Alabama Graphite Corp. Announces the Appointment of Graphite Industry Expert George C. Hawley as Senior Technical Advisor and Chairman of Technical Advisory Board
August 13, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) — Developing Value-Added Graphite Products to Meet the Demands of the Burgeoning Lithium-ion and Grid-Storage Battery Industries
Alabama Graphite Corp. (“AGC” or the “Company“) (TSX VENTURE:ALP)(OTCQX:ABGPF)(FRANKFURT:1AG) is pleased to announce the appointment of George C. Hawley as Senior Technical Advisor and Chairman of the Company’s Technical Advisory Board. A leading international industrial minerals expert, specializing in the development and marketing of graphite and value-added graphite products, Mr. Hawley adds more than a half-century of experience to AGC’s world-class team of graphite industry professionals. With a Bachelor of Science from the University of London, Mr. Hawley’s background is in chemistry, chemical engineering and polymer materials. Having successfully developed several innovative processes involving graphite; Mr. Hawley’s graphite work has encompassed nuclear, chemical, rocket nozzles, anodes, friction materials, heat management, electrodes, and carbon brushes. A member of the U.S. Society of Plastics Engineers, American Chemical Society, and Society of Mining Engineers, his experience includes research and development for one of the world’s largest producers of synthetic graphite products, the Morgan Crucible Company (now Morgan Advanced Materials), and lead acid battery manufacturer Chloride Exide Limited, as well as for government agencies and various mining companies in the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, Africa, and Canada. Mr. Hawley specializes in natural graphite anodes for lithium-ion batteries, and has consulted for Quinto Mining Corporation (now Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.), Northern Graphite Corporation and Focus Graphite Inc., prior to joining Alabama Graphite Corp. Mr. Hawley has published more than 50 technical papers on industrial mineral products pertaining to technical and marketing topics, in addition to regularly presenting at global graphite and industrial mineral conferences worldwide.
Ron S. Roda, President and co-Chief Executive Officer commented, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Company, we welcome George Hawley to AGC. We are excited to have one of the world’s foremost value-added graphite experts join us as we accelerate the advancement of our flagship Coosa Graphite Project in Coosa County, Alabama, USA – the premiere flake graphite project in the continental United States of America. Our corporate strategy moving forward is to develop Coosa with a primary focus on value-added graphite products to supply the growing lithium-ion and grid-storage battery industries from a secure, high-quality American source.”
“George Hawley has the requisite skillset and demonstrated experience critical to ensuring that we achieve our value-add objectives in the most efficient and effective manner possible, providing a further competitive advantage for the Company, while creating superior-performing and cost-effective solutions for our future customers and maximum value for our shareholders,” stated co-Chief Executive Officer, Donald Baxter. “On a personal note, I am thrilled to be working with George again as we fast track AGC’s battery-ready graphite initiatives. His experience in graphite research, process and product development is unrivalled. The term ‘expert’ is thrown around pretty loosely in the mining industry. There may be a lot of so-called experts, but few truly good ones. George is one of most talented graphite industry experts in the world.”
As announced on June 25, 2015, AGC has commenced development and testing of value-added graphite products for use in lithium-ion batteries, specifically the production of coated spherical graphite (“CSPG” or “battery-ready graphite”) for use in lithium-ion battery anodes.
Companies producing electric vehicles and other green energy products/applications are understandably being held accountable for the environmental footprint of their input materials. This trend is growing, as is the market, opening the door for environmentally sustainable mining and production of graphite in the Western Hemisphere, namely in Alabama, USA. AGC has the potential to be the first and only graphite producer in the continental United States. The current world consumption of flake graphite is 400,000 tonnes per year. A key, enduring demand driver for graphite, the market for batteries alone, beyond 2020, is estimated to be 1.7 million tonnes.
The battery-ready graphite market has been identified as the market segment with the largest growth potential, while providing the potential for much higher margins than conventional run-of-mine graphite production. Alabama Graphite Corp. is one of very few companies in the graphite development space with management that has actual graphite experience, including mining, processing, operations and value-added graphite production expertise.
Mr. Hawley joins Dr. Nitin Chopra on the Alabama Graphite Corp. Technical Advisory Board.
Donald K. D. Baxter, P.Eng., co-Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument (NI) 43-101 guidelines, and has reviewed and approved the technical content of this press release.
About Alabama Graphite Corp.
Alabama Graphite Corp.’s mission is to become one of the greenest graphite producers in the world. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Alabama Graphite Company Inc., is conducting exploration and development both at its flagship Coosa Graphite Project in Coosa County, Alabama, USA and the recently acquired Bama Mine Project in Chilton County, Alabama, USA. Alabama Graphite holds a 100% interest in the mining leases in respect of these two advanced-stage projects, both of which are on private land. The two projects encompass over 43,000 acres and are located in an area with significant historical production of crystalline flake graphite. The Company has the largest NI 43-101 indicated flake graphite resource in the United States based on drilling 0.18 square miles (0.3% of the total acreage). The Alabama deposits are unique in that a significant portion of the graphite-bearing material is oxidized and has been broken down into an extremely soft rock. Both projects have in place critical infrastructure, are within close proximity to transportation routes and enjoy a hospitable climate allowing for year-round production and delivery.
For further information and updates on the Company, please visit www.alabamagraphite.com.
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