Aug. 25, 2014

Kibaran Resources' joint venture 3D Graphtech Industries has entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation ('CSIRO') in Australia to investigate research opportunities in the application of graphite and graphene inks in 3D printing.

Graphite miner Kibaran Resources is developing its Mahenge and Merelani graphite deposits in Tanzania, with the aim of becoming a stable and secure supplier of natural flake graphite. In June 2014, Kibaran Resources has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with 3D Group to work together on research of using graphene to print solid objects from digital files. 3D Graphtech Industries is a research and development company, owned equally by Kibaran and 3D Group, that is responsible for pursuing patents and collaborative partnerships.

The Agreement with CSIRO is focused on a white paper study to identify technological problems or gaps in the intended market that could be addressed by a research and development program and deliver commercial solutions.

The study is expected to take six weeks. Subject to a successful outcome, it may lead to a longer-term relationship between Graphtech and the CSIRO.

Graphene is projected to revolutionise the 3D printing process due to its unique one-atom thick structure coupled with its strength, flexibility and ability to conduct electricity better than traditional metals such as copper.

Kibaran's Executive Director Andrew Spinks commented: "The Company is very pleased this initial step has been taken by Graphtech less than two months after the binding alliance with 3D Group was executed."

"We are particularly delighted the first agreement is with an internationally respected research organisation such as the CSIRO. Kibaran, via Graphtech, is aiming to give its shareholders exposure to a very exciting and emerging new technological frontier."

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