International Graphite is on track to deliver the first samples of its spheroidised, purified, battery anode materials (BAM), with equipment for its research and development facility due to be delivered within months.
The equipment, consisting of a laboratory ultra high temperature furnace and a spheroidising pilot plant and associated services, will enable our technical and engineering team to refine our BAM production processes, with the aim of providing product samples to potential end user customers for qualification.
Chairman Phil Hearse said the equipment would enable the company to implement the process designs it had been developing for almost three years, with funding generated by strong support for the company’s successful seed capital raising.
“This equipment allows us to manufacture purified, spheroidised battery anode material for validation by potential technology partners and product end users,” Mr Hearse said.
“IG will be one of the first wave of graphite manufacturers supplying high quality anode material to the global battery market and we are looking forward to starting work on this exciting chapter.
“In the short term, plans are well underway for our graphite micronising and foils facility which will provide a range of processed graphite products to the industrial market and provide the revenue to support full-scale development of our BAM capability.
“International quality, safety and environmental standards will be built into our product DNA, and we are committed to contributing to an ethical and sustainable supply chain.
“Our technology partners are experts in graphite processing and provide IG with direct access to best practice engineering capabilities. We have also secured strong relationships and signed agreements with some of the world’s leading graphite process equipment companies.”