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Champion ramps up Bloom Lake activity, first train to roll by March

By: Henry Lazenby     30th December 2017 Activities are ramping up at the Bloom Lake mine, in near Fermont, Quebec, with preparations well under way towards the ultimate goal of sending off the first fully laden train of iron-ore by the end of February, or early March. “The highlights have been coming thick and fast this year,” Champion... 

Bloom Lake restart breathes new life into Quebec/Labrador economies

By: Henry Lazenby     16th November 2017 Champion Iron Ore announced the official restart of the Bloom Lake mine, near Fermont, Quebec, on Wednesday, providing a healthy economic injection to the region through the employment of 450 people. Hitting a significant milestone only 19 months after acquiring the mothballed high-grade iron-ore... 

Champion secures financing, ten-year offtake from Glencore

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 Iron-ore mine redeveloper Champion Iron Ore has secured a funding commitment and a ten-year offtake agreement from global commodities giant Glencore International, the junior announced on Monday. The TSX- and ASX-listed firm, whose subsidiary Quebec Iron Ore (QIO) is restarting the high-grade... 

Champion Iron inks impact accord with ITUM First Nation

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2017 TSX- and ASX-listed Champion Iron has signed an impact benefit agreement (IBA) with the Innu of Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-utenam (ITUM) First Nation, confirming local support for the Bloom Lake iron mine, located near Fermont, Quebec. The IBA is a life-of-mine agreement providing for real... 

Next generation of graphite producers to partake in transformed market

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd August 2014 A wave of new graphite producers that have recently started or will start production in the coming years will participate in a significantly different market than that witnessed over the last several decades, as new technology is set to turn the status quo on its head. Independent consultant in... 

Tesla's new $5bn ‘gigafactory’ could spur 37% graphite market growth

By: Henry Lazenby     12th March 2014 US automotive giant Tesla had recently revealed plans to build a new $5-billion lithium-ion battery ‘gigafactory’ that could potentially increase natural graphite demand by up to 37% by 2020, according to UK-based analyst Industrial Minerals Data (IM Data) manager Simon Moores. The factory,... 

Focus Graphite positioned to take advantage of price upside

By: Henry Lazenby     24th January 2014 Emerging graphite producer Focus Graphite will position itself to start production at the latest by 2016, in time to take advantage of a potential significant price up-tick as demand for this form of carbon rises, and supply struggle to keep up. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines... 

Focus Graphite announces industry-leading offtake accord

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2013 Emerging mid-tier junior mining development company Focus Graphite late on Thursday announced an industry leading offtake agreement for the future production from its Lac Knife graphite resource, located 27 km south west of Fermont, Quebec. The strategic accord for up to 40 000 t/y of graphite... 

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