A busy two quarters are ahead for Vancouver-based Leading Edge Materials at the dormant Swedish graphite mine that it is preparing to bring back to life.

On Thursday, the company published an update of plans for its Woxna mine, detailing the strategic research activities that are under way as it seeks to position the mine as a leading supplier of graphite for the high-growth European lithium ion battery market.

Woxna is a fully constructed mine, with all processing, waste management and infrastructure in place, but the site is currently held on a production ready basis to complete the research that is required to maximise the value of products.

Leading Edge is moving to larger “demonstration plant” scale testing, CEO Blair Way said, to allow for the commercial scale production of samples for customer qualification.

The company is busy completing an internal trade-off study for the installation of a battery graphite demonstration plant and expects the recommendations by the middle of the current quarter.

Additional graphite shaping/spheronising trials will also get under way for the final selection of appropriate equipment to achieve consistent product specifications at the demonstration plant. Results are expected during the current quarter.

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