During the period, the firm produced 59 tons of flake graphite with +40 mesh size with 90.31% carbon content; 35.5 tons with +60 mesh size and 89.4% carbon content; and 12.5 tons of graphite with +80 mesh size and 88% carbon content.

The Lohorano plant commenced commercial production on 9 April and the company expected to produce 100 tons for the month.

The company said it will continue to invest in production through development of the plant, and has hired MarsdenGray as adviser for technical development of the project.

StratMin managing director Manoli Yannaghas said it is clear that the plant is capable of producing commercial grade and large flake graphite.

"The appointment of MarsdenGray provides Stratmin with invaluable expertise, through Rob Marsden, in progressing with the development and optimisation of the Lohorano plant."

In March, the company completed the installation and calibration of the scrubber at Lohorano plant.

The Loharano Graphite Project is located in eastern Madagascar 20km south west of Brickaville.