Flinders Resumes Graphite Sales From the Woxna Graphite Project, Sweden
July 9, 2013 – Vancouver, British Columbia (Source: Marketwired) — Flinders Resources Limited (“Flinders”) (TSX VENTURE:FDR) (PINKSHEETS:FLNXF) announces that the first truckload for 2013 of reprocessed graphite from Flinders’ Woxna Graphite Mine in Sweden was recently delivered to Germany.
The drying, screening and packing circuits of the Kringel processing plant were successfully restarted in May after the winter break and production of graphite from stockpiled material is underway. Several hundred tonnes of graphite remain from a stockpile that was built up when Woxna was last mined up to 2001.
So far this year, Flinders has delivered commercial volumes of graphite to Swedish and German customers and has orders for the balance of Woxna’s stockpiled graphite.
Mr. McFarlane states: “The resumption of graphite processing and sales has reinstated awareness of the Woxna Graphite brand in Europe. Discussions are underway with customers about secure future graphite supply from Woxna once mining resumes. Feedback from customers is that the Woxna brand invokes positive recognition for its consistent performance and close proximity of the mine to customers, supporting the view that Woxna graphite will find a receptive European market.”
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About Flinders Resources
Flinders Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:FDR) owns 100% of the Woxna Graphite Mine, a unique and strategic European graphite project in central Sweden. The Woxna Mine, with rated capacity of 10,000+ tonnes per year of flake graphite, operated from 1996 to 2001 when production was halted due to falling graphite prices. Since then, the Woxna Project has been held on care and maintenance.
Today graphite prices are significantly higher than in 2001 underpinned by strong growth in graphite demand driven by a combination of steady growth in traditional uses such as steel production, lubricants, brake linings and batteries as well as double digit growth from new applications, in particular batteries for portable electronics and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Materially better graphite price today and forecast growth in graphite demand is why Flinders is evaluating re-starting the Woxna graphite mine. Flinders’ Woxna mine is substantially funded, fully permitted, constructed and with moderate capital investment is ready to be brought back to production. The Woxna Project is unique due to its high quality large graphite flake, long life expandable resource, first class existing infrastructure, potential to upgrade to value added lithium battery graphite and its strategic position within the European Union.
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