In an article published this morning, Industrial Minerals' Simon Moores states that Tesla Motors Inc.'s (NASDAQ:TSLA) planned $5-billion lithium-ion battery "gigafactory" could increase natural graphite demand by 37 percent by 2020.
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Simon Moores of Industrial Minerals reported yesterday that prices for large-flake graphite have now settled, "in both nominal and real terms," much higher than pre-global recession levels.
Industrial Minerals' Simon Moores reported Wednesday on the skepticism surrounding graphene's relevance to the graphite industry, commenting that he believes that most graphite miners and processors will not be interested in entering the graphene space.
Phys.org reported earlier this week that Northwestern University, along with the Center for Nanoscale Materials EMMD Group at Argonne, has for the first time demonstrated the growth of graphene on a silver substrate.
Mineweb reported that this month there has been a "massive pick-up of interest in Canadian graphite juniors," particularly Lomiko Metals Inc. (TSXV:LMR) and Berkwood Resources Ltd. (TSXV:BKR). As yet it is uncertain whether the trend will continue.
Industrial Minerals' Simon Moores reported that as many as 55 graphite miners and processors in the Chinese town of Pingdu have been ordered to stop producing flake graphite on environmental grounds.
CBC News reported that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given US$100,000 to a research team from the University of Manchester so that it can develop a "super thin and durable" condom made of latex and graphene. The research will be led by Aravind Vijayaraghavan.
Industrial Minerals' Laura Syrett took a look at the benefits of making graphene using natural graphite as a "parent material."
In a recent article for Industrial Minerals, Simon Moores explains that although private graphite producers have largely not enjoyed the sector's recent influx of junior companies, those juniors are improving the industry by encouraging competition and continual improvement while also pushing the search for new markets and demand.
Industrial Minerals reported that prices for flake 97-percent carbon -100 mesh graphite, which is generally used by high-tech and niche industries, are more than 14 percent lower than they were at the beginning of the third quarter of this year.