Industrial Minerals' Simon Moores reported yesterday that China's Heilongjiang province, the world's top flake graphite-producing region, has officially announced plans to start consolidating graphite mines in the next 18 months.
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Proactive Investors UK reported that concerns are beginning to surface that a "bubble is forming around shares in graphene groups." Further, the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has noted that the graphene space is becoming an arena for fraudulent activity.
Bloomberg reported that according to Liz Jarvis-Shean, a spokesperson for Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA), the company plans to only use raw materials sourced from North American for its proposed $5-billion lithium-ion battery gigafactory.
R&D Magazine reported that a research team led by scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has discovered a potential new way make thin diamond films for use in various industrial applications.
MIT Technology Review reported that researchers are experimenting with graphene to solve a growing problem with computer processors: overheating.
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.
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.