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Graphite News

Scoping study at Armadale’s Tanzanian graphite project on schedule for Q1 completion

By: Anine Kilian     29th January 2018 Aim-listed Armadale Capital is hoping to publish an upgraded mineral resource estimate for its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, by the end of February. “We believe [the upgraded resource estimate] will provide investors and potential end-users with a better sense of the size and... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Junior projects  lighting bright path  into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group
LOIUS MEIRING Zest WEG is in the 'very fortunate position' of being involved in all project phases

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 State-owned financial services provider Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) is keen to deepen partnerships with South African exporters who offer their capital goods and services in international and emerging markets, including in Africa.  

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba
PAUL MOJALEFA PAUL MOJALEFA The Export Credit Insurance Corporation will exhibit to further promote and position its brand in the mining sector

Battery Minerals restructures board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2018 Project developer Battery Minerals has restructured its board to a traditional governance structure, as it prepares to transition to a graphite production company. David Flanagan will move from executive chairperson to MD and cofounder Cherie Leeden will step down as an executive director and... 

Ford complains rising metals costs hurt profits, rivals unphased

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 When Ford Motor reports fourth-quarter results on Wednesday afternoon, it is expected to fret that rising metals costs have cut into profits, even as rivals say they have the problem under control. Aluminium prices have risen 20% in the last year and nearly 11% since December 11. Steel prices... 

Goldman, Citi final bidders for Scotiabank's metals business – sources

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 The field of prospective bidders for ScotiaMocatta, the metals trading arm of Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia, has narrowed to two, three banking and industry sources said on Wednesday. The two - Goldman Sachs Group and Citi - are undertaking due diligence checks, the sources said. 

Bass Metals moves closer to commissioning graphite mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd January 2018 ASX-listed Bass Metals, which is developing the Graphmada large flake graphite mine, in Madagascar, has completed a major component of the recommissioning process at the project. The mine is now nearing completion of Stage 1 of delivering a 100%-owned mine free of any serviceable debt. "With... 

Strike testing suitability of Burke graphite for lithium-ion batteries

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 Flotation tests conducted by Perth-based Independent Metallurgical Operations at Strike Resources’ high-grade Burke graphite project, in Queensland, have confirmed that a concentrate of purity in excess of 95% and up to 99% total graphitic carbon (TGC) can be produced using a standard flotation... 

Kibaran board approves spherical graphite pilot plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 The board of ASX-listed Kibaran Resources has approved the spherical graphite pilot plant programme at a plant in Germany, using feedstock from the Epanko graphite project, in Tanzania. Funded through available working capital, the initial testwork programme aims to optimise the spherical... 

Battery Minerals shares rise as it signs another offtake agreement

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd January 2018 Australian company Battery Minerals has signed its fourth binding offtake agreement for graphite concentrate from its Montepuez project in Mozambique, announcing on Monday that 80% of the forecast production of the mine has been sold a year before its first scheduled shipment. The company, led by... 

Battery Minerals shares rise as it signs another offtake agreement
Battery Minerals executive chairperson David Flanagan

Offtake agreements now cover 60% of Montepuez production – Battery Minerals

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has signed a binding offtake agreement with Qingdao Black Dragon Graphite for 10 000 t/y of graphite concentrate from its Montepuez project, in Mozambique, for an initial term of three years. This marks the third offtake agreement for the project. 

BlackEarth celebrates ASX listing, gears up for Madagascar drilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2018 ASX-listed BlackEarth is preparing to implement its drilling programme after listing on the Australian bourse on Friday following a $5.45-million initial public offering (IPO) raising. The company is embarking on a 200-hole graphite drill programme at its Maniry graphite project, in Madagascar,... 

China's proposed dual-credit scheme can reshape the EV market – WoodMac

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 China's electric vehicles (EV) market has grown exponentially to overtake the US as the world's largest EV market, thanks to heavy government subsidies to spur growth in the emerging automotive sector. However, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) warns that these subsidies are... 

Graphite miner closes more sales agreements for its Mozambique mine’s product

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th January 2018 Australian Securities Exchange-listed miner Syrah Resources has announced a number of sales agreements for flake graphite produced by its Balama project in Mozambique. These agreements are with China’s Yichang Xincheng Graphite Company Limited and Germany’s CS Additive GmbH. Yichang Xincheng is a... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2018 A new Proudly South African mine tunnel borer that requires no blasting, delivers higher production advances, comes with a collaboration imprimatur and can be retrofitted to existing operations, will be unveiled at next month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town and commissioned in the third quarter of... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling
Photo by Duane Daws
Danie Pretorius

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2018 Global engineering, project delivery, contract operations specialist and asset management group DRA’s acquisition of Perth-based Minnovo expands its Australian footprint and adds depth to its metallurgical, engineering, procurement, project management, construction and commissioning capabilities... 

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA CEO Wray Carvelas

NextSource soars on Japanese approval of registered SuperFlake product trademark

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of one of the graphite industry’s best kept secrets, NextSource Materials, has recorded significant gains on Tuesday following a company announcement that Japan has approved the company’s registration of ‘SuperFlake’ graphite as a trademark in the country. The registration... 

NextSource soars on Japanese approval of registered SuperFlake product trademark
Photo by NextSource Materials
A representation of how NextSource Materials' Madagascar-based Molo modular plant will look like

DNI inks flake graphite offtake deal with Korea Graphite

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 Madagascar-focused graphite project developer DNI Metals has signed a binding supply agreement with ASX-listed Peninsula Mines’ subsidiary Korea Graphite to supply up to 24 000 t/y of flake graphite, the company announced on Monday. The deal is subject to Korea Graphite finalising offtake... 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2018 Investors should be prepared to value the reserves of metal that Glencore owns more highly to reward the proactive approach that the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining company has towards managing its assets. Reflecting on the decision of Glencore to pull metal from the market... 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia
Industrial Development Corporation research and information head Jorge Maia and Unctad economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas respond to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Volt raises $4.7m to develop Tanzania graphite project

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th January 2018 ASX-listed Volt Resources has raised $4.7-million to support the fast-tracking of the stage 1 development of flagship Bunyu graphite project, in Tanzania. The Tanzania-focused flake graphite development company exercised 235.6-million listed options at $0.02, with the shortfall of 24-million... 

Mustang secures A$19.95m from US investor for Mozambique mines

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th January 2018 ASX-listed Mustang Resources has secured A$19.95-million in funding from US institutional investor Arena Investors and announced a rights issue to further advance its projects in Mozambique. Arena has agreed to invest the funding through an unsecured convertible note facility, to be drawn down in... 

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

By: Reuters     23rd December 2017 Even if Donald Trump’s initiative on 'critical minerals' strengthens the US mining industry, domestic companies would still struggle to compete with low-cost Chinese competitors, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. The president signed an executive order this week to identify new US sources of... 

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

Kibaran, ProGraphite sign knowledge-sharing agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2017 ASX-listed Kibaran Resources has signed a binding agreement with German-based ProGraphite under which it would grant Kibaran full access to its extensive technical and commercial knowledge relating to the processing of graphite for use in battery product applications. Noting that this was an... 

Kibaran, ProGraphite sign knowledge-sharing agreement

Battery Minerals reaches milestone agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has reached another major milestone in its strategy to become a global graphite supplier to the lithium battery industry, signing a binding sales agreement with a leading US-based graphite processor. The binding offtake agreement covers up to 11 000 t/y of graphite... 

Triton shares gain on Mozambique graphite DFS

By: Mariaan Webb     15th December 2017 Australian company Triton Minerals is gearing up to start early construction work at its Ancuabe graphite project in Mozambique in May next year, after a definitive feasibility study (DFS) boosted its confidence in building mine to supply the premium end of the graphite market. The DFS determined... 

Triton shares gain on Mozambique graphite DFS

Kibaran mulling battery-grade graphite pilot in Germany

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, exploration company Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of premium battery... 

Kibaran mulling battery-grade graphite pilot in Germany
Photo by Bloomberg
INITIAL FOCUS Kibaran Resource plans to accelerate the commercialisation of battery graphite production operations during 2018

Volt proceeds with $40m Tanzania bond issue

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2017 Tanzania-focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources said on Thursday that it would proceed with the issue of $40-million structured debt funding to complete the Stage 1 development of its Bunyu graphite project. The company has engaged Exotix Capital to undertake a Tanzania bond... 

Engineering contractor appointed for Mahenge graphite DFS

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2017 Midtier Perth-based engineering company CPC Project Design has been selected as the engineering contractor to deliver a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Mahenge graphite project in Tanzania, project owner Black Rock Mining announced on Thursday. CPC was selected in a tender process,... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad
Unctad’s Stefan Csordas discusses commodities report with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel de Silva.

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 New ‘Proudly South African’ start-up Erudite Strategies has hit a rich vein of acceptance in Australia, where investors in junior mining projects in Africa are showing alacrity in taking up its unique client representative and owner’s engineer offering. Each of Erudite’s three leading lights has... 

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer interviews Johann de Bruin, the founding director of the new project engineering company Erudite. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd and Lionel da Silva.

Kibaran to build battery-grade graphite producing pilot plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, ASX-listed Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of  premium battery graphite... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2017 Without change, the South African mining industry would lose another 100 000 jobs, said Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani, who six years ago accurately predicted the recent 100 000 job demise in South African mining. “I'll say it again, absent of change, we’ll lose another 100 000 jobs,” the... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Syrah signs sales agreement with China-based battery manufacturer

By: Samantha Herbst     4th December 2017 ASX-listed graphite developer Syrah Resources has signed a binding sales agreement with China-based Zhanjiang Juxin New Energy materials for 20 000 t of natural graphite from Syrah’s Mozambique-based Balama operation, in 2018. “This contract represents another significant import of Balama... 

Magnis signs 25 000 t/y graphite sales deal with World Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 ASX-listed Magnis Resources has entered into a three-year flake graphite sales agreement with major European group World Plastik ve Petrokimya Sanayi ve Ticaret. Magnis will supply the World Group subsidiary with 15 000 t/y of super jumbo flake graphite and 10 000 t/y of jumbo flake graphite from... 

Battery Minerals prepares for Montepuez development

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 ASX-listed Battery Minerals is gearing up to start the development of its Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique, following its $20-million over-subscribed capital raising, the appointment of the lead design engineer and ordering of the primary crusher. Battery Minerals is progressing its... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global automotive markets are adopting electric vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once- in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy metals’ –... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes
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