Monthly Archives: October 2014

Asbury expands graphite and carbon foothold into Europe

Asbury Carbons has officially opened its 9th graphite and carbon plant in Maastricht, Netherlands and is expected to start processing material within a matter of days. Benchmark Mineral Intelligence was invited to attend the Grand Opening of the plant which is the first of its kind for Asbury within Europe and builds on the 7 … Continue reading Asbury expands graphite and carbon foothold into Europe

China admits 40% of magnetic rare earths supply is illegal

China – the world’s leading producer of rare earth elements – has revealed that 40% of its supply used in high strength magnets is from illegally mined sources in the country. The figure was revealed by rare earths expert Prof. Dudley Kingsnorth of Industrial Minerals Company of Australia (IMCOA) at a high level conference in … Continue reading China admits 40% of magnetic rare earths supply is illegal

Batteries leave lithium hydroxide facing tight supply

The focus for the lithium industry has generally been on lithium carbonate. It is, after all, the number one manufactured product in the industry, used in industrial markets, pharmaceuticals and the rapidly growing battery sector. In terms of production, the lithium carbonate market is roughly 2.5 times larger than its close relation, lithium hydroxide. Previous … Continue reading Batteries leave lithium hydroxide facing tight supply

Inside Australia’s graphite boom

Graphite is firmly on the radar in Australia’s investment community after over 80 investors, ranging from high net worth individuals to institutions, attended Shaw Stockbroking’s Graphite Conference 2014. Graphite has enjoyed serious publicity and a boom in Australia this year as investors tracked the strong stock performance of Syrah Resources (ASX: SYR). This publicity was … Continue reading Inside Australia’s graphite boom