Graphite Prices Report

TRU Group Inc. Tucson Tel 1-520-229-7836
Toronto Tel 1-416- 935-1754
StrategicMindset Technology
Toronto, ON + Tucson AZ
PRESS RELEASE
As Graphite Prices Stumble, Advanced Engineering, Integration and a
Robust Business Model become Critical to Success for New Operations
TRU Group Inc, Tucson AZ Toronto ON release October 27, 2014 -
Graphite consultants TRU
Group Inc says that the latest China monthly graphite export data supports the
idea of some graphite
price stabilization.
Natural graphite prices
trending lower would
bolster their
competitiveness
against synthetic
graphite and accelerate
demand.
TRU president
Edward Anderson says
“Graphite prices have
developed as earlier
projected with natural
flake graphite prices
continuing their decline
through 2014 heading for an average of US$840 per t. There is a tendency to stabilize but
this is not to say that prices have bottomed out yet".
(See TRU graphite price forecast chart 2009-
2015 left). The moderation is more a function of Chinese government policy adjustments as they begin to
realize that their attempts to control prices are damaging their own industry - notwithstanding the genuine
environmental concerns. Growth of western supply means there are few underlying market forces to hold
natural graphite prices at this level and the medium trend in the outlook through 2015 and beyond is
negative for most graphite product prices - including prices for (coated) natural spherical flake graphite.
Weaker natural graphite prices are a challenge for the majority of the many
new graphite projects under development by graphite mining juniors.
Anderson
says that "only a handful of the projects are potentially viable operations but even they
cannot get needed financing because the owner-junior-miner business models are seen by
investors as unsound. Many of the graphite juniors appear by industry specialists on the one
hand to be preoccupied with geology and the other hand are caught up in the hype over the
Tesla Motors Inc plan to build a lithium battery plant in Nevada, USA. Indeed, some claim to
be near production but have not even properly scientifically characterized the graphite they
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