Collie is set to become home to WA’s first graphite processing plant, backed by a $2 million grant from the State Government.
Western Australian based company International Graphite will establish the new micronising and graphite foil manufacturing facility in Collie’s light industrial area.
The first stage of the project is expected to create around 40 full-time jobs for people in Collie and the surrounding region, with plans to expand the facility to add manufacturing capability.
The facility will include the capability to re-package and distribute expandable graphite powder for use in graphite foils and fire retardants.
Development of the plant will see manufacturing of graphite products for new technologies including mobile phones, computers, high-pressure sealants and fire-retardant building materials.
International Graphite is also researching and developing potential to process graphite to produce anode material for lithium-ion batteries.
This complements the aims of the State Government, through the Future Battery and Critical Minerals Industry Strategy, to develop a value-adding battery industry in the State.