Black to the Future
BlackEarth Minerals (ASX: BEM) is a mineral exploration and development company led a team of career mining experts that have identified growing trends in graphite demand, and targeted assets around the world rich in these specific types of high-value graphite.
Global demand for graphite has never been stronger. As a fundamental element to Lithium-ion batteries, graphite is all around us. It’s in our phones, watches and other portable devices but a trend is forming through the adoption of electric vehicles, with BlackEarth Minerals preparing to fill the supply gap.
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The BlackEarth Minerals Strategy
Foreseeing major growth in products specifically requiring flake graphite, the BlackEarth team identified graphite as a commodity high in commercial investment value.
Led by a Board of career mining experts, the Team behind BlackEarth Minerals each have a minimum of 20 years experience in the resources sector, Africa, project management and commercial operations.
When identifying global growth trends of high value, BlackEarth specifically identified projects in Madagascar to be advanced in their flake graphite prospectivity and capable of timely development.
Graphite comes in all different shapes and sizes but large flake graphite has been a focus for BlackEarth Minerals due to its practical use in products within growth industries.
When exposed to intense heat, flake graphite expands significantly and is used within flame retardant coating and sheeting.
Graphite provides high levels of electrical conductivity capable of sustaining high levels of heat which make it a fundamental ingredient within Lithium-ion batteries.
Due to its ability to withstand high temperatures and its general chemical inertness, graphite is an ideal refractory material. It is used in the production of refractory bricks and the manufacture of crucibles, ladles and moulds for containing molten metals. Graphite is also one of the most common materials used in the production of refractories for the continuous casting of steel.
MBA, BSc (Metallurgy)
Mr Hearse, one of Australia’s most respected mining professionals, has 40 years’ experience in diverse and challenging projects around the world. His extensive career has taken him from operational and technical support roles at Broken Hill, Bougainville Copper, Queensland Nickel and Gove Alumina to senior executive and managerial positions. Mr Hearse founded and managed Normet Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s major metallurgical and risk companies for 18 years. He also held the key role of Director Advisory with GRD Minproc Ltd (now Amec Foster Wheeler) from 2001 to 2005. Over the past 10 years, he has played a significant role in the development of a number of projects globally, including numerous graphite projects located in both Australia and East Africa.