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Simon Moores

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

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Simon Moores is managing director of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, an online publishing and consultancy business specialising in critical minerals and metals, disruptive technology and emerging markets. Moores has also worked as business journalist focusing on non-metallic minerals such as lithium, graphite, rare earths, potash, TiO2 pigment and feedstocks (rutile, ilmenite).




Recent Interviews

Thinking Outside the Commodity Box: Benchmark's Investment Primer for Lithium, Cobalt and Graphite (8/10/15) It's often difficult to understand the global markets for critical minerals so The Gold Report narrowed it to three—lithium, cobalt and graphite—and brought in Simon Moores, managing director of London-based Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, and the firm's analyst, Andrew Miller, to provide insight into minerals that they say need to shed their labels as traditional commodities and embrace their future as niche, raw-material solutions for a growing list of technology manufacturers. As Benchmark prepares to embark on its World Tour, Moores and Miller discuss supply chain visibility and the impact of disruptive technologies on these markets, as well as companies seeking to leverage lithium, cobalt and graphite into investable business models that will lure investors with a long-term outlook.

Where Will the Graphite, Lithium and Cobalt for the Battery Revolution Come From?: Simon Moores (3/24/15) Following the lead of Tesla Motors, LG Chem, Foxconn and others are racing to build megafactories to build batteries for electric cars. Yet even now the world supply of graphite, lithium and cobalt needed to supply these factories is insufficient. In this interview with The Mining Report, Simon Moores, managing director of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, explains that we can soon expect healthy prices for all three metals, but the juniors that will succeed in the market must first and foremost learn to meet the needs of the end users.

Best of the Best: The Most Popular Thoughts from 2014 (12/24/14) As natural resources bounced all over the charts in 2014, readers turned to the experts interviewed by The Gold Report for insights on what was driving these ups and downs, and how they could protect themselves—or, better yet, benefit—from the volatility. We combed through interviews with experts featured during the year, and offer some thoughts you might want to consider as you prepare for 2015.

Simon Moores
(3/27/15)
Lithium Lessons Learned

Recent Quotes

"LLG CEO Benoît Gascon knows what it takes to develop specialist products." (8/10/15) Mason Graphite Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Simon Moores and Andrew Miller More >

"NMX is one of the notable lithium companies." (8/10/15) Nemaska Lithium Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Simon Moores and Andrew Miller More >

"SYR plans to build the world's largest coated spherical graphite facility." (6/25/15) Syrah Resources Ltd. - Simon Moores, Mining.com More >

"FMS is looking at serving a market from the user perspective." (3/24/15) Focus Graphite Inc. - The Mining Report Interview with Simon Moores More >

"LLG's ability to raise money for a niche mineral in this environment is an achievement." (3/24/15) Mason Graphite Inc. - The Mining Report Interview with Simon Moores More >

"SYR intends to position itself to supply a surge in battery production." (3/24/15) Syrah Resources Ltd. - The Mining Report Interview with Simon Moores More >

"SYR has been active in 2014, announcing two MOUs for offtakes with China and Europe." (6/23/14) Syrah Resources Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Simon Moores More >

"EGZ has developed its Molo project to an advanced stage." (6/23/14) Energizer Resources Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Simon Moores More >

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"FMS just revealed research on its spherical coated, battery-grade graphite." (6/23/14) Focus Graphite Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Simon Moores More >

"LLG has done well on the fundraising side in recent months." (6/23/14) Mason Graphite Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Simon Moores More >

"SYR's financing was a big achievement." (1/14/14) Syrah Resources Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Simon Moores More >

"NGC did a great job of getting out ahead in the race." (1/14/14) Northern Graphite Corporation - The Mining Report Interview with Simon Moores More >

"The offtake deal with China gives FMS an advantage now over other players." (1/14/14) Focus Graphite Inc. - The Mining Report Interview with Simon Moores More >

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