Powering the Future: Tungsten (W) and Electric Vehicles

Last Updated, March 10, 2023
Written by Lewis Black

Written by Lewis Black

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Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular as the world moves towards cleaner and more sustainable forms of transportation.

As the demand for EVs continues to grow, so too does the demand for materials used in the production of EV batteries, including tungsten. One company that is set to benefit from this trend is Almonty Industries Inc, which owns the Sangdong Mine in South Korea.

Tungsten, also known as wolfram, is a metallic element that is known for its high density and high melting point. These properties make it an ideal material for use in EV batteries, as it can withstand the high temperatures and pressures that are generated during the charging and discharging of the battery. Additionally, tungsten is a highly conductive material, which makes it an excellent choice for use in the electrodes of EV batteries.

One of the main reasons why tungsten is becoming an essential component in the production of EV batteries is its ability to improve the energy density of the battery. Energy density is a measure of how much energy a battery can store per unit of volume, and a higher energy density means that a battery can store more energy in a smaller space. This is important for EV batteries, as it means that the battery can be made smaller and lighter without sacrificing performance.

The Sangdong Tungsten Mine, which was recently reopened by Almonty Industries, is set to play a crucial role in the production of EV batteries. The mine will offer a stable and affordable supply of high-grade tungsten, with well-established logistical systems, providing a reliable shelter from the tightening supply of tungsten. This ensures a stable and sustainable supply of this essential material for the EV battery manufacturing industry in Korea.

The availability of tungsten from the Sangdong Tungsten Mine is important, as the cost of EV batteries is one of the main barriers to the widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles. By using tungsten from the Sangdong Tungsten Mine, manufacturers can help to reduce the cost of EV batteries without sacrificing performance or safety.

The EV battery manufacturing market is highly competitive, with LG Energy Solution, Samsung SDI, and SK Innovation forming three of the 10 major players from Korea as can be seen from the table above. However, these manufacturers currently rely on Chinese tungsten in their supply chain, which poses a significant risk to their operations. Almonty Industries’ Sangdong Tungsten Mine provides a stable and affordable alternative for these companies, allowing them to diversify their supply chains and reduce their dependence on China.

The use of tungsten in EV batteries offers advantages, but there are also challenges. One of the main challenges is that tungsten is a brittle material which is very difficult to source and process without specialist knowledge. Additionally, tungsten is a relatively new material for use in EV batteries and there are only a limited number of manufacturers that can produce EV batteries with tungsten components at this stage in their development.

Despite these challenges, the use of tungsten in EV batteries is becoming increasingly popular as manufacturers continue to explore new ways to improve the performance, safety and cost-effectiveness of EV batteries. As demand for EVs continues to grow, tungsten is likely to play an increasingly important role in the production of EV batteries, with the Sangdong Tungsten Mine providing a reliable source of this essential material for the industry.

In conclusion, as the world moves towards cleaner and more sustainable forms of transportation, tungsten is likely to play a crucial role in the development of EV batteries, and Almonty Industries’ Sangdong Tungsten Mine is well-positioned to benefit from this trend. As the technology continues to improve, we can expect to see the use of tungsten in EV batteries increase, and for it to become an even more essential component in the production of electric vehicles.

Powered by Tungsten (W): 0-60mph: 1.69 seconds. Top Speed: 249mph / 400kph

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Almonty Receives Further and Final Commitments Under Previously Announced Placement

Almonty is pleased to announce that in conjunction with its March 2024 Placement, the Company has closed a fourth tranche through the sale of the previously-announced firm commitment of 3,000,000 Placement Chess Depository Interests Units (“CDIs”) at A$0.62 per unit and is scheduled to close on an additional 1,090,909 common share units at Cdn$0.55 per unit on May 23, 2024.

About Almonty

The principal business of Toronto, Canada-based Almonty Industries Inc. is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its Los Santos Mine in western Spain and its Panasqueira mine in Portugal as well as the development of its Sangdong tungsten mine in Gangwon Province, South Korea and the development of the Valtreixal tin/tungsten project in north western Spain.

The Los Santos Mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2011 and is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate. The Panasqueira mine, which has been in production since 1896, is located approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Lisbon, Portugal, was acquired in January 2016 and produces tungsten concentrate.

The Sangdong mine, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world and one of the few long-life, high-grade tungsten deposits outside of China, was acquired in September 2015 through the acquisition of a 100% interest in Woulfe Mining Corp.

Almonty owns 100% of the Valtreixal tin-tungsten project in north-western Spain.

Further information about Almonty’s activities may be found at www.almonty.com and under Almonty’s profile at www.sedar.com.

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Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to, no material adverse change in the market price of ammonium para tungstate (APT), the continuing ability to fund or obtain funding for outstanding commitments, expectations regarding the resolution of legal and tax matters, no negative change to applicable laws, the ability to secure local contractors, employees and assistance as and when required and on reasonable terms, and such other assumptions and factors as are set out herein. Although Almonty has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results, level of activity, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and even if events or results described in the forward-looking statements are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Almonty. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and are cautioned that actual outcomes may vary.

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Lewis Black
Chairman, President and CEO
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