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

The Vision

Foreseeing major growth in products specifically requiring flake graphite, the BlackEarth team identified graphite as a commodity high in commercial investment value.

The Team

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.

The Assets

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.

Uses of Flake Graphite

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.

Fire Retardants

When exposed to intense heat, flake graphite expands significantly and is used within flame retardant coating and sheeting.

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Graphite provides high levels of electrical conductivity capable of sustaining high levels of heat which make it a fundamental ingredient within Lithium-ion batteries.

Refractories

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.

Our Team

Phil Hearse

Non-executive Chairman

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.

Why Madagascar?

Fundamental to BlackEarth’s vision of success was to identify the right commodity in the right jurisdiction. Having scoured the globe for prospective flake graphite systems, Madagascar met strict criteria where BlackEarth owns 100% of the highly prospective Maniry and Ianapera Graphite Projects.

 

Previous systematic exploration at Maniry revealed that it has the potential to host a large large-scale graphite mineralised system and consequently represents a priority project area for BlackEarth Minerals. 

 

Ianapera, located 60km north of Maniry, consists of a series of high-grade outcrops of graphite mineralisation. These high-grade, near-surface exposures of graphite lie atop a large conductive body, as defined by electromagnetic surveying.

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BlackEarth Minerals in the Community

Part of BlackEarth’s vision of success is to establish meaningful and effective engagement within the community it operates in. BlackEarth has built close relationships with community stakeholders over many years in regions prone to flooding and with limited access to resources.

Australian Doctors for Africa

BlackEarth Minerals work closely with Australians Doctors for Africa (ADFA) to provide financial support towards their new clinic in Ampanihy, the closest city to Maniry.

Education Initiatives

BlackEarth Minerals continues to partner with local Maniry councillors and educators to assist local children gain access to schooling in the District of Ampanihy.

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