dedicated years to adapting graphene to flexible electronics and other applications. Light weight, wearable electronics made from graphene are becoming more and more common…

New graphene oxide biosensors may accelerate research of HIV and cancer drugs

September 23, 2015 (Source: MIPT) -- Longing to find a cure for cancer, HIV and other yet incurable diseases, researchers have already tried out hundreds of drugs, each requiring preclinical and clinical testing with live subjects. How many chemical agents more to try? Moving at such rate, will we find the cure during our lifetime? One of the easiest ways…

Graphite One Announces Further Increase of the Financing

September 18, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GPH)(OTCQX:GPHOF) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it is increasing the financing previously announced on August 20, 2015 and September 14, 2015 from $1.0 million up to $1.5 million in gross proceeds to be raised in the non-brokered private placement offering (the "Offering"). The price…

Graphene Is Turned into Zero-Resistance Wonder Material

September 16, 2015 (Source: Yahoo News) -- Atom-thin layers of carbon can be turned into superconductors — extraordinary materials that conduct electricity without dissipating energy, physicists say. The findings could help lead to advanced magnetic sensors for brain scanning, the researchers added. The form of carbon found in pencils is graphite, which is made of sheets of carbon stacked atop…

Alabama Graphite Corp. Announces Construction of Pilot Plant with 200-Ton Bulk Sample of Coosa Graphite Project Material from Coosa County, East-Central Alabama, USA

September 15, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Advancing the only Flake Graphite Project in the Contiguous United States of America Alabama Graphite Corp. ("AGC" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ALP)(OTCQX:ABGPF)(FRANKFURT:1AG) is pleased to announce the initiation of the pilot plant at SGS Mineral Services ("SGS") of Lakefield, Ontario, for the Company's flagship 100%-owned Coosa Graphite Project, located in Coosa County, east-central Alabama, USA.…

Graphite One Updates Financing

September 14, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GPH)(OTCQX:GPHOF) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it is increasing the previously announced financing up to $1 million in gross proceeds to be raised in the non-brokered private placement offering (the "Offering"). The price of the Offering has been changed to C$0.07 per unit. All other…

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