A growing number of investors are interested in graphite because it is used in the lithium-ion batteries that power electric cars. It’s a strong plus for that metal, but it also has a number of other potentially profitable uses. For example, when added to steel, it increases its carbon content and makes it stronger. In the automobile industry, graphite is used in gaskets, brake linings and clutch materials. It also has a range of other industrial uses, including in other components of electric motors, batteries, lubricants and pencils. Graphite is increasingly used in electronic devices, such as smartphones, flat-panel displays, laptops and tablets.
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China now produces about 70% of the world’s graphite. It keeps about 60% of its output for its own use.
What is graphite?
Graphite is one of two naturally occurring crystalline forms of carbon (the other is diamond). Graphite stocks are the companies that own a graphite mine (one of which we look at below), and also firms that develop or use graphene (a material made from several layers of graphite) to develop products.
Graphite is a soft, greyish-black mineral with a metallic sheen. A graphite crystal is made up of loosely stacked one-atom-thick layers, much like a deck of cards. These layers can slide around, which makes graphite a good lubricant.
Graphite demand will likely continue to rise as demand for new electronic devices increases with a rebound in the global economy on pandemic easing. There are potential graphite mines and graphite deposits in Canada and around the world. These deposits could be brought profitably into production if prices rise high enough.
As well, higher prices would likely spur manufacturers who use graphite to look for substitutes (including synthetic graphite in certain applications), and to increase recycling.
Northern Graphite believes that its deposit contains large crystal-graphite flakes, which command a premium price. The company continues to drill to further define the deposit. It has also reported positive results from a test to determine whether the ore can be processed into high-quality graphite concentrate that is ready for sale.
Higher prices of graphite would likely spur manufacturers who use graphite to look for substitutes (including synthetic graphite in certain applications) and to increase recycling. All of this could affect longer-term demand for the company’s graphite if it brings a mine into production.
We don’t cover Northern Graphite in any of our newsletters, but we’ll keep an eye on it for members of Pat McKeough’s Inner Circle. Meanwhile, one of the best way to invest in graphite at this early stage is through major technology companies like IBM, who are funding the next stage of its research into graphene computer chips. Graphene’s extremely high conductivity would make it ideal for this use.
Here are 5 things we look for when we recommend mining stocks—including graphite mining stocks:
We generally stay away from mining stocks operating in insecure and politically unstable regions like the Congo and Venezuela, or in countries with little respect for property rights and the rule of law, like Russia or Mongolia. Mining is inherently a politically vulnerable business; you can’t move the mine to another country, and local citizens sometimes believe that a foreign mining company is robbing them of their birthright, even though they probably need the foreign company’s capital and expertise to get any value out of the ground. We like to see graphite mining stocks in countries like the U.S. and Canada if the demand for graphite rises.
When we recommend pure-exploration graphite and other mines, we prefer those that operate in an area with geology that is similar to that of nearby producing mines.
We look for well-financed junior mines with no immediate need to sell shares at low prices, since that would dilute existing investors’ interests. The best junior mines, including graphite mines, have a major partner who has agreed to pay for the drilling or other exploration or development, in exchange for an interest in the property.
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Thanks for your view on Northern Graphite.
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Thanks for your view on Northern Graphite.
I’ve been tracking Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc in Quebec since they went public earlier this year. Looks promising. Any thoughts?
Excellent information I am interested in graphite mines.
Invested in next resources 3 years ago. It’s developing a mine in Madagascar . So far have had great returns. I’m continuing to hold the stock.
Could you give us readers the information especially about NGC in a single article free of advertising which we can print out for our own reference and use ???
Thanks for your question. Noted.
Northern Graphite is located just off Highway 17 the Trans-Canada Highway not far from Deep River and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. Locals have known about Northern Graphite for a long time and apparently still consider it “speculative” but “Very Interesting”. I bought a small position in the stock just before the pandemic; I`m “up” but not by much . My question –does graphite have a role to play in the nuclear industry ?
Thanks for your question.
Graphite has applications in fission reactors. Fission reactors harness the energy liberated when heavy elements, such as uranium or plutonium, fragment or “fission”. Reactors of this type have existed for nearly 50 years. The first nuclear fission reactor, Chicago Pile No. 1, was constructed of graphite under a football stand at Stagg Field, University of Chicago.
Nuclear graphite is any of the grades of graphite, usually electro-graphite, specifically manufactured for use as a moderator or reflector within nuclear reactors.
All in all, graphite is an important material for the construction of both historical and modern nuclear reactors as it is one of the purest materials manufactured at industrial scale and it retains its properties (including strength) at high temperatures.