Elcora receives manganese production license in Morocco

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Elcora Advanced Materials announces that it has received, through its Ermazon SARL wholly owned subsidiary, a Manganese Exploitation License from the Moroccan government for its site named “Atlas Fox Deposit” in the region.

This license allows Elcora to mine, extract, process and sell Manganese from its 16 km² mining concession in Morocco.

The Atlas Fox Deposit had been mined until the mid-fifties when the French rule in Morocco came to an end. A representative amount of the mineral was sent to the SGS-certified African Laboratory for Mining and Environment (AFRILAB). Manganese (Mn) masses tested between 16% and 50% for an average of 34% before sorting or processing.

The mining method will initially be open pit, the production potential run rate at the Atlas Fox Deposit is thought to be approximately 2,500 metric tonnes/month. Manganese ore 37% sells at about $331USD / metric ton (https://www.fastmarkets.com) on the international market. The price is not necessarily indicative of the sales prices to be received by Elcora.

Recently passed EU, US and Canadian policies and laws aim to support local economies, secure their battery raw material supply chains, and accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels into clean energy. The objective of these policies and laws has direct benefits to the Manganese Market.

Manganese is not only an essential metal in converting iron into steel, but it also plays a crucial role in the longevity, energy and performance of the batteries produced to power electric vehicles. The Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt oxide battery is most common in power tools and in powertrains for vehicles. In these batteries, electrolytic Manganese dioxide is used as a cathode material.

The increasing use of electric vehicles is expected to drive the demand for Manganese, investors are optimistic that lithium-ion batteries that require Manganese will become more common in the future.

Troy Grant, Elcora’s CEO commented, “The use of Manganese not only provides a solution for renewable energy storage, but it also has the potential to create new jobs and stimulate local economic growth. The extraction and processing of Manganese requires specialized skills and technology, and the development of Manganese-based batteries has the potential to create new industries driving Elcora’s growth”.