Mitsubishi Signs High Purity Alumina Sales Agreement
- Altech signs sales & distribution agreement with Mitsubishi Corporation
- Mitsubishi Corporation is Japan's largest general trading company
- Exclusive distribution of HPA by Mitsubishi to the Japanese market
- Japan accounted for 21% of global HPA demand in 2014
Mitsubishi is Japan's largest general trading company with more than 200 bases of operations in approximately 90 countries worldwide. Mitsubishi employs a multinational workforce of approximately 70,000 people across some 600 companies. Mitsubishi has been engaged in long-term business with customers from around the world in virtually every industry, including energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, food and general merchandise.
In 2014, consumption of HPA in Japan was an estimated to represent 21% of estimated total global HPA demand for the year. The Japanese market will be important for Altech and the agreement reached with Mitsubishi provides the Company with the required marketing and distribution experience for its HPA in this market.
Altech's managing director, Mr Iggy Tan said that the Agreement with Mitsubishi marks another important milestone for the Company's HPA project. Mr Tan went on to say "we are delighted to partner with one of Japan's largest companies and a very reputable name worldwide".
"Altech's 4,000tpa HPA plant will position the Company not only as one of the world's largest producers of HPA, but also as one of the world's lowest cost producers of HPA", Mr Tan concluded.
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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