Dec 2010 - Amazonite Mine Update
has been producing nice blue-green Amazonite from their recently
aquired deposit in the Amboasitra region of Madagascar. Site tests have
been conducted for the feasibility of dimensional block mining for the
future. Current results have brought on mixed information. The Amazonite
outcrops located and currently worked; appear to be too narrow for
larger block mining. NMG Group is hopeful a larger Amazonite vein will
be discovered in the next year, with their region which is 7.5 km2.
Current production is at 20 tons per month, at this early stage.
Dec 2010 Block Quartz Update
Group is pleased to announce a good season of collecting large blocks
of quartz from their quartz field. The acquisition of this large
property (200 km2) was made in 2007. NMG explorers are still short of
their mission of locating a solid “mountain” of quartz, but are
confident this goal isn’t too difficult to achieve. NMG lead explorer,
Romero Ranivoarison (Meme) explains, “since the concentration of large
quartz blocks is so high in this area, it’s only a matter of time,
before we find at least one solid mountain of quartz.” He added further,
“Our budget was cut in this area for other opportunities elsewhere, so
I’m confident within 1-2 years we will succeed in this regional
mission”. NMG plans to use the solid quartz outcrop for quartz aggregate
mining. The quartz will be crushed in a variety of sizes, and sold as a
commodity for the Engineered Stone Industry as a primary ingredient
used in Quartz Surfaces.
Surfaces is pleased to announce the successful implementation of team
of Manufacturer’s Representatives in an effort to boost global sales.
Robert Grant, Gem Surfaces CEO made the following statement, “...with
reps now being trained in more than 20 markets, we should now be able to
close sales where our competition has a physical presence, and we
previously did not.” Grant added, “it is only a beginning, as we are
still in the training stages, but the bottom line is we will now have a
stronger opportunity to present product to the Architect and Design
community - in person”.
is pleased to announce the acquisition of PHASE 1 of the Ambiobob
project. The Amboibob is the name of a small mountain, outside the
capital, the group has been trying to purchase for the last 8 years, and
is the proposed location for the future NMG Group headquarters and
factory. The next 2 phases of the program involve sustainability
land-use projects for the local community. This small mountain is the
only large property available that is undeveloped near the capital,
Antananarivo, and on the Majunga road. NMG will need to build a bridge
to access the land through a rice field. It has remained unused due to
the access issue until now.
The total land size of the project is 50 Hectares, and phase one is 12.
credits the local mayor, Mamy Rabenirina, for sharing in the vision,
endorsing the plan, and bridging all interest groups to make this dream a
NMG tree sustainability protection plan: NMG is
pleased to announce the success of the first season. 400kg of resin
product was collected. Local villages were educated on the goal of
protecting these precious trees, rather than have them chopped down for
illegal export at $100 (USD equivalent) per unit for export to China.
More than 15 villages co-operated in the program, along with the
sustainability training and support provided by NMG’s forest management
The locals understand the benefit of having a successful
product from the forest, and have a viable economic incentive to repel
the poachers of the trees, and at the same time protect their
NMG’s scientists are working hard at tapping and
harvesting techniques to compliment the collection methods used in the
program, in order to increase the production capabilities. The first
year of harvesting techniques in 3 regions resulted in lackluster
Amazonite Mine Update:
After two years of hard work, NMG Group is
pleased to announce the final acquisition of their Amazonite region.
Environmental impact assessments were accepted, and production is
Success in this region was only possible thanks to the
help of new NMG explorers, Falimanana Rabearisoa (Faly) and Mamy
Rakotoarimaitso. Mr. Rabearisoa and Mr. Rakotoarimaitso will be
constructing an access road, and excavating the overburden on top of the
amazonite outcrop. They are also drilling and conducting tests on the
feasibility and economic potential for dimension block mining; the real
reason behind NMG's motivation to operate in this remote area.