American Manganese Inc.: Artillery Peak Manganese Project

American Manganese Inc.: Artillery Peak Manganese Project Review and
Future Plans 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 -- Larry W.
Reaugh, Chief Executive Officer of American Manganese Inc. ("American
Manganese" or the "Company") (TSX
VENTURE:AMY)(PINKSHEETS:AMYZF)(FRANKFURT:2AM), reports on American
Manganese's 2011 and 2012 programs and managements plans relating to
future development of the Artillery Peak Project. 
Future Plan 
Since the pre-feasibility study management has been studying ways to
maximize their resources at Artillery Peak as follows: 


 
a.  Address the opportunities to reduce capital expenses (capex) and
    operating expenses (opex) which include production of electrolytic
    manganese dioxide (EMD) or chemical manganese dioxide (CMD). Only 60% of
    manganese metal is used to produce an equivalent amount of EMD or CMD to
    EMM (100%) significantly reducing the footprint and positively affect
    the capex and opex. Production of CMD eliminates the requirement for
    electrolytic cells.
 
b.  The Company has identified areas to explore where the potential to
    increase the manganese grades exists such as:
 
--  Wildcat drill hole AP-11-133 was drilled in the upper Shannon located 4
    km west of manganese mesa and returned 7.62 meters grading 7.39% Mn. 
--  Wildcat diamond drill hole #ADH-25 was drilled 1.6 km south and east of
    Loves Mine and returned 24.39 meters of 4.34% Mn.
    The Company will evaluate these targets which have the potential to host
    higher grades thereby possibly further reducing the overall foot print
    of the mill site and mining operations. Other areas on the property like
    the Maggie Canyon also host the potential for higher grades of
    manganese. 
--  Focus on the criticality of manganese to the U.S. Government and various
    potential end users. 
--  Continue the dialogue with potential off-takers that have shown an
    interest in the manganese metal and dioxide market. 
--  The elimination of the electrolytic cells by focussing on research and
    development of CMD could reduce the electrical requirements by up to 75-
    80%. 
--  Reducing the amount of production (25 - 40,000 Ts/year) of manganese
    dioxide product potentially reducing capex for
 mining and processing. 
--  American Manganese's cost of production is one of the lowest in the
    world.

 
Review 


 
1.  10,607 meters (34,800 ft) of reverse circulation drilling in 84 holes
    (2011 program) was completed in the North Chapin, Lakes/MacGregor area
    resulting in the following Ni43-101 resource at a 1.0% Mn cut-off:
 
                  ------------------------------------------------------
                                               Average         Contained
                         Resource (T)        Grade Mn%       Mn Metal (T)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Indicated                 62,201,000              2.3%         1,445,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Inferred                  20,033,000              2.5%           506,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
Previous drilling and Ni-43-101 resource studies identified
additional reported resources on the Maggie Mine/Shannon
Mine/Loves/Hurley/Planche/South Chapin/Burro/Price and Priceless
zones at a 0.9% Mn cut-off as follows: 


 
                  ------------------------------------------------------
                                               Average         Contained
                         Resource (T)        Grade Mn%       Mn Metal (T)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Indicated                145,575,196             2.98%         4,279,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Inferred                  54,700,239             2.83%         1,547,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
The Company has drilled 18,160 meters (59,565 ft) in 154 holes since
2008. 


 
2.  On September 27, 2011 Kemetco completed the successful pilot plant
    operation on Artillery Peak materials. Initial results of the leach and
    solid/liquid separation pilot tests were excellent; for instance rates
    of extraction of 92.7% manganese recovered was achieved from coarse feed
    material (minus 6.35mm) in 2 hours. Initial expectation of the pilot
    plant was to process 3 to 5 kg of resource material per hour. In the
    continuous pilot plant run, the average processing rate was 20.8 kg per
    hour, which greatly exceeded expectation. Success of the pilot plant
    operation has removed a significant amount of technical risk from the
    flow sheet.
 
3.  On May 24, 2011, the Tucson, Arizona office of Tetra Tech was awarded
    the contract to provide environmental and consulting services to the
    Company on their Artillery Peak Project.
 
4.  On December 6, 2011, the Company received a detailed positive manganese
    market forecast study from CPM Group. Executive summary may be found on
    the website.
 
5.  March 14, 2012, the Company announced the publication of their advanced
    process patent application. The Company is addressing minor deficiencies
    received from the U.S. Patent Office and expects approval in the first
    quarter 2013.
 
6.  On August 27, 2012, the Company filed an Amended Pre-feasibility Study
    at the request of the British Columbia Securities Commission in which
    the base case was amended to the 3 years trailing average. The project
    was deemed to be uneconomic as a producer of electrolytic manganese
    metal (EMM). The production of electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) or
    chemical manganese dioxide (CMD) introduces a different set of dynamics
    to the project. All of the pilot plant testing, environmental studies
    and pre-feasibility may be incorporated into new studies for CMD or EMD.
 
7.  October 12, 2012, the Company's contractor, Kemetco Research Inc.
    successfully produced rechargeable lithium ion batteries from CMD
    produced from the Company's Artillery Peak pilot plant test. This is a
    major breakthrough. Future testing by Kemetco will focus on a high
    purity product for the battery industry.

 
About American Manganese Inc. 
American Manganese Inc. is a diversified specialty and critical metal
Company focusing on potentially becoming a producer of high purity
EMD and CMD for the b
attery industry. 
This release has been reviewed by John W. Fisher, PEng, a qualified
person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101. 
On behalf of Management 
AMERICAN MANGANESE INC. 
Larry W. Reaugh, President and Chief Executive Officer 
This news release may contain certain "Forward-Looking Statements"
within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than
statements of historical fact, included herein are forward-looking
statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be
no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and
actual results and future events could differ materially from those
anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause
actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations
are disclosed in the Company's documents filed from time to time with
the TSX-Venture Exchange, the British Columbia Securities Commission
and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. 
The TSX-Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 
Contacts:
American Manganese Inc.
Larry W. Reaugh
President and Chief Executive Officer
604-531-9639 
American Manganese Inc.
Connie Fischer
Investor Relations
604-531-9639 ext. 110
connieir@amymn.com or info@amymn.com
www.americanmanganeseinc.com
 
 
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