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Mason Graphite Inc. (" Mason Graphite " or the " Company ") (TSX-V: LLG) (OTCQX: MGPHF) today announced that, following the board of directors' recommendation, Mason Graphite's shareholders approved the Proposed JV Transaction (as defined below) with Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. (" Nouveau Monde ") (NYSE: NMG) (TSX-V: NOU) and the Proposed COB (as defined below) at the special meeting of shareholders held today in a hybrid format.

Each of the Proposed JV Transaction and the Proposed COB was approved by 99.0% of Mason Graphite's common shares represented in person (or virtually) or by proxy at the special meeting.

It is anticipated that the initial closing of the transactions contemplated under the investment agreement dated May 15, 2022 between the Company and Nouveau Monde (the " Investment Agreement "), including the execution of the OJV Agreement (as defined below) by Mason Graphite and Nouveau Monde and the private placement of 5.0 million common shares of the Company to Nouveau Monde at a price of $0.50 for gross proceeds to the Company of $2.5 million, will occur on or about July 20, 2022. A copy of the Investment Agreement is available under Mason Graphite's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com .

At the special meeting, Mason Graphite's shareholders approved, among other things, (i) the entering into by the Company of the option and joint venture agreement (the " OJV Agreement ") with Nouveau Monde pursuant to which (A) Mason Graphite will grant to Nouveau Monde a sole, exclusive, irrevocable and non-assignable option to acquire a fifty-one percent (51%) undivided co-ownership interest in the Lac Guéret property owned by the Company (the " Lac Guéret Property ") and other related assets (the " Option ") and, (B) upon the exercise of such Option by Nouveau Monde, form of a joint venture with Nouveau Monde to undertake exploration, development and mining activities at the Lac Guéret Property (the " Joint Venture ") (the granting of the Option and the formation of the Joint Venture being hereinafter referred to as the " Proposed JV Transaction "), and (ii) the change of business of the Company from a "Tier 2 mining issuer" to a "Tier 2 investment issuer" pursuant to Policy 5.2 – Changes of Business and Reverse Takeovers of the TSX Venture Exchange (the " Proposed COB ", and together with the Proposed JV Transaction, the " Proposed Transactions ").

About Mason Graphite

Mason Graphite is a Canadian corporation focused on the production and transformation of natural graphite. Its strategy includes the development of value-added products, notably for green technologies like transport electrification. The Company also owns 100% of the rights to the Lac Guéret deposit, one of the richest graphite deposits in the world. The Company is also the largest shareholder of Black Swan Graphene Inc., a Canadian private company focusing on the large-scale production and commercialization of patented high-performance and low-cost graphene products aimed at several industrial sectors, including concrete, polymers, Li-ion batteries and others. For more information: www.masongraphite.com .

About Nouveau Monde

Nouveau Monde is striving to become a key contributor to the sustainable energy revolution. The company is working toward developing a fully integrated source of carbon-neutral battery anode material in Québec, Canada, for the growing lithium-ion and fuel cell markets. With low-cost operations and enviable environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, Nouveau Monde aspires to become a strategic supplier to the world's leading battery and automobile manufacturers, providing high-performing and reliable advanced materials while promoting sustainability and supply chain traceability. Nouveau Monde is listed on the NYSE under the symbol "NMG" and on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "NOU".

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements made in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including, but not limited to, statements with respect to the timing of the Special Meeting, and other statements that are not material facts. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "estimate", "plan", "could", "should", "would", "outlook", "forecast", "anticipate", "foresee", "continue" or the negative of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology.

Although the Company believes that the forward-looking statements in this news release are based on information and assumptions that are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are by their nature subject to a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from management's expectations and plans as set forth in such forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control and the effects of which can be difficult to predict: (i) the risks related to the approval of the Proposed Transactions by the TSX Venture Exchange and other risks related to the satisfaction of the conditions to closing the Proposed Transactions, (ii) general risks related to the completion of the Proposed Transactions, (iii) the risks related to the formation of a joint venture, such as the Joint Venture with Nouveau Monde, (iv) volatile stock price; (v) the general global markets and economic conditions; (vi) the possibility of write-downs and impairments; (vii) the risk associated with exploration, development and operations of mineral deposits; (viii) the risk associated with establishing title to mineral properties and assets; (ix) the risks associated with entering into joint ventures; (x) fluctuations in commodity prices; (xi) the risks associated with uninsurable risks arising during the course of exploration, development and production; (xii) competition faced by the Joint Venture in securing experienced personnel and financing; (xiii) access to adequate infrastructure to support mining, processing, development and exploration activities; (xiv) the risks associated with changes in the mining regulatory regime governing the Joint Venture; (xv) the risks associated with the various environmental regulations the Joint Venture is subject to; (xvi) risks related to regulatory and permitting delays; (xvii) risks related to potential conflicts of interest; (xviii) the reliance on key personnel; (xix) liquidity risks; (xx) the risk of potential dilution through the issuance of common shares; (xxi) the companies do not anticipate declaring dividends in the near term; (xxii) the risk of litigation; and (xxiii) risk management. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release. Mason Graphite disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Additional Information

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For further information

Mason Graphite Inc.
Paul Hardy, VP Corporate Development
1-416-844-7365 ext. 3030,
phardy@masongraphite.com


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Altech Chemicals Ltd Update of High Purity Alumina Project

Perth, Australia (ABN Newswire) - Altech Chemicals Limited (ASX:ATC) (FRA:A3Y) is pleased to provide an update on its Malaysian high purity alumina (HPA) project, and its continuing efforts to close project finance.

Highlights

- KfW IPEX-Bank continues to be in full support of the Company's Malaysia HPA project

- German Government Export Credit Agency Euler Hermes extends US$170m loan cover

- EPC contractor SMS group reiterates support of the HPA project

- Work continues on US$144m Green Gond offer

- Project level equity funding is being advanced by US based DelMorgan

Managing director Iggy Tan, accompanied by executive management, recently completed a visit to Europe.

The visit included a meeting with German government owned KfW IPEX-Bank, during which the bank was briefed on the status of Altech's secondary project finance initiatives - a US$144m green bond offer and the US$100m project level equity funding initiative. KfW IPEX-Bank confirmed its continued support for the project, and its commitment to the senior loan facility of US$190m. Importantly, Euler Hermes, the German government export credit agency, has renewed the US$170m export credit cover (guaranteed) for the KfW IPEX Bank senior loan facility. Both KfW IPEX-Bank and Euler Hermes acknowledged the headwinds facing project finance close from disruptions caused by the pandemic in the last few years as well as the current market uncertainty exacerbated by the Ukraine crisis in Europe.

A meeting was also held with Altech's long-standing strategic engineering partner and metallurgical consultant SMS group GmbH ("SMS"). SMS is contracted to construct the Malaysian HPA plant, and like KfW IPEX-Bank and Euler Hermes, SMS reiterated that it continues to be supportive of the Company's HPA project and looks forward to re-starting work on site. Altech and SMS agreed to extend the long stop date on the HPA plant's EPC contract.

Altech continues to work with London based structuring agent Bedford Row Capital Plc and Perth based Bluemount Capital (WA) Pty Ltd to finalise a US$144m green bond offering. Detailed presentations and discussions with interested parties are ongoing, and these are expected to continue.

In parallel with the bond offering, Altech is continuing with its endeavours to secure commitments for a project equity investment of US$100M. US Based global investment bank DelMorgan & Co. has advanced several leads and potential investors in relation to this. Presentations by Altech and detailed discussions with interested parties are ongoing.

Whilst headwinds in the current equity and financial markets are challenging, management remains committed to the project finance process, and for a positive project finance outcome.

In Malaysia, the HPA plant site within the Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex remains in sound condition.

Regular site maintenance work is undertaken and permanent site security is in place. The already constructed maintenance workshop, electrical substation and storm water management infrastructure remain in as-constructed condition.



About Altech Chemicals Ltd:

Altech Chemicals Limited (ASX:ATC) (FRA:A3Y) is aiming to become one of the world's leading suppliers of 99.99% (4N) high purity alumina (Al2O3) through the construction and operation of a 4,500tpa high purity alumina (HPA) processing plant at Johor, Malaysia. Feedstock for the plant will be sourced from the Company's 100%-owned kaolin deposit at Meckering, Western Australia and shipped to Malaysia.

HPA is a high-value, high margin and highly demanded product as it is the critical ingredient required for the production of synthetic sapphire. Synthetic sapphire is used in the manufacture of substrates for LED lights, semiconductor wafers used in the electronics industry, and scratch-resistant sapphire glass used for wristwatch faces, optical windows and smartphone components. Increasingly HPA is used by lithium-ion battery manufacturers as the coating on the battery's separator, which improves performance, longevity and safety of the battery. With global HPA demand approximately 19,000t (2018), it is estimated that this demand will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% (2018-2028); by 2028 HPA market demand will be approximately 272,000t, driven by the increasing adoption of LEDs worldwide as well as the demand for HPA by lithium-ion battery manufacturers to serve the surging electric vehicle market.



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Graphite Market Update: H1 2022 in Review

Click here to read the previous graphite market update.

As the world continues to move away from fossil fuels to green sources of energy, the role of battery metals is becoming increasingly important, with graphite being no exception.

Analysts continue to be optimistic about the future of graphite and its use in electric vehicle (EV) batteries — at least for the next few years. Both synthetic graphite and natural graphite, in the form of the intermediate product spherical graphite, are currently used in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries.

What happened in the graphite market so far in 2022? Read on to learn about the main supply and demand dynamics in H1 and what market participants are expecting for the rest of the year.

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South Star Battery Metals Announces Land Purchase, Application Submittal for the Full Mining License Doubling Production and Construction Update for Phase 1 Plant & Mine at its Santa Cruz Graphite Project

South Star Battery Metals Announces Land Purchase, Application Submittal for the Full Mining License Doubling Production and Construction Update for Phase 1 Plant & Mine at its Santa Cruz Graphite Project

South Star Battery Metals Corp. ("South Star" or the "Company") (TSXV: STS) (OTCQB: STSBD), is pleased to announce that it has finalized the agreement for the land purchase required for construction of the Phase 1 mine and plant facilities as well as the first two to three years of operations at its Santa Cruz Graphite Project in Bahia, Brazil.

In addition, South Star has submitted the Planned Economic Analysis ("PAE") and the request for the final mining license ("concessão de lavra") to the Brazilian Mining Authority ("ANM") on August 1 st , 2022 for the Claim 872.737/2010, which is where the Phase 1 facilities are currently being installed. The proposed PAE doubles the Santa Cruz production capacity presented in the previously released PFS (March 2020) and incorporates a third phase of project development. The planned production schedule follows:

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Altech Chemicals Ltd Quarterly Activities Report

Perth, Australia (ABN Newswire) - Altech Chemicals Ltd (ASX:ATC) (FRA:A3Y) is pleased to announce the outstanding results from a Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) for the development of a 10,000tpa silicon/graphite alumina coating plant, in Saxony, Germany. The plant would be constructed by Altech Industries Germany GmbH (AIG), (ownership: 75% Altech, 25% Frankfurt stock exchange listed Altech Advanced Materials AG (AAM)), and would produce high capacity silicon/graphite battery anode materials "Silumina Anodes" under exclusive license from Altech. "Silumina Anodes " products are targeted to supply the burgeoning European electric vehicle market.

With a capital investment of US$95 million, the Company estimates a project net present value of US$507 million (NPV8), with net cash of US$63 million per annum generated from operations. The internal rate of return is estimated at 40%, with investment capital paid back in approximately 3.1 years. Total annual revenue at the 10,000tpa full rate of production is estimated US$185 million per annum.

Managing Director, Mr Iggy Tan, stated "Whilst Altech's top priority continues to be financing its Johor HPA project, the Silumina Anodes project represents an exciting downstream opportunity to utilise its HPA coating technology in silicon/graphite battery materials. We are pleased and excited about the results of the 10,000tpa Silumina Anodes PFS. Due to the attractive economics of the study, a decision has been made by the AIG board to immediately progress to a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the project. AIG has already purchased land in Germany suitable for the project, and the plan is for the AIG team in Saxony to immediately commence DFS work. We believe that the production of Silumina Anodes materials could be a game changing technology for the lithium ion battery industry".

OUTSTANDING PRELIMINARY FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR SILUMINA ANODES BATTERY MATERIALS PROJECT

- Highly positive preliminary feasibility study for 10,000tpa Silumina Anodes project.

- Low capital cost (US$95 million) with outstanding economics.

- Pre-tax Net Present Value (NPV8) of US$507 million.

- Attractive Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 40%.

- Site in Saxony, Germany already purchased.

- Green accredited project using renewable energy.

- European high quality graphite and silicon supply.

- Pilot plant engineering for product qualification underway.

- NDA executed with two German automakers and one European battery maker.

MAJOR SHAREHOLDERS CONVERT LISTED OPTIONS

- The Company's largest shareholder, Deutsche Balaton Aktiengesellschaft has converted 15,000,000 listed options with an expiry date of 31 May 2022 and conversion price of $0.08 each, for total proceeds of $1,200,000.

- Another significant shareholder, Delphi Unternehmensberatung Aktiengesellschaft has converted 11,519,296 listed options for total proceeds of $921,543.

- Altech has received total funds of $2,121,543 from both the Deutsche Balaton and Delphi conversions.

REMAINING LISTED OPTIONS EXPIRE

- All unexercised options with an expiry date of 31 May 2022 and exercise price of $0.08, have now expired.

- Altech does not have any other options on issue.

PATENT PROTECTION FOR SILUMINA ANODES BATTERY MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY

- Patent protection for Silumina Anodes battery materials technology in place.

- Australian provisional patent application originally filed on 13 May 2021.

- Broaden filings to extend reach and protection

- National Patent filings in the United States, Europe, China, Japan and Korea.

- International Patent filing covering up to 156 countries.

NEW WEBSITE

- Shareholders and interested parties can access the web site on www.altechchemicals.com.

SILUMINA ANODES PILOT PLANT CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT EXECUTED

- Silumina Anodes pilot plant construction contract executed with Kuttner GmbH & Co.

- Final plant engineering design and cost estimation completed.

- Strong experience in delivering metallurgical plant projects.

- Long lead items procurement has already commenced.

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH FRAUNHOFER IKTS FOR SILUMINA ANODES QUALIFICATION

- Fast track Silumina Anodes product qualification with Fraunhofer IKTS.

- Fraunhofer IKTS is a world renowned battery materials and battery performance research centre in Germany.

- Independent performance testing and qualification of Silumina Anodes product will assist early market entry.

- IKTS has expressed potential for Silumina Anodes battery material.

JOHOR HPA PROJECT FINANCE UPDATE

- Altech continues discussions with various interested parties in relation to the Green Bond offering as well as the project equity finance.

- Project equity finance process running in parallel with Green Bond offer.

- Due diligence process with interested parties ongoing.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN KAOLIN RESOURCE AT KERRIGAN

- Recent drilling program yields fresh kaolin resource data at Kerrigan tenement.

- Inferred Resource of 125 million tonnes of kaolin reported

- 47% increase in the kaolin tonnage compared to previous estimates.

*To view the full Quarterly Report summarized above, please visit:
https://abnnewswire.net/lnk/QNR1C327



About Altech Chemicals Ltd:

Altech Chemicals Limited (ASX:ATC) (FRA:A3Y) is aiming to become one of the world's leading suppliers of 99.99% (4N) high purity alumina (Al2O3) through the construction and operation of a 4,500tpa high purity alumina (HPA) processing plant at Johor, Malaysia. Feedstock for the plant will be sourced from the Company's 100%-owned kaolin deposit at Meckering, Western Australia and shipped to Malaysia.

HPA is a high-value, high margin and highly demanded product as it is the critical ingredient required for the production of synthetic sapphire. Synthetic sapphire is used in the manufacture of substrates for LED lights, semiconductor wafers used in the electronics industry, and scratch-resistant sapphire glass used for wristwatch faces, optical windows and smartphone components. Increasingly HPA is used by lithium-ion battery manufacturers as the coating on the battery's separator, which improves performance, longevity and safety of the battery. With global HPA demand approximately 19,000t (2018), it is estimated that this demand will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% (2018-2028); by 2028 HPA market demand will be approximately 272,000t, driven by the increasing adoption of LEDs worldwide as well as the demand for HPA by lithium-ion battery manufacturers to serve the surging electric vehicle market.



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