An Apr. 17, 2013 news item on Nanowerk announces that Lomiko Metals, a Canadian company, is having some graphite flakes tested, a fact I find less interesting than the (heretofore unknown to me) existence of the Quatre Milles mine,
Lomiko Metals announces that it has prepared a variety of high to ultra pure carbon flake graphite samples for testing by Strategic Alliance Partner Graphene Laboratories Inc., which has been involved in researching graphene and the development of graphene-related products.
Lomiko and Graphene Labs plan to co-develop a vertically integrated supply chain that includes a secure supply of high-quality graphite, cost-effective and scalable processing, tight quality control and integration of graphene-based products in end-user products. The parties will capitalize on the secure supply of high quality graphite, provided by Lomiko, and the extensive customer database and expertise in graphene materials brought by Graphene Labs. [emphasis mine]
The Lomiko Metals Apr. 16, 2012 news release describes the source of that “secure supply of high quality graphite”,
Lomiko will provide mineral samples from the Quatre Milles Project required for testing natural high quality flake graphite for graphene conversion. [emphasis mine] The primary goal of testing is for Graphene Labs to develop a feasible procedure for the purification of flake graphite for use in graphene production. Graphene Labs will also provide guidance on technologies tailored to the production of graphene and graphene-related materials.
Further, Lomiko will continue to work towards securing financing to complete the acquisition of the Quatre Milles West Property.
Here’s more about Lomiko Metals, from the website’s Corporate page,
Lomiko Metals is focused on the exploration and development of minerals for the new green economy. The company has graphite properties in Quebec and a Zinc Discovery in Northern B.C.
The Company is a reporting issuer and an exchange issuer under the Securities Act of British Columbia and Alberta and, as such, is required to make filing on a continuous basis there under. Such material is available for inspection at www.sedar.com. The Issuer’s common shares are listed and posted for trading on the TSX-Venture Exchange.
The company also provides more information about Quatre Milles,
The Quatre Milles East Property is road accessible and is located approximately 175 km northwest of Montreal and 17 km due north of the village of Sainte-Veronique, Quebec. The property consists of 28 contiguous claims totaling approximately 1,600 hectares. …
The property was originally staked and explored by Graphicor Resources Inc. (“Graphicor”) in the summer of 1989 based on the results of a regional helicopter-borne EM survey. The underlying geology consists of intercalated biotite gneiss, biotite feldspar gneiss, marble, quartzite and calc-silicate lithologies of the Central Metasedimentary Belt of the Grenville Province. Lomiko recently optioned the Quatre Milles West Property, a 2180 Ha Property with similiar geology. Combined, the Quatre Milles Property is 3,780 Ha.
The Quatre Milles page also features an analysis of the graphite market,
Global consumption of natural graphite has increased from approximately 600,000 tonnes in 2000 to roughly 1.2 million tonnes in 2011. Demand for graphite has been increasing by approximately 5 per cent per year since 2000 due to the continuing modernization of China, India and other emerging economies, resulting in strong demand from traditional end uses such as the steel and automotive industries. Graphite also has many important new applications such as lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells, and nuclear and solar power that have the potential to create significant incremental demand growth. There is roughly 10-20 times more graphite in a lithium-ion battery than there is lithium. Demand for graphite is expected to rise as electric vehicles and lithium battery technology are adopted.
They may want to update that section about the market for graphite in light of recent events as per my Jan. 28, 2013 posting regarding the 1B Euro graphene research project in Europe and my Feb. 19, 2013 posting on UK commercialization efforts.
There’s more about the New York state-based Graphene Laboratories here.