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…

Epstein InvestorIntel CEO Interview: Brad Boyle, Triton Minerals Ltd.

The following interview of Triton Minerals' CEO Brad Boyle was conducted by phone and email in the week ended September 19th. Please describe Triton Minerals for readers less familiar with your company. Triton Minerals Limited (ASX:TON) is a diversified, Australian-listed minerals exploration company with 3 graphite projects in Mozambique, Africa. These comprise the Balama North, Balama South, and Ancuabe projects, located in the Cabo Delgado province. Balama North is our main focus. It's largely made up of the Cobra Plains and Nicanda Hill deposits. So far, only Cobra Plains has a…

Ecclestone on Alabama Graphite: Can’t Beat a Past-Producer

As I never tire of stating, a past-producing mine gives a miner a head-start in the race to production and therefore last month’s bolt-on of the Bama Mine to the portfolio of Alabama Graphite Corp. (TSXV: ALP | OTCQX: ABGPF) was a “Great Leap Forward” in moving the company closer to production. The results from the first testing of the site came out today (click here) and go to show that the transaction is loaded with promise. Indeed Bama may even race ahead of the initial Coosa prospect in getting ALP into…

California’s plan to have one million EV’s on the roads by 2023 will be successful

By 1 January 2023, there will be at least a million electric private vehicles in California if a plan adopted by Governor Jerry Brown succeeds. Last week, Gov. Brown signed a law encouraging consumers to buy environmentally friendly cars just days ahead of the start of the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York. Brown considers environmental protection to be one of the most important aspects of his administration. The new legislation will be backed by an initial USD$ 200 million budget to reduce pollution by rewarding buyers of electric…

Graphite Market Review: Graphite Stocks not immune from the overall selloff

Graphite Market Review, is a special weekly market report graciously sponsored by Alabama Graphite Corp.
Graphite Market Review -- The graphite sector was down -5.37% for the week ending September 19, 2014 based on the list of graphite stocks we are following listed below. Graphite stocks were not immune from the overall selloff in natural resource stocks. The selloff is in part due to the significant weakness in gold and silver, and iron ore and coal prices at multi-year lows isn't helping investor sentiment either. The uranium spot price has risen 30% lately, but even that failed to move uranium stocks. China's growth rate is slowing, and…

Russian grant revs Stans Energy while battery market fuels Stria Lithium

InvestorIntelReport for the week ending September 19, 2014: The weaker commodities theme continues for last week as I drill down on InvestorIntel member averages for the week ending September 19, 2014. The graphite and graphene sector lead for least negative downturn at -4.68%. This followed by oil and gas -4.77%, rare earths and technology metals -5.10% and uranium, down -5.49% for the week ending September 19th, 2014. The leading performer of the week was Stans Energy Corp. with TSXV: HRE up +32.26% and OTCQX: HREEF up +13.99%. It is clear that the market…

World Graphene Summit emphasizes gap between graphene potential and availability of capital: points to nanotech bust

The first World Graphene Summit occurred in San Francisco, CA on September 15-16, 2014 which is aimed at helping stakeholders find the shortest distance between the staggering potential of graphene and its commercialization. In this mixed gathering of a hundred entrepreneurs and scientists, the availability of financial resources is emerging as a significant determinant shaping the arrival of graphene in the marketplace. There is a need to develop new approaches to secure financial resources. Keith Blakely, Founder & CEO, The InVentures Group, the USA has been following the graphene industry for the…

How graphene could revolutionize 3D printing

Last week at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, with more than 100,000 visitors and 1,900 exhibitors gathered in Chicago to showcase recent developments in machines, tools and manufacturing systems. Arizona-based automobile manufacturer “Local Motors” stole the show by printing and assembling an entire automobile, called the ‘Strati’, from scratch and live in front of spectators. On the other side of the world, a Chinese company “WinSun Decoration Design Engineering” recently constructed a set of ten single story, 3D-printed…

Elcora’s Dr. Ian Flint on Tesla’s challenge to find graphite

September 12, 2014 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for InvestorIntel interviews Dr. Ian Flint, VP of processing and Refining at Elcora Resources (TSXV: ERA), about some of the misconceptions that investors have about graphite and Tesla's challenge to find enough graphite. Tracy Weslosky: Today I have the privilege of speaking to one of the most world-renowned experts on graphite, Dr. Ian Flint. How are you today? DR. IAN FLINT: I'm very good. Thank you very much. TW: Dr. Flint, there are is so many misconceptions…

Zen & the Art of Market Cap Maintenance

Without any negative happenings to justify a down-move, the high-quality graphite mine developer, Zenyatta Ventures has retreated from a twelve-month high of $4 to half that level. This would seem to be a rather harsh punishment by the market of the company. It could be that the advancement of some other stories to production (e.g. Flinders, Elcora) has tempted investors jump over to the Swedish story in particular. However, with a PEA imminent the tide may be about to turn for Zenyatta. Certainly having a healthy market cap as it does makes…
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Great Lakes Graphite Acquires Additional Claims Contiguous with Lochaber Graphite Project

September 29, 2014 (Source: Newsfile Corp) -- Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK) ("Great Lakes" or the "Company"), announces today that it has staked an additional 12 claims contiguous with the main block of claims included in the Company's Lochaber Graphite Project in southwestern Québec. The Lochaber Graphite Project comprised 151 mineral claims, in four contiguous blocks, covering 9,062 ha in…

Energizer Resources Completes Financing

September 26, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Energizer Resources Inc. (TSX:EGZ)(OTCQX:ENZR)(FRANKFURT:YE5) ("Energizer" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has closed the previously announced private placement offering of common shares ("Common Shares") of the Company (the "Offering") an issue price of US$0.14 per Common Share for gross proceeds of US$4,800,000. The Offering consisted of a brokered and a non-brokered portion.…

New Research Points to Graphene as a Flexible, Low-Cost Touchscreen Solution

September 26, 2014 (Source: Phys.org) -- New research published today in the journal Advanced Functional Materials suggests that graphene-treated nanowires could soon replace current touchscreen technology, significantly reducing production costs and allowing for more affordable, flexible displays. The majority of today's touchscreen devices, such as tablets and smartphones are made using indium tin oxide (ITO) which is both expensive and inflexible.…

US Assets to be Focal Point Moving Forward for Alabama Graphite; Hearst, Ontario, Canada Development Deferred

September 26, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Alabama Graphite Corp. ("Alabama Graphite" or the "Company") (TSX-V:ALP) (OTCQX:ABGPF) (FRANKFURT: 1AG WKN: A1J35M) (ISIN# CA0102931080) is pleased to announce that it has completed an in-house review of its three graphite projects. The goal of this review was to provide direction for the Company as it decides how to maximize the impact of its exploration…

Flinders celebrates official opening of Woxna Graphite Mine, Sweden

September 24, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Flinders Resources Limited ("Flinders" or the "Company") (TSXV: FDR) is pleased to provide an update on the Woxna project and the official opening ceremony that was held on site on September 17, 2014. The opening ceremony was attended by over 90 people including local stakeholders, graphite consumers, industry commentators and Flinders staff.  The ribbon to…

Focus Graphite Launches Project Financing Phase of Lac Knife With First Closing of a $6.5 Million Private Placement

September 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Focus Graphite Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMS)(OTCQX:FCSMF)(FRANKFURT:FKC) ("Focus" or the "Company") announced today the launching of the project financing phase of the Lac Knife development project, with the closing of the first tranche of a non-brokered private placement offering (the "Offering") of…

Graphite One Appoints US-Based Operations Manager to Lead Graphite Creek Project Advancement

September 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GPH)(OTCQX:GPHOF) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") is pleased to appoint Mr. David Hembree as its new US-based Operations Manager. Having played a pivotal role in advancing the development of several discoveries in the past, Mr. Hembree will be instrumental in progressing Graphite Creek through the resource definition, project feasibility analysis,…

Alabama Graphite Reports 54.7% Large and Jumbo Flake Graphite with Purities Ranging from 96.3% to 98.5% at its Bama Property in Chilton County, Alabama, USA

September 24, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Alabama Graphite Corp. ("Alabama Graphite" or the "Company") (TSX-V:ALP) (OTCQX:ABGPF) (FRANKFURT: 1AG WKN: A1J35M) (ISIN# CA0102931080) is pleased to announce that it has received the first set of metallurgical results from SGS Laboratory in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada on sample material originating from the newly acquired Bama Property. Using only simple floatation (without chemical or thermal…

Korean Research Team has Grown Gallium Nitride Micro-Rods on Graphene Substrates to Create Transferrable Light-Emitting Diodes—Enabling Bendable Optoelectronics Devices

September 23, 2014 (Source: American Institute of Physics) -- "Bendy" light-emitting diode (LED) displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea. Currently, most flexible electronics and optoelectronics devices are fabricated using organic materials. But inorganic compound semiconductors such as…

Lomiko Options 40% of the La Loutre Crystalline Flake Graphite Property From Canada Strategic Metals

September 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- LOMIKO METALS INC. (TSX VENTURE:LMR)(PINKSHEETS:LMRMF)(FRANKFURT:DH8B) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has optioned a 40% interest in the La Loutre Crystalline Flake Graphite Property located in Quebec. Of particular interest to Lomiko was an area of the property which reported grab samples up to 22.04% Carbon Flake Graphite (CFG) and Carbon Purity Test…

Graphene Flaws Key to Creating Hypersensitive ‘Electronic Nose’

September 23, 2014 (Source: University of Illinois) -- Researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets. The imperfections have unique electronic properties that the researchers were able to exploit to increase sensitivity to absorbed gas molecules by 300 times. The study is available online in advance of print in Nature…

Graphene 3D Lab, Inc. Announces Joint Venture with Stony Brook University

September 22, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Graphene 3D Lab, Inc. (TSX-V: GGG) ("Graphene 3D") is pleased to announce a joint venture with Stony Brook University in quality control testing of 3D printing materials enhanced with graphene and other advanced materials. In accordance with the agreement, which has an extendable one year duration, Graphene 3D will pay a total $137,713 to the…

Superlattice transforms graphene into a semiconductor

September 22, 2014 (Source: Kurzweil AI) -- Graphene can be transformed into a new superlattice state that converts graphene — normally a metallic conductor — into a semiconductor, MIT and University of Manchester researchers have found. In a research paper published in Science, the collaboration, led by MIT‘s theory professor Leonid Levitov and Manchester‘s Nobel laureate Sir Andre Geim, reports that they created a superlattice by placing graphene on top…

Graphene Sensor Tracks Down Cancer Biomarkers

September 19, 2014 (Source: Institute of Physics) -- An ultrasensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer. The biosensor has been shown to be more than five times more sensitive than bioassay tests currently in use, and was able to provide results in a matter of minutes,…
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