Australia's only graphite manufacturer Valence Industries packing first bags for export

By / 3rd of April, 2014

Valence Industries has begun to bag graphite from its recently reopened manufacturing facility in Uley, 23km from Port Lincoln in South Australia.

The high-grade coarse flake graphite deposit is one of the largest in the world, with the final product destined for export around Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.

“This an important step for Valence Industries and for our program in regional South Australia. The ability to start meeting the demand from our customers with real graphite products is fundamental to the work Valence Industries is doing.” said Christopher Darby, Managing Director & CEO. 

Graphite exploration and manufacturing has recently become a more viable industry due to better extraction and processing technology, with practical applications for the final product ranging from battery technology to industrial lubricants.


Valence Industries ASX announcement of first bagging (.PDF)

Key contacts

Christopher Darby CEO and Managing Director Valence Industries
61 8 8418 8564
Rebecca Lawson Associate Director – Media Relations for Valence Industries Mercury Consulting
61 2 8256 3332
  • The Uley Graphite Mine was reopened after Valence Industries raised close to $7 million of capital to fund the project.
  • The production launch will create around 50 jobs, including 40 in the minte site.
  • The Uley graphite mine was discovered in the early 1800s and has been in maintenance mode since 1993.
  • There is considerable interested in graphite products as solar battery technologies improve, and more practical research in to the applications of graphene takes place.