Larry W. Reaugh, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Manganese Inc.(“American Manganese” or “AMI” or the “Company”), (TSX.V: AMY; Pink Sheets: AMYZF; Frankfurt: 2AM), is pleased to announce that Kemetco Research Inc. (Kemetco) has successfully extracted nickel, manganese, cobalt and lithium from an NMC cathode material chemistry using AMI’s proprietary hydrometallurgical process.
Seven leach tests were conducted with a range of conditions. Extractions of 100% for nickel, manganese, cobalt and lithium were achieved from cathode powders used in lithium ion batteries. The time required to extract these metals ranged from 30 to 120 minutes, depending on the leaching conditions.
“These results demonstrate the potential for AMI’s proprietary hydrometallurgical process to recycle spent cathode materials from NMC chemistries.” says Mr. Reaugh. “Precipitation test work is underway to determine recoveries of the individual metals. The test data from the successful leach will form part of the intellectual property for which AMI intends to protect for the recycling of high value metals from lithium ion battery cathode materials of multiple chemistries – including, but not limited to: Nickel, Manganese, Cobalt, and Lithium.”
About Kemetco Research Inc.
Kemetco Research Inc. is a privately-owned contract research and development company specializing in extractive metallurgy, chemical processing and specialty chemical analysis. It was formed after the acquisition of the industrial process division of B.C. Research, which had been in operation for over 60 years as a research and development contractor in British Columbia.
About American Manganese Inc.
American Manganese Inc. is a diversified specialty and critical metal company focused on capitalizing on its patented intellectual property through low cost production or recovery of electrolytic manganese products throughout the world, and recycling of spent electric vehicle lithium ion rechargeable batteries.
Interest in the Company’s patented process has adjusted the focus of American Manganese Inc. toward the examination of applying its patented technology for other purposes and materials. American Manganese Inc. aims to capitalize on its patented technology and proprietary know-how to become and industry leader in the recycling of spent electric vehicle lithium ion batteries having cathode chemistries such as: Lithium-Cobalt, Lithium-Cobalt-Nickel-Manganese, and Lithium-Manganese (Please see the Company’s January 19, 2017 press release for further details).
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On behalf of Management
AMERICAN MANGANESE INC.
Larry W. Reaugh
President and Chief Executive Officer