TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 20, 2016) - Great Lakes Graphite Inc. ("GLK" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:GLK)(OTC PINK:GLKIF)(FRANKFURT:8GL) announces that a report published on the Benchmark Minerals Intelligence website details Hitachi Chemical plans to expand their graphite anode capacity by four-fold in four years. The expansion is underway to prepare for the global wave of demand from lithium ion battery megafactories that are currently under construction.
Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, recognized as the leading source for information on battery input materials, referred to this news as, "...the most significant development for the lithium ion battery anode industry and flake graphite feedstock sector to date." The report notes that Hitachi is investing up to $90m to expand its capacity in Japan to produce 100,000 tonnes of graphite anode material by 2020. The report estimates 2017 demand will grow almost 17% to 122,000 tonnes, up from 105,000 tonnes in 2016.
Paul Gorman, CEO of Great Lakes Graphite said, "Critical links in the battery supply chain required to support a projected massive increase in demand are beginning to come into view as we get information such as this report from Benchmark Minerals. Great Lakes Graphite is moving quickly to bring together capabilities that will enable us to participate in this supply chain through the high volume manufacturing of high purity micronized graphite, prepared for use as a battery input material."
[report refers to consistency of quality issues with Chinese material - play up Brazilian angle]
The complete report is available here: http://benchmarkminerals.com/Blog/china-threat-sparks-hitachis-five-fold-graphite-anode-expansion/
About Great Lakes Graphite: Great Lakes Graphite Inc. is an industrial minerals company focussed on bringing value-added carbon products to a well-defined market.
The Company has entered into long-term agreements for use of the Matheson Micronization Facility and for supply of high quality natural graphite concentrate (see news release dated 03/23/15) which have positioned Great Lakes Graphite to become an emerging domestic manufacturer and supplier of micronized products to a growing regional customer base where pricing and demand continue to rise.
Further information regarding Great Lakes can be found on the Company's website at: www.GreatLakesGraphite.com.
Great Lakes Graphite trades with symbol GLK on the TSX Venture Exchange and currently has 123,444,330 shares outstanding.
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