January 07, 2013 at 13:48 PM EST
Focus Graphite Appoints Mr. Benoit Lafrance Vice-President, Exploration

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2013) - Mr. Gary Economo, President and CEO, Focus Graphite Inc., (TSX VENTURE:FMS)(OTCQX:FCSMF)(FRANKFURT:FKC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Benoit Lafrance, P.Geo, Ph.D., as Vice-President, Exploration. Mr. Lafrance's appointment is effective immediately.

"Mr. Lafrance's addition to Focus Graphite's management, particularly his experience in mineral exploration as well as his strong academic background in metallogenic studies brings additional strength to our core management team to develop new projects and evaluate future domestic and international opportunities with a view to increasing shareholder value," Mr. Economo said.

Mr. Lafrance replaces Mr. Tony Brisson who resigned to pursue other interests.

Mr. Lafrance assumes his responsibilities with Focus Graphite after serving three years as scientific researcher for CONSOREM, an applied research group for mineral exploration. His previous experience includes four years with Cogitore Resources Inc. as senior geologist and five years with the Quebec Government geological survey.

Mr. Lafrance, a Chicoutimi, Quebec-based geologist holds a Ph.D. degree in Mineral Resources Studies from the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi.

About Focus Graphite

Focus Graphite Inc. is an emerging mid-tier junior mining development company, a technology solutions supplier and a business innovator. Focus is the owner of the Lac Knife graphite deposit located in the Cote-Nord region of northeastern Quebec. The Lac Knife project hosts a NI 43-101 compliant Measured and Indicated mineral resource of 4.972 Mt grading 15.7% carbon as crystalline graphite with an additional Inferred mineral resource of 3.000 Mt grading 15.6% crystalline graphite. Focus' goal is to assume an industry leadership position by becoming a low-cost producer of technology-grade graphite. On October 29th, 2012 the Company released the results of a Preliminary Economic Analysis ("PEA") of the Lac Knife project which demonstrates that the project has robust economics and excellent potential to become a profitable producer of graphite. As a technology-oriented enterprise with a view to building long-term, sustainable shareholder value, Focus Graphite is also investing in the development of graphene applications and patents through Grafoid Inc.

Forward Looking Statements - Disclaimer

This news release may contain forward looking statements, being statements which are not historical facts, and discussions of future plans and objectives. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove accurate. Such statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those anticipated or projected. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are in our documents filed from time to time with the TSX Venture Exchange and provincial securities regulators, most of which are available at www.sedar.com Focus Graphite disclaims any intention or obligation to revise or update such statements.

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.

Contact:

Mr. Gary Economo

President and Chief Executive Officer

613-691-1091, ext. 101

geconomo@focusgraphite.com

www.focusgraphite.com

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