Quarterly Activities Report
The laboratory had been in a commissioning phase since May 2021. Commissioning was finalised in mid-July 2021 and the facility is now operational. With its own laboratory, Altech can now conduct a full range of research, development and test work (including battery tests) to refine its graphite and silicon particle battery materials HPA coating technology, unhindered.
Previously this work was being conducted at Curtin University (WA) and needed to be scheduled around laboratory availability, which did not always align with Altech's requirements.
Altech staff and a part-time consultant that were previously located at its Subiaco office in Perth are manning the laboratory, plus a casual laboratory assistant has been engaged. The first samples of battery materials arrived at the laboratory during June, and various rounds of development tests commenced.
Another round of half-cell battery performance tests is also planned - to further test the performance of graphite and silicon particles that have been coated with alumina, using Altech's proprietary technology.
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About Altech Chemicals Ltd
Altech Chemicals Limited (ASX:ATC) (FRA:A3Y) is aiming to become one of the world's leading suppliers of 99.99% (4N) high purity alumina (Al2O3) through the construction and operation of a 4,500tpa high purity alumina (HPA) processing plant at Johor, Malaysia. Feedstock for the plant will be sourced from the Company's 100%-owned kaolin deposit at Meckering, Western Australia and shipped to Malaysia.
HPA is a high-value, high margin and highly demanded product as it is the critical ingredient required for the production of synthetic sapphire. Synthetic sapphire is used in the manufacture of substrates for LED lights, semiconductor wafers used in the electronics industry, and scratch-resistant sapphire glass used for wristwatch faces, optical windows and smartphone components. Increasingly HPA is used by lithium-ion battery manufacturers as the coating on the battery's separator, which improves performance, longevity and safety of the battery. With global HPA demand approximately 19,000t (2018), it is estimated that this demand will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% (2018-2028); by 2028 HPA market demand will be approximately 272,000t, driven by the increasing adoption of LEDs worldwide as well as the demand for HPA by lithium-ion battery manufacturers to serve the surging electric vehicle market.
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