Imagine Intelligent Materials - October Update
In the Imagine IM October newsletter:
- First Sales Order
- Imagine IM graphene plant
- Product Launch
- Capital Raising
First Sales Order
I am delighted to report that we have just received our first sales order for imgne(R) X3 masterbatch from Geofabrics. The leak detection application is for a coal seam gas tailings tank liner and will be installed early December. This critical step will require our product solutions to perform as well as or better than other solutions in the challenging physical environment that they are designed for.
Last week the Company excuted an MOU with Swinburne University in Melbourne to establish the Imagine Intelligent Materials Graphene Certification Centre. The process of product certification is at the heart of our licensing business model. We need to provide certification of materials throughout the supply chain, in order to develop and deliver a robust quality assurance regime and give confidence to our customers and licensees. This is what will enable us to build a significant licensing business.
In the last month Imagine IM received an Engineering Excellence Award from the AEEA for Innovation. The award was presented jointly to Imagine IM and Austeng, the engineering company contracted to provide design and engineering services to deliver our pilot graphene masterbatch plant.
In the last week we found we had been nominated for another award, from the World Technology Network, and this time in the category of "materials". The WTN has some stellar advisors and award recipients, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter and Andre Geim. Obviously I will keep you posted as and when there is anything to report.
David Rieser recently joined the company to work with me on business case development. Originally the intent was for this to be in a part time capacity. He has now agreed to assume a "whole of business management and operations" role - essentially to become COO. David has previously run manufacturing operations in the US and improved productivity for large companies Georgia Pacific Corporation. His first area of focus for Imagine IM will be to manage the optimisation of the Imagine IM plant to ensure it will meet anticipated orders for masterbatch, and that the plant itself will be able to be replicated for deployment as and when our first international sales contracts are executed.
This will enable Phil Aitchison, who has been both head of R&D and COO to focus on the company's R&D activities - an absolutely critical part of building enterprise value over the coming months/years.
Imagine IM graphene plant
As you know our plant is now operational. Our next goal is to improve materials throughput and efficiency and reduce unit cost so that we can generate the target level of margin. The current planning indicates that it will take until the middle of 2017 to bring the plant to its optimal productivity and masterbatch throughput.
The first geotextiles to be manufactured will be installed in early December at an Origin Energy coal seam gas operation in Queensland. We are treating this as a "beta" product release. We will be ensuring that we have our people on site during the installation to monitor every aspect of both installation and testing, which will provide important feedback for our production process.
The company will need to raise further capital at the beginning of next year in order to continue funding existing operations and to provide additional capital expenditure for improving masterbatch throughput of the plant to enable fast turnaround of orders that we are anticipating from Geofabrics in the next 12 months. In addition we will need to bring the plant up to a specification where we can confidently manufacture samples of masterbatch suitable for different kinds of polymers that are in use by geotextile companies operating in some international markets. Our strategic intent is to identify financial partners/licensees to whom we will license manufacturing rights while maintaining the plant in Australia as a part of our research and development capability.
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About Pacific American Coal Ltd
Pacific American Coal Ltd (ASX:PAK) is focused on the production, development and exploration of metallurgical coal assets in North America. The Company's strategic focus is on the 100% owned Elko hard coking coal project in British Columbia and its investments in technological advanced opportunities. PAK has 100% ownership in a total of 6 Coal Leases in the East Kootenay Coal Field in British Columbia - Canada and tenements in application in low volatile bituminous region of the Arkoma coal basin in Oklahoma.
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