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  • May 2015

    IM Graphite News in Brief 22 – 28 May

    28 May 2015

    Syrah gets government go-ahead for Balama; Great Lakes progresses Matheson micronisation facility.

  • New Asbury plant will need over 4,500 tpa graphite by December 2016

    28 May 2015

    Asbury's $8m GNP facility to open in North Carolina; plant will run on natural and synthetic feedstock.

  • Interview: How low oil prices are affecting project financing

    28 May 2015

    In June 2014, oil prices started to tumble, taking with them short term optimism in the US energy markets. Since then, many have speculated on the impact low energy prices will have on both conventional and unconventional oil and gas project developments, with some reacting more drastically than others. To find out what a financial services company thinks about this new energy environment, IM spoke to Karim Nassif, a credit analyst at US-based Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.

  • StratMin clinches benchmark grade at Loharano graphite plant

    28 May 2015

    The UK-listed mining company has spent over a year tweaking the technology it uses to process ore from its Madagascan mine and has now achieved purities of over 94% C on a consistent basis, allowing it to unlock premium sales prices from its offtake partner and focus on ramping up production.

  • Water pollution from Pingdu graphite industry sparks public anger

    26 May 2015

    Efforts to control pollution from China’s graphite sector have been sporadic and mixed in their effectiveness, with the recent poisoning of water courses in Pingdu, Shandong province, suggesting a laxer approach to the environment than that pursued in nearby Laixi.

  • Uncertainties reign over jumbo flake graphite production volumes

    26 May 2015

    How much +35 large flake graphite is really in the market? Considering the current supply-demand scenario, IM examines this niche, high value portion of the natural flake graphite industry.

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 15 – 21 May

    21 May 2015

    GrafTech to merge with Brookfield; Talga announces site for German graphene plant.

  • Asbury to require over 4,500 tpa graphite for US GNP facility by December 2016

    19 May 2015

    Just over 4,500 tpa additional graphite supply will be needed by 2016 with the opening of Asbury’s new plant in North Carolina. The company will make a range of graphite nanoplatelet products at the site for nanometric conductive filler markets at the site.

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 8 – 14 May

    14 May 2015

    Triton signs two Chinese JVs; Applied Graphene Materials post successful results of base oil testing.

  • StratMin makes the grade at Loharano graphite plant

    14 May 2015

    The UK-listed mining company has spent over a year tweaking the technology it uses to process ore from its Madagascan mine and has now achieved purities of over 94% C on a consistent basis, allowing it to unlock premium sales prices from its offtake partner and focus on ramping up production.

  • Hengda Graphite suspends operations in Yichang on tailings pond failure risk

    13 May 2015

    The sole graphite miner in Hubei closed its mine and processing facility at Jinchang in January following the appearance of sink holes in its tailings pond. Failure of the pond’s dam poses a lethal risk to local villagers and to a nearby forest resort in Yichang.

  • Price Briefing 1 – 7 May

    08 May 2015

    Weak steel market hits graphite but refractory grade olivine remains unscathed; antimony prices stabilise.

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 30 April – 7 May 2015

    07 May 2015

    Valence Industries seeks to raise $75m; Kibaran and Syrah receive environmental approvals; Zenyatta yields high purity graphite from Albany; Eagle starts 2015 exploration programme.

  • GrafTech enters into investment agreement with Brookfield

    06 May 2015

    Following negative Q1 2015 earnings, GrafTech has entered into an investment agreement with Brookfield, the proceeds of which will be used to repay GrafTech’s senior subordinated notes.

  • Emerge Energy's Q1 profit drops as frac sand prices fall sharply

    06 May 2015

    The silica sand producer saw revenue and income decline over the first quarter of 2015 as activity in the oil and gas industry remains subdued. Higher volumes sold during the period were not enough to offset dramatically reduced prices for frac sand and an underutilised rail fleet, forcing the company to take steps to reduce costs while demand for its products remains low.

  • Weir Group partners with Rolls Royce to develop efficient fracking technology

    06 May 2015

    Low oil and gas prices have forced cut backs on production and exploration, meaning that companies like Weir group, which supply technology to the oilfield market, have seen order intake fall. The development of more efficient fracking technology could help both oil and gas companies and technology providers to increase revenues.

  • Weak industrial demand pulls flake graphite prices down to new lows

    01 May 2015

    Graphite Price Review: Flake graphite prices have dropped on an average by 16% since January 2015, as weak demand compounded by currency devaluations stifled price development.

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