Overview

Becoming a major supplier of eco-friendly graphite to rapid growing battery and electric vehicle sector

2019 has seen unprecedented global investment in lithium-ion battery manufacturing capacity to support the paradigm shift in transport technology to electric vehicles and battery storage for the renewable energy sector.

We are all familiar with the narrative on electric vehicles, battery storage and the growth in demand for battery minerals. This is the very understandable rationale for strong market focus on battery minerals in recent years.


Global demand

To cater to this new demand for quality graphite Kibaran has developed an integrated graphite business. To produce spherical graphite in Western Australia for export directly to major anode manufacturers while at the same time developing an upstream mining business to produce natural flake graphite as feedstock and for other traditional industrial markets.

Currently all global supply of spherical battery graphite is produced in China with a very toxic purification process using hydrofluoric acid.

There is strong demand by anode manufacturers outside China for an alternative non-Chinese supply that is environmentally friendly. This is the market demand that Kibaran is catering to.

EcoGraf: eco-friendly purification process

We have spent 3 years and many millions of dollars in perfecting a new eco-friendly purification process. In research & development, in process design, feasibility studies, piloting, product testing and endorsement by anode manufacturers, and more recently on engineering and design for a processing facility in Western Australia to export spherical graphite to customers in Asia, Europe and America.

The purification process and the spherical graphite product is trademarked EcoGraf with patent pending.

This project is now development ready. The Western Australian Government is providing strong support and has allocated Kibaran land in Kwinana near Perth. Financing discussions are well underway for debt and equity with both Government and industry groups. This funding is underpinned by offtake support from major industrial groups in the sector.

The opportunity to manufacture spherical graphite for the growing battery market is now a reality.

The Epanko mining project TanzGraphite in Tanzania is also ready for development and independent of the EcoGraf manufacturing business. Bank funding processes are now advancing well as the Tanzanian mining regulations are being implemented and the investment climate improves.