Northern Graphite Corp of Ottawa, ON has announced the development and successful testing of a proprietary process for coating spherical graphite which is the final step before it can be used as an anode material in lithium ion batteries. The company’s Bissett Creek project in Ontario is designed to produce an average of 20,800 tonnes/year of graphite concentrate at 94.5% Cg when it is in operation. Edward Buiel, founder of Coulometrics LLC and Northerns partner in developing the coating procedure, stated, Large flake graphite from the Bissett Creek deposit has a uniquely pristine crystal structure. The low degree of disorder requires little or no thermal processing and naturally leads to a high degree of reversible capacity for lithium ion battery applications. The large pristine flakes also have natural advantages in terms of battery purification and yield during spheronizing that can lead to lower production costs. Ontario Graphite Ltd of Kearney, ON has appointed Tom Burkett as CEO. Mr Burkett has previously worked with the SGL Group, The Carbon Co, and Graftech International. Most recently he was Head of SGLs Graphite Materials & Systems business and prior to that Global Head of SGLs Expanded Graphite division. Jesse Rodriguez, Co-Lead of Ontario Graphites board of directors, said, His extensive leadership and industry experience will guide and focus our organization as the Kearney mine ramps up to production and we establish our reputation as the premier producer of natural flake graphite in North America. Canada Carbon Inc of Vancouver, BC has received permission to collect and ship up to 480 tonnes of graphite-bearing materials from its Miller mine graphite property in Quebec. The company says it is in discussions with industry-leading graphite processors with respect to toll milling of the bulk sample and anticipates having 150-250 tonnes of high-purity graphite concentrate available to ship in the second quarter of 2014.
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