NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/26/12 -- The following is an investment opinion highlighting General Motors (NYSE: GM), Graphite Corp. (OTCQB: GRPH), Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL).
According to a recent market analysis article issued by MetalMiner (www.agmetalminer.com), a Source & Trading Intelligence for Global Metals Markets, the US State Department, British Geological Survey and the European Commission have all declared Graphite to be a critical raw material, due to its importance in crucial industries such as steel, lithium-ion batteries, and nuclear reactors.
As sales of electric cars like General Motors (NYSE: GM) Chevy Volt continue to expand and the explosion of tablet computing from companies like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) continue to dominate technology markets, graphite continues to become increasingly in demand as it plays a crucial part in lithium ion batteries, the power behind these products. One of the largest lithium ion battery makers A123 Systems will be acquired by Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), who will continue to operate A123's facilities in Michigan as well as their China interests.
Graphite prices have been increasing in recent years, and investor interest in this industry has been climbing as word spreads about the impending boom in demand and the companies that will be making moves to meet it. However, with such few companies producing Graphite, and nearly 70% of world graphite production currently coming from China, Government bodies are starting to take notice of how crucial secure supplies of graphite have become.
A recent Canaccord research report highlights how "annual flake graphite production will have to increase by a factor of six by 2020 to meet incremental lithium carbonate requirements for batteries." Currently, the US does not produce natural graphite domestically and is almost completely dependent on imports for graphite supply. More than 50 percent of the US graphite requirement is met by imports from China, which is a cause for concern for the US Government.
Recently, Graphite Corp. (OTCQB: GRPH), a company focused on the exploration and development of graphite-bearing properties in the United States has been expanding its position in two historically significant graphite-mining areas in Montana and Alabama. The Company has begun field studies in order to rapidly develop and initiate commercialization plans and is positioned to emerge as a leading pure-play exploration company through the development of these strategic land positions that are home to America's most significant graphite resource. For more information about Graphite Corp.'s move to produce graphite in America visit www.graphite-corp.com.
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