Zenyatta Retains Japanese Graphite Expert to Develop Market for the Albany High Purity Graphite Material in Asia

Zenyatta Retains Japanese Graphite Expert to Develop Market for the Albany High 
Purity Graphite Material in Asia 
NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY Marketwired 
FOR: Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. 
TSX VENTURE SYMBOL:  ZEN
OTCQX SYMBOL:  ZENYF 
FEBRUARY 19, 2014 
Zenyatta Retains Japanese Graphite Expert to Develop Market for the Albany High
Purity Graphite Material in Asia 
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 19, 2014) - Zenyatta Ventures Ltd.
("Zenyatta" or "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ZEN)(OTCQX:ZENYF) is
pleased to announce the appointment of Tadashi Yamashita to the position of
Consultant - Market Development with responsibility for advancing marketing of
the unique Albany high purity graphite material throughout Asia. Mr. Yamashita
will be based in Tokyo, Japan and work closely with Zenyatta's VP Market
Development, Dr. Bharat Chahar.  
Mr. Tadashi Yamashita is a chemical engineer with more than 35 years of carbon
research and development experience with Mitsui Chemicals and ConocoPhillips
based in Tokyo, Japan and New York, USA. Tadashi obtained a Masters Degree
(Chemical Engineering) from Tokyo Institute of Technology. 
Dr. Chahar stated, "I am delighted to have Mr. Yamashita join the ZEN
team. We worked closely together at ConocoPhillips to successfully bring the
CPREME(R) Graphite Materials to customers globally. Tadashi possesses a strong
technology background and a broad business network, especially in Japanese
industrial materials. He will be invaluable to Zenyatta as we advance our
ultra-high purity carbon product for potential use in high-tech applications
and will be instrumental during ongoing discussions with end users in Asia. Mr.
Yamashita and I will continue discussions with interested parties and develop
new relationships with downstream companies to create awareness of the
ultra-high purity material while the graphite deposit is being developed." 
Mr. Yamashita commented, "Asia and specifically Japanese companies are
keenly interested in high quality and secure supplies of natural resources
sourced from stable political jurisdictions like Canada. I recognize that
Zenyatta has discovered a special and large resource with excellent potential
for high value carbon applications. I am very excited to be working with Bharat
again and to be part of the ZEN team to help bring this unique graphite product
to the Asian market." 
From 2003 to 2013 Mr. Yamashita worked with Dr. Chahar on marketing and
business development of CPREME(R) Graphite Materials at ConocoPhillips and
Phillips 66. They led the creation and development of this new business to
produce and supply graphite anode material for Lithium-ion batteries. At the
time, CPREME(R) graphite was the largest North American based supplier of anode
materials for Lithium-ion batteries with customers across the three major
continents - North America, Europe and Asia. They were responsible for
strategic direction for marketing, sales, research and development. 
The CPREME(R) graphite anode material was considered the benchmark by leading
manufacturers in the Lithium-ion batteries for high power batteries such as
those needed for the automotive market. The CPREME(R) graphite business was
able to achieve the premier status in the industry despite the fact that the
Lithium-ion battery manufacturers and their suppliers were largely based in
Asia and ConocoPhillips had no market presence until 2006.  
From 2001 to 2003 Tadashi was President for Conoco Carbon Fibers (Japan) which
was a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips. This position focused on Conoco's
efforts to develop new carbon fibre products and manage development of heavy
oil upgrading technologies. In this assignment, he was responsible for
developing and implementing strategy for growing Conoco's new carbon fiber
product portfolio and extending carbon capabilities. 
From 1985 to 2001 Mr. Yamashita was General Manager for Mitsui Chemicals based
in New York and Tokyo. He managed various new chemical products development as
part of the Advanced Composite Material Division. More recently, Tadashi was
responsible for sales & marketing of Separator and Electrolyte solution of
Lithium-ion batteries and energy related materials.  
The world trend is to develop products for technological applications that need
extraordinary performance using ultra-high purity graphite powder at an
affordable cost. High purity is gaining prominence at a time when Zenyatta
discovered a very rare (hydrothermal) graphite deposit, which can be upgraded
to 99.99% carbon with very good crystallinity without the use of aggressive
acids and high thermal treatment.  
Zenyatta continues to develop the unique Albany (Hydrothermal) Graphite Deposit
located in northeastern Ontario, Canada. The Company's graphite deposit is
located 30 km north of the Trans-Canada Highway, power line and natural gas
pipeline near the communities of Constance Lake First Nation and Hearst. A rail
line is located 70 km away with an all-weather road approximately 4-5 km from
the graphite deposit.  
The outlook for the global graphite market is very promising with demand
growing rapidly from new applications. Graphite is now considered one of the
more strategic elements by many leading industrial nations, particularly for
its growing importance in high technology manufacturing and in the emerging
"green" industries such as electric vehicle components. The
application for graphitic material is constantly evolving due to its unique
chemical, electrical and thermal properties. It maintains its stability and
strength under temperatures in excess of 3,300 degrees C and is very resistant
to chemical corrosion. It is also one of the lightest of all reinforcing
elements and has high natural lubricating abilities. Some of these key physical
and chemical properties make it critical to modern industry. 
Mr. Aubrey Eveleigh, P.Geo., Zenyatta's President and CEO, is the
"Qualified Person" under National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed
and approved the technical information contained in this news release.  
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term
is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility
for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release may contain
forward looking information and Zenyatta cautions readers that forward looking
information is based on certain assumptions and risk factors exist that could
cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations of Zenyatta
included in this news release. This news release includes certain
"forward-looking statements", which often, but not always, can be
identified by the use of words such as "believes",
"anticipates", "expects", "estimates",
"may", "could", "would", "will", or
"plan". These statements are based on information currently available
to Zenyatta and Zenyatta provides no assurance that actual results will meet
management's expectations. Forward-looking statements include estimates
and statements with respect to Zenyatta's future plans, objectives or
goals, to the effect that Zenyatta or management expects a stated condition or
result to occur, including the expected timing for release of sample analyses
and a resource estimate, the expected uses for graphite in the future, and the
future uses of the graphite from Zenyatta's Albany deposit. Since
forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and address future events
and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and
uncertainties. Actual results relating to, among other things, results of
exploration, project development, reclamation and capital costs of
Zenyatta's mineral properties, and Zenyatta's financial condition and
prospects, could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such
statements for many reasons such as: changes in general economic conditions and
conditions in the financial markets; changes in demand and prices for minerals;
litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory,
political and competitive developments; technological and operational
difficulties encountered in connection with Zenyatta's activities; and
other matters discussed in this news release and in filings made with
securities regulators. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may
affect any of Zenyatta's forward-looking statements. These and other
factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue
reliance on Zenyatta's forward-looking statements. Zenyatta does not
undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to
time by Zenyatta or on its behalf, except in accordance with applicable
securities laws. 
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: 
Zenyatta Ventures Ltd.
807-346-1660
info@zenyatta.ca
www.zenyatta.ca 
INDUSTRY:  Manufacturing and Production - Mining and Metals 
SUBJECT:  MEX 
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