Great Western Minerals Group Launches Commercial Production With Rare Earth Strip Casting Furnace at LCM
February 25 2013 (Source: GWMG) Saskatoon, SK — February 25, 2013 – Saskatoon, Canada: Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. (“GWMG” or the “Company”, TSX:V – GWG) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary Less Common Metals Limited (“LCM”) is now in commercial production with its first rare earth alloy strip casting furnace.
LCM has sold and shipped, on a commercial basis, specialty alloys produced by its strip casting furnace to three existing customers. A subsequent order, scheduled for delivery in the 1st Quarter of 2013, was placed by one of the three customers for an increased quantity of alloy.
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The second strip casting furnace ordered previously by LCM was fully commissioned in China, as scheduled, in November 2012. It is now in transit to LCM with an estimated arrival time of late Q1 2013. Installation followed by the commissioning of the second furnace is scheduled to commence at LCM early in Q2 2013.
GWMG President and Chief Executive Officer Marc LeVier said, “Achieving commercial production with the new strip casting furnace at LCM is a very important milestone in GWMG’s progress path as we complete one of the items we committed to achieve early in 2013. The new furnaces represent a platform for revenue growth within our business model. The investment that GWMG has made in LCM’s production capacity is indicative of our confidence in the future of the rare earth alloy market. It is equally indicative of the strong level of confidence we have in our internationally respected LCM team led by Managing Director Ian Higgins.”
Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. is engaged in becoming an integrated rare earth producer. Its specialty alloys are used in the battery, magnet and aerospace industries. Produced at the Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries Less Common Metals Limited in Ellesmere Port, U.K. and Great Western Technologies Inc. in Troy, Michigan, these alloys contain transition metals including nickel, cobalt, iron and rare earth elements. As part of the Company’s vertical integration strategy, GWMG also holds 100% equity ownership in Rare Earth Extraction Co. Limited, which controls the Steenkampskraal Monazite Mine. In addition to an exploration program at Steenkampskraal, GWMG also holds interests in four rare earth exploration and development properties in North America.
For further information, please contact Dwight Percy, Manager of Investor Relations at (306) 659-4516. Email inquiries should be made to email@example.com and the Company website is located at www.gwmg.ca. Inquiries by direct mail should be addressed to Great Western Minerals Group Ltd., 219 Robin Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6M8.
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