Graphite latest news

  • June 2016

    Hunger strike stops output at KGLL graphite mine

    27 June 2016

    Mine workers at Kahatagaha Graphite Lanka Ltd. have started another hunger strike 1,800 feet underground, disrupting operations and causing concerns over security of supply from the natural graphite mine.

  • Lynx graphite mine seeks $5.9m for expansion

    24 June 2016

    Zimbabwe’s only source of graphite output, the Lynx mine, is seeking funds to refurbish its existing plant and for further exploration to meet increased demand from domestic markets.

  • Price Briefing 17-23 June 2016

    24 June 2016

    Future of European markets uncertain as UK votes to leave the EU; fluorspar prices experience further drops; chromite market stabilises; oil price holds barite steady.

  • India aims to optimise dry bulk ports

    23 June 2016

    Indian government introduces policies to increase dry bulk mineral handling at ports.

  • Black Rock Mining achieves 99% purity graphite from Tanzanian project

    22 June 2016

    The ASX-listed company, which is developing the Mahenge graphite project in Tanzania, reported samples of 99% purity following tests conducted on large portion of flake graphite sourced from the mine. The company is now progressing spherical graphite test work to assess the materials potential for batteries.

  • Graphite One reports high discharge capacity on C-SPG coin cells

    22 June 2016

    The TSX-V listed graphite exploration company has announced initial performance results on coin cells manufactured using its coated spherical graphite material, sourcing feedstock from its Graphite Creek Deposit.

  • China launches Graphite Industry Development Alliance

    21 June 2016

    China is looking to encourage investment in graphite as, despite becoming the world's leading producer, it still trails other more advanced countries in terms of processing and supply chain development.

  • Graphite prices see upward spike

    20 June 2016

    Chinese producers have succeeded in lifting flake graphite prices on the back of growth in domestic refractories production and declining stockpiles. Amorphous could benefit from the government’s Lutang investment project, however overcapacity in the sector means prices are unlikely to make any gains in the short term.

  • Graphite pollution causes crop failure in Shandong

    20 June 2016

    Pollution from graphite operations in China's Longwanzhuang village has caused wheat yields to decrease. Despite action taken by the environmental protection bureau, local residents remain concerned that the situation will persist.

  • IM23: Recycling refractories to cut costs

    17 June 2016

    The practice of recycling refractories and using them as secondary raw materials in other refractory applications is increasingly drawing interest from industry operators as a way to reduce costs.

  • Price Briefing 10-16 June 2016

    17 June 2016

    Lithium market participants point to price exaggeration; doubts cast over China’s TiO2 price hikes; fluorspar prices steady at low levels; decline in graphite continues.

  • Syrah Resources raises A$194m for Balama graphite project

    16 June 2016

    ASX-listed Syrah Resources has raised the funds required to complete its Balama graphite project in Mozambique despite cost projections which were revised upwards.

  • IM23: Oil and gas downturn widens minerals shipping opportunities

    14 June 2016

    The downturn in the oil and gas industry has opened up shipping opportunities in industrial minerals used for renewable energy production.

  • LWP to invest in battery technology

    14 June 2016

    Energy technology company, LWP, has ventured into an agreement with VVV Technologies Pty Ltd to commercialise the graphene synthesis patents and aluminium-graphene-oxygen battery technology for battery manufacturers and industry participants.

  • Focus on downstream graphite to transform China's industrial base

    14 June 2016

    China's Council for the Promotion of International trade in Heilongjiang has stressed the need to focus on value-added downstream graphite projects. Development of this sector will help to transform coal cities and upgrade traditional industry in northeast China.

  • IM23: Czech mineral industry output stabilises

    14 June 2016

    The country is an important producer of kaolin, bentonite, feldspar and silica. While general clay production contracted, the stabilisation of mineral output in the Czech Republic is positive news for the country, which may look at developing and reinstating past-producing graphite.

  • Graphite market splits over traded prices

    13 June 2016

    Specialised graphite grades experience more stability at higher price levels than natural flake graphite as traditional buying markets resist market upturn,

  • Price briefing 3-9 June 2016

    10 June 2016

    Lithium lags, graphite uptick not expected “for at least four years”.

  • General Electric buys stake in battery producer Sonnen

    08 June 2016

    The move by GE to invest in what is Europe’s largest rechargeable energy storage unit manufacturer marks a further push by a major energy business into lithium-ion technology, following Total’s recent buyout of battery maker Saft.

  • The bleak picture of graphite funding

    07 June 2016

    Falling prices and squeezing demand for natural flake graphite are having a stifling effect on the economics around junior projects, with waning investor interest and dwindling end markets putting a big question over future of funding in an challenging environment.

  • Reporting industrial minerals: Indicated resources classification

    07 June 2016

    News that trading in ASX-listed Volt Resources shares were halted hours after the company released an announcement pertaining to its Namangale graphite project prefeasibility study in Tanzania sent ripples through the junior mining community earlier this month. But how do listed companies avoid making the same mistake? Andrew Scogings and Ivy Chen outline how to understand the JORC code.

  • Norway moves to ban fuel cars by 2025

    06 June 2016

    The move to have a completely electric fleet of private cars, buses and trucks by 2025 in Norway would see an incredible spike in demand for the materials used in electric vehicles, not least in lithium-ion battery components.

  • Magnezit to supply refractories to EVRA

    06 June 2016

    The Russian manufacturer is to supply refractory products to EVRAZ for its rolled metal facilities, but cooperation will also include product testing and the development of new linings designs.

  • Heilongjiang makes graphite industry chain developments

    06 June 2016

    Heilongjiang province, one of the three main graphite bases in China, has now completed the graphite industry chain from ores, graphite fines, graphite products, to graphene and battery.

  • Zimbabwe’s new mineral bill targets irregular exports

    03 June 2016

    The government of Zimbabwe aims to regulate exploration and trading of minerals from the country by introducing a bill which places control with a committee set up by the bureaucracy. Failure to adhere to the new regulations will result in a fine or imprisonment.

  • Price Briefing 27 May – 2 June 2016

    03 June 2016

    Fluorspar and graphite prices unchanged at low levels; further price rises anticipated from Chinese TiO2 producers.

  • Graphite inactivity limits hopes of price rebound

    02 June 2016

    Price Review: While the prices remain steady industrial inactivity continues to suppress regular trades with global demand showing few signs of recovery

  • China’s Shaanxi Province to develop local graphite resources

    02 June 2016

    The Provincial Ministry of Land and Resources in Shaanxi, China has announced plans to seek out new, high-quality rare and special minerals, with a focus on graphite to consolidate the province’s current scattered exploration rights.

  • Race towards battery grade graphite accelerates

    01 June 2016

    Continued stagnation in traditional end-markets of natural graphite has encouraged producers to turn to higher grade spherical graphite, for which demand is expected to surge driven by Li-ion-powered EVs. While China dominates this space, many graphite mining and exploration companies are racing towards securing a position in the market.

  • Imagine IM: Graphene is only as valuable as its application

    01 June 2016

    With hundreds of companies seeking to find a large scale commercial application for graphene, Imagine Intelligent Materials expects to see developments in value-added applications with a fast uptake and high but manageable volumes, leading the company to focus on graphene’s electrical conductivity to make smart materials.

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