Western Lithium USA Corp of Reno, NV shipped its first order of Hectatone drilling additive product on January 2, 2015, from its plant on Fernley, NV. The product was made to specifications requested by Western Lithiums Houston-based distributor Raw Materials Corp. Production based samples have now been sent to other potential customers that have expressed an interest in the purchase of the product. Jay Chmelauskas, Western Lithiums CEO, said, Our team put in a significant effort over the holidays to achieve steady-state operations at our Hectatone plant so that we could start the new year with production. Our focus at Hectatone for 2015 will now turn to production, service, sales, and research. Frank B Wright, Hectatones president, further stated, Now that the plant is operational, we plan to manufacture other Hectatone products in the weeks and months ahead as potential customers begin to recognize Hectatone as a reliable supplier with a state-of-the-art facility, high performance competitive products, and service that is focused on the drilling industry. Additional plant modifications and operational procedural improvements are still expected over the coming months to meet nameplate capacity of 10,000 tons/year. Western Lithium has also recommenced lithium demonstration plant activities in Germany on January 5, 2015. The lithium demonstration will be used to continue to test equipment and design parameters in 2015. The company also reports that the design activities for a lithium hydroxide plant are approximately 50% complete to finalize the design of its proprietary lithium hydroxide circuit for the production of high quality lithium product.
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