1

Greg Fenton on ZenARMOR, Zentek’s novel corrosion protection technology

In this InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky talks to Zentek Ltd.‘s (NASDAQ: ZTEK | TSXV: ZEN) CEO and Director Greg Fenton about their novel corrosion protection technology: ZenARMOR™. As a technology based on graphene oxide, Greg explains how ZenARMOR™ has shown performance that is “better than the best existing anti-corrosion systems currently in the marketplace.”

Speaking about the potential environmental benefits of ZenARMOR™, Greg discusses how the initial results on ZenARMOR™ showed no signs of corrosion even after 1,500 hours of salt spray testing. With corrosion-related costs amounting to upwards of US$ 450 billion per year in the US alone, Greg explains how ZenARMOR™ may find application in naval and marine infrastructure, bridges, buildings, pipelines, and many other industries.

To access the full InvestorIntel interview, click here

Don’t miss other InvestorIntel interviews. Subscribe to the InvestorIntel YouTube channel by clicking here.

About Zentek Ltd.

Zentek is an IP development and commercialization company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel products using graphene and nanomaterials for use in the healthcare industry and beyond.

Zentek’s patented ZenGUARD™ coating is shown to have 99% antimicrobial activity and to significantly increase the bacterial and viral filtration efficiency of both surgical masks and HVAC systems. Zentek’s ZenGUARD™ production facility is located in Guelph, Ontario.

To know more about Zentek Ltd., click here

Disclaimer: Zentek Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.

This interview, which was produced by InvestorIntel Corp., (IIC), does not contain, nor does it purport to contain, a summary of all the material information concerning the “Company” being interviewed. IIC offers no representations or warranties that any of the information contained in this interview is accurate or complete.

This presentation may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and assumptions of the management of the Company as of the date made. They are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and other factors that could cause actual events/results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties, including those that the Company does not know about now or that it currently deems immaterial, may also adversely affect the Company’s business or any investment therein.

Any projections given are principally intended for use as objectives and are not intended, and should not be taken, as assurances that the projected results will be obtained by the Company. The assumptions used may not prove to be accurate and a potential decline in the Company’s financial condition or results of operations may negatively impact the value of its securities. Prospective investors are urged to review the Company’s profile on Sedar.com and to carry out independent investigations in order to determine their interest in investing in the Company.

If you have any questions surrounding the content of this interview, please contact us at +1 416 792 8228 and/or email us direct at info@investorintel.com.




Greg Fenton on the impact of Zentek’s HVAC Phase 2 Testing results on Air Filtration

In this InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky talks to Zentek Ltd.‘s (NASDAQ: ZTEK | TSXV: ZEN) CEO and Director Greg Fenton about receiving the final report for Phase 2 testing of ZenGUARD™ for use in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (“HVAC”) filtration. Used as an antimicrobial coating, Greg discusses how ZenGUARD™ is a “best in class solution” to improve indoor air quality and remove pathogens from air, including SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes COVID-19).

With ability to increase efficiency of a MERV 8 filter by almost 5 times, Greg discusses how ZenGUARD™ coating can be applied to existing HVAC filters without having to do any modification to the HVAC systems. Having shared the Phase 2 report with Federal and Provincial organizations, Greg goes on to provide an update on commercialization of ZenGUARD™ coated HVAC filters.

To access the full InvestorIntel interview, click here

Don’t miss other InvestorIntel interviews. Subscribe to the InvestorIntel YouTube channel by clicking here.

About Zentek Ltd.

Zentek is an IP development and commercialization company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel products using graphene and nanomaterials for use in the healthcare industry and beyond.

Zentek’s patented ZenGUARD™ coating is shown to have 99% antimicrobial activity and to significantly increase the bacterial and viral filtration efficiency of both surgical masks and HVAC systems. Zentek’s ZenGUARD™ production facility is located in Guelph, Ontario.

To know more about Zentek Ltd., click here

Disclaimer: Zentek Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.

This interview, which was produced by InvestorIntel Corp., (IIC), does not contain, nor does it purport to contain, a summary of all the material information concerning the “Company” being interviewed. IIC offers no representations or warranties that any of the information contained in this interview is accurate or complete.

This presentation may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and assumptions of the management of the Company as of the date made. They are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and other factors that could cause actual events/results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties, including those that the Company does not know about now or that it currently deems immaterial, may also adversely affect the Company’s business or any investment therein.

Any projections given are principally intended for use as objectives and are not intended, and should not be taken, as assurances that the projected results will be obtained by the Company. The assumptions used may not prove to be accurate and a potential decline in the Company’s financial condition or results of operations may negatively impact the value of its securities. Prospective investors are urged to review the Company’s profile on Sedar.com and to carry out independent investigations in order to determine their interest in investing in the Company.

If you have any questions surrounding the content of this interview, please contact us at +1 416 792 8228 and/or email us direct at info@investorintel.com.




Bundeep Singh Rangar of Fineqia International talks about bringing innovation to the digital asset economy

In this InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky talks to Fineqia International Inc.’s (CSE: FNQ) CEO and Director Bundeep Singh Rangar about how Fineqia is bringing innovation to the emerging digital asset economy. As a publicly listed and regulated company, Bundeep explains how Fineqia provides investors with exposure to digital assets such as cryptocurrencies, NFTs, Exchange Traded Products and blockchain through its growing portfolio of fintech and technology companies.

Bundeep also discusses how digital assets can not only provide exposure to price appreciation of cryptocurrencies but also generate yield along the way. Speaking about the expectation of significant revenue growth in music in the coming years, Bundeep discusses music NFTs which provide part ownership of a music track and also have an income generating component in the form of royalty streams. Bundeep also tells Tracy about the increased investor interest in their recently closed private placement.

To access the full InvestorIntel interview, click here.

Don’t miss other InvestorIntel interviews. Subscribe to the InvestorIntel YouTube channel by clicking here.

About Fineqia International Inc.

Fineqia (www.fineqia.com) is a listed entity in Canada (CSE: FNQ), US (OTC: FNQQF) and Europe (Frankfurt: FNQA). Fineqia’s strategic focus has been to provide a platform and associated services to support securities issuances and manage the administration of debt securities. Fineqia is building out its alternative finance business and holds a growing portfolio of blockchain, fintech and cryptocurrency technology companies worldwide.

To learn more about Fineqia International Inc., click here

Disclaimer: Fineqia International Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.

This interview, which was produced by InvestorIntel Corp., (IIC), does not contain, nor does it purport to contain, a summary of all the material information concerning the “Company” being interviewed. IIC offers no representations or warranties that any of the information contained in this interview is accurate or complete.

This presentation may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and assumptions of the management of the Company as of the date made. They are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and other factors that could cause actual events/results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties, including those that the Company does not know about now or that it currently deems immaterial, may also adversely affect the Company’s business or any investment therein.

Any projections given are principally intended for use as objectives and are not intended, and should not be taken, as assurances that the projected results will be obtained by the Company. The assumptions used may not prove to be accurate and a potential decline in the Company’s financial condition or results of operations may negatively impact the value of its securities. Prospective investors are urged to review the Company’s profile on Sedar.com and to carry out independent investigations in order to determine their interest in investing in the Company.

If you have any questions surrounding the content of this interview, please contact us at +1 416 792 8228 and/or email us direct at info@investorintel.com.




Bundeep Singh Rangar of Fineqia International talks about the increase in confidence for digital assets

In this InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky talks to Fineqia International Inc. (CSE: FNQ) CEO and Director Bundeep Singh Rangar about their recent analysis of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) worldwide. As an asset class with cryptocurrencies as underlying assets, Bundeep discusses how ETPs continues to attract investors’ interest.

As the number of ETPs increased by 50% in 2022, Bundeep explains how digital assets such as Bitcoin have gained confidence for “being a longer term asset class.” Bundeep goes on discuss publicly listed and regulated companies that give exposure to the emerging digital asset economy.

To access the full InvestorIntel interview, click here

Don’t miss other InvestorIntel interviews. Subscribe to the InvestorIntel YouTube channel by clicking here.

About Fineqia International Inc.

Fineqia (www.fineqia.com) is a listed entity in Canada (CSE: FNQ), US (OTC: FNQQF) and Europe (Frankfurt: FNQA). Fineqia’s strategic focus has been to provide a platform and associated services to support securities issuances and manage the administration of debt securities. Fineqia is building out its alternative finance business and holds a growing portfolio of blockchain, fintech and cryptocurrency technology companies worldwide.

To learn more about Fineqia International Inc., click here

Disclaimer: Fineqia International Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.

This interview, which was produced by InvestorIntel Corp., (IIC), does not contain, nor does it purport to contain, a summary of all the material information concerning the “Company” being interviewed. IIC offers no representations or warranties that any of the information contained in this interview is accurate or complete.

This presentation may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and assumptions of the management of the Company as of the date made. They are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and other factors that could cause actual events/results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties, including those that the Company does not know about now or that it currently deems immaterial, may also adversely affect the Company’s business or any investment therein.

Any projections given are principally intended for use as objectives and are not intended, and should not be taken, as assurances that the projected results will be obtained by the Company. The assumptions used may not prove to be accurate and a potential decline in the Company’s financial condition or results of operations may negatively impact the value of its securities. Prospective investors are urged to review the Company’s profile on Sedar.com and to carry out independent investigations in order to determine their interest in investing in the Company.

If you have any questions surrounding the content of this interview, please contact us at +1 416 792 8228 and/or email us direct at info@investorintel.com.




John Putters and Shannon Moore on Visionstate’s WANDA Technology Partnership with Bunzl

In this InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky talks to Visionstate Corp.‘s (TSXV: VIS) CEO John Putters and President Shannon Moore about Visionstate’s WANDA™ technology and the partnership with Bunzl Canada.

As an IoT (Internet of Things) application designed to track cleaning and maintenance protocols in public facilities, Shannon discusses how Visionstate’s WANDA™ technology is extremely competitive with other companies. With a solid foundation of subscriptions for its WANDA™ technology in Canada, Shannon added how Visionstate plans to duplicate the success in other key markets.

To access the full InvestorIntel interview, click here

Don’t miss other InvestorIntel interviews. Subscribe to the InvestorIntel YouTube channel by clicking here.

About Visionstate Corp.

Visionstate Corp. (TSXV: VIS) is a growth-oriented company that invests in the research and development of promising new technology in the realm of the Internet of Things, big data and analytics, and sustainability. Visionstate IoT Inc. is a wholly-owned division of Visionstate Corp. Through Visionstate IoT Inc., it helps businesses improve operational efficiencies, reduce costs and elevate customer satisfaction with its state-of-the-art devices that track and monitor guest activities and requests. The footprint of its WANDA™ smart device now extends to hospitals, airports, shopping centres, and other public facilities across and beyond North America. Through building up a collection of synergistic technologies, Visionstate Corp. will continue to innovate, reduce environmental impact and transform consumer experiences.

To learn more about Visionstate Corp., click here

Disclaimer:  Visionstate Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.

This interview, which was produced by InvestorIntel Corp., (IIC), does not contain, nor does it purport to contain, a summary of all the material information concerning the “Company” being interviewed. IIC offers no representations or warranties that any of the information contained in this interview is accurate or complete.

This presentation may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and assumptions of the management of the Company as of the date made. They are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and other factors that could cause actual events/results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties, including those that the Company does not know about now or that it currently deems immaterial, may also adversely affect the Company’s business or any investment therein.

Any projections given are principally intended for use as objectives and are not intended, and should not be taken, as assurances that the projected results will be obtained by the Company. The assumptions used may not prove to be accurate and a potential decline in the Company’s financial condition or results of operations may negatively impact the value of its securities. Prospective investors are urged to review the Company’s profile on Sedar.com and to carry out independent investigations in order to determine their interest in investing in the Company.

If you have any questions surrounding the content of this interview, please contact us at +1 416 792 8228 and/or email us direct at info@investorintel.com.




What’s new from this year’s Consumer Electronic Show

Now that CES 2023 has just concluded in Las Vegas we take a look at some of the latest and greatest displays and presentations from the Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”).

This year’s show featured all the latest gadgets such as smart watches/glasses/TVs, smart homes, augmented reality (“AR”) & virtual reality (“VR”) headsets, digital health products, metaverse related products, smart 3D screens and TVs, robots, security products, and of course electric and autonomous vehicles of all types and sizes.

Below are just a few of the most amazing and newest releases from CES 2023.

Glasses-free 3D TV screens/monitors

One very interesting new development is glasses-free 3D TV screens or monitors. That is you can watch a 3D image without the need to wear 3D glasses. A company called Breylon has developed a 3D immersive monitor and Ultra Reality™ display (it emulates a panoramic 122” virtual screen on your desk). It has an 8K OLED panoramic desktop monitor known as the Breylon Fusion.

Another company 3D Game Market has developed a 3D monitor they call 3DGM. It is set to be released for sale soon at a price below US$2,000.

3D Game Market’s new 3D monitor they call 3DGM

Source: 3D Game Market website

Transparent OLED screens/TVs

CES 2023 also unveiled ‘transparent’ OLED screens/TVs that look amazing. Imagine that – A TV screen that is not only a monitor but is see through!

There was also the world’s first wireless OLED TV.

The OLED T transparent screen/TV by LG

Source: CES tech video

Robots

CES 2023 had numerous robotic displays but perhaps the most popular was the Robosen’s Optimus Prime robot. It sells for US$999 or US$699 for the smaller version. The robot is able to transform itself from truck to robotic form. It walks forwards, backwards, sideways, does push-ups, sit-ups, and karate stances.

Robosen’s Optimus Prime transformer robot

Source: Robosen website

The latest electric vehicles

BMW (video here) and Stellantis (video here) were keynote presenters at CES 2023.

BMW gave their vision of the ‘ultimate digital driving machine’. It included BMW’s electric vehicle vision as well as their vision to recycle the raw materials needed for their future EVs. BMW certainly now understands the industry’s massive demand for raw materials such as lithium, graphite, cobalt, nickel, manganese, magnet rare earths and so on, as well as the need to develop recycling to make the EV industry more sustainable.

Stellantis unveiled their Peugeot Inception Concept and Ram 1500 Revolution Battery Electric Vehicle Concept. The emphasis was on software & mobility services with clean, safe, and affordable electric vehicles of the future.

The Peugeot Concept electric car is named after the latin word ‘Inceptio’ meaning ‘the beginning’. It will be built on an 800-volt, 100kWh battery technology that gives it the capability to travel 800 km or 497 miles on a single charge.

The Peugeot Inception Concept electric car revealed at CES 2023

Source: CES 2023 Stellantis keynote presentation

Stellantis’ RAM 1500 Revolution Concept is targeted to compete against the Ford-F150 Lightning in the electric pickup segment. Stellantis describes the RAM 1500 stating: “(It’s) loaded with advanced technology and reinvents the customer experience by integrating leading-edge technology, a fully connected customer experience and advanced mobility features. Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept delivers seamless connectivity to transform the experience for driver and passengers…..Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept can add up to 100 miles of range in approximately 10 minutes with 800-volt DC fast charging at up to 350 kW……Ram will once again redefine the pickup truck segment with revolutionary Ram 1500 BEV production model in 2024, to be introduced in the coming months……Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered virtual assistant that enhances in-vehicle and exterior interaction with users. A 3D Ram avatar acts as the vehicle’s face, responding to various voice commands from users.”

The RAM 1500 Revolution EV Concept

Source: CES 2023 Stellantis keynote presentation

Closing remarks

2023 is looking like yet another huge year of new tech innovation with lots of new ideas and innovative products.

CES 2023 again lived up to its lofty expectations. The event just keeps getting bigger and better.

I have focused on just a few key highlights from this year’s event, but feel free to give your highlights in the comments section below.

You can also watch a short summary video of CES 2023 here.




Investing themes for 2023 Part 1 – Food Waste

Hello 2023! So long and good riddance to 2022. From a personal investment perspective, I’m more than happy to look at 2022 in the rear-view mirror. My year-end portfolio review was a sobering reminder of what I already knew, another lesson in humility that hopefully I will continue to learn from to become a better investor. Now it’s a time for renewal and the look ahead to what might be in store for us in the weeks and months to come. What investment themes will emerge that will help soften the blow of the damage done in 2022. A healthy share of fossil fuel exposure in the first half of last year would have gone a long way to mitigating the carnage inflicted by big tech and crypto. Uranium and lithium stocks also started out the year strong but seemed to lose momentum as the year came to a close. Everyone seems to think we’ll all be driving EV’s in short order, but the stock price of many of those companies have been crushed of late. Are these buy the dip opportunities or is the market coming to the realization that we might be a little early for some of these trades?

I’m not sure that I have any useful insights for you based on my 2022 portfolio performance, but over the next couple of weeks I will take a stab at a few themes that might start to gain traction as 2023 progresses. With that said, there are several enormous macro issues (China/Taiwan, Russia/Ukraine, resurgent Covid to name just a few) out there that could completely trash any ideas I have and put them far from the focus of investors. Nevertheless, we have to start somewhere, so today we’ll explore a broad theme of food security, sustainability and food waste reduction as inflation takes its toll on consumers world wide.

Food waste and spoilage statistics are quite alarming. According to the UN Environment Programme, about one-third of food produced globally for human consumption each year is lost or wasted. That is approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of edible food. Saving just a quarter of food lost or wasted globally each year would feed 870 million people. Not only does this result in financial losses but it also increases greenhouse gas emissions (another key theme and global focus). Are there ways to fix this? Yes. But similar to reducing our global carbon footprint it’s going to take time and a concerted effort. However, I would argue that there is a much greater economic incentive today to reduce food waste given everyone’s concern about food prices relative to opinions even as recent as a year ago.

One group at the forefront of trying to remedy this situation is TrustBIX Inc. (TSXV: TBIX | OTCQB: TBIXF). As an innovative leader, TrustBIX provides agri-food traceability and chain of custody value solutions. The Company’s goal is to create a world where we trust more, waste less and reward sustainable behaviour by addressing consumer and agri-food business demands. The proprietary platform, BIX (Business InfoXchange system), is designed to create trust without compromising privacy through innovative, blockchain-derived use of technology and data.

Source: TrustBIX Fact Sheet

The existing customer base includes hundreds of producers, auction markets, and feedlots. TrustBIX has a market presence in Canada, the USA, China, Mexico, and a healthy baseline of one-time and recurring revenue. Some notable customers include two of the largest beef companies in Canada, JBS Canada and Cargill, as well as household names such as McDonald’s and Loblaw’s (Real Canadian Superstore). Additionally, the Company will be presenting at this year’s CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas where they will be exposed to plenty of industry heavyweights. Even more exciting for the company is that they will be on a panel discussing “Cross-Industry Opportunities for Consumer Tech” along with John Sheehan, a Strategy and BD executive with Amazon Web Services’ Aerospace & Satellite group. That seems like someone worthwhile getting to know, especially for a Company with a market cap of only C$3 million.

Will TrustBIX be a good way to play the food security and waste prevention theme in 2023? Only time will tell. But I dare say that the food theme will at least start the year at or near the top of everyone’s list of concerns.




Greg Fenton on the ZenGUARD™ technology patent and how HVAC filter testing results mean better air for everyone

In this InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky has Zentek Ltd.‘s (NASDAQ: ZTEK | TSXV: ZEN) CEO and Director Greg Fenton discuss Zentek’s recent news release on the ZenGUARD™ technology patent being granted. As an antimicrobial coating used on personal protective equipment (PPE) and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) applications, Greg explains how they took ZenGUARD™ from a concept in the lab to an Intellectual Property that can be commercialized.

Greg goes on to provide an update on the successful completion of Phase 2 HVAC filter testing of the ZenGUARD™ coating by the National Research Council of Canada. As an economical solution to significantly reduce airborne pathogens and improve indoor air quality, Greg discusses how ZenGUARD™ coating can be applied to HVAC filters without any modification to existing HVAC systems.

To access the full InvestorIntel interview, click here

Don’t miss other InvestorIntel interviews. Subscribe to the InvestorIntel YouTube channel by clicking here.

About Zentek Ltd.

Zentek is an IP development and commercialization company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel products using graphene and nanomaterials for use in the healthcare industry and beyond.

Zentek’s patented ZenGUARD™ coating is shown to have 99% antimicrobial activity, including against COVID-19, for use in PPE and potentially HVAC systems and other industries. Zentek’s ZenGUARD™ production facility is located in Guelph, Ontario.

To know more about Zentek Ltd., click here

Disclaimer: Zentek Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.

This interview, which was produced by InvestorIntel Corp., (IIC), does not contain, nor does it purport to contain, a summary of all the material information concerning the “Company” being interviewed. IIC offers no representations or warranties that any of the information contained in this interview is accurate or complete.

This presentation may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and assumptions of the management of the Company as of the date made. They are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and other factors that could cause actual events/results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties, including those that the Company does not know about now or that it currently deems immaterial, may also adversely affect the Company’s business or any investment therein.

Any projections given are principally intended for use as objectives and are not intended, and should not be taken, as assurances that the projected results will be obtained by the Company. The assumptions used may not prove to be accurate and a potential decline in the Company’s financial condition or results of operations may negatively impact the value of its securities. Prospective investors are urged to review the Company’s profile on Sedar.com and to carry out independent investigations in order to determine their interest in investing in the Company.

If you have any questions surrounding the content of this interview, please contact us at +1 416 792 8228 and/or email us direct at info@investorintel.com.




Jack Lifton on how the lithium shortage makes the EV dream — a nightmare.

In this video, Critical Minerals Institute’s (CMI) Co-founder and Chairman Jack Lifton talks about the growing lithium demand from the electric vehicle industry. Discussing the current state of domestic American lithium supply, Jack explains why the target outlined by President Biden of 50% electric vehicle sales share in 2030 with 100% domestic content is impossible to achieve.

Speaking on the United States’ Inflation Reduction Act, Jack discusses how the automotive industry has failed to accept the problem of an adequate domestic American lithium supply chain. He goes on to say, “If it is not even possible to buy enough lithium to make enough batteries in the United States for half of our own production, what about the rest of the non-Chinese world?”

To access the full episode, click here

Don’t miss other InvestorIntel videos. Subscribe to the InvestorIntel YouTube channel by clicking here.

About The Critical Minerals Institute

The Critical Mineral Institute (CMI) is an international organization for companies and professionals focused on battery materials, technology metals, defense metals, ESG technologies and practices, the general EV market, and the use of critical minerals for energy and alternative energy production. Offering an online site that features job opportunities that range from consulting roles to Advisory Board positions, the CMI offers a wide range of B2B service solutions. Also offering online and in-person events, the CMI is designed for education, collaboration, and to provide professional opportunities to meet the critical minerals supply chain challenges.




NEO Battery Materials moves another step forward in the EV Battery market race

The EV battery race is heating up, and there seems to be a decided ABC (anyone but China) theme to the progression of this race, at least in the West. With that said, China likely isn’t all that worried at present given the advantage they currently have in various necessary commodities (via outright ownership or purchasing control) and the subsequent upgrading and/or refining of those commodities into some of the most important end-use products. Nevertheless, the rest of the world is doing their best to work together, get along and advance the green revolution as quickly as possible.

One part of the world that is “playing nice” with the West is Southeast Asia, with many EV battery deals of late in both the U.S. and Canada being announced with joint venture partners including Panasonic (Japan), LG Energy Solution (South Korea), Posco Chemical (South Korea) to name a few. Not to mention all the actual car manufacturers from the region, like Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, etc. getting in on the act. It has become pretty obvious who these nations want to align themselves with, or perhaps it’s more of a tale of who they don’t want to partner with and potentially have all their IP put at risk. Maybe I’m being a little unfair, I’m sure there are plenty of reasons behind the trends we are seeing of late, but it’s always fun to stir the pot a little bit.

Before I sink any deeper into speculative conspiracy theories, let’s circle back to something with a more investable theme. A company looking to advance the next generation of EV batteries. NEO Battery Materials Ltd. (TSXV: NBM | OTCQB: NBMFF) is developing lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicle and energy storage applications. NEO has a focus on producing silicon anode materials through its proprietary single-step nanocoating process, which provides improvements in capacity and efficiency over lithium-ion batteries using graphite in their anode materials. The Company intends to become a silicon anode active materials supplier to the electric vehicle industry with their management and technical advisory team cherry picked from LG Chem, Samsung and various renowned universities.

This Vancouver-based company has strong ties to South Korea, where on January 26, 2022, the Company received approval from Gyeonggi-do, the largest Economic Province in South Korea, to build its commercial plant on a 10-year lease term. The site is located in Oseong Foreign Investment Zone in Gyeonggi-do and is approximately 106,700 square feet (or 2.5 acres). NEO Battery Materials will initially invest, over the next 5 years, 24 billion KRW or approximately C$25 million to support the construction and expansion of the silicon anode commercial plant. NEO Battery Materials aims to transform the region into an essential manufacturing and R&D hub of silicon anode materials. The first phase of the commercial plant will possess an initial annual production capacity of 240 tons of NBMSiDE™, and the facility will be with additional space that can accommodate production expansion to 1,800 tons annually of the Company’s anode material.

NEO is making solid progress towards this goal on numerous fronts, having announced in October that it had successfully installed additional production equipment into the R&D Scale-Up Centre to step-up efforts in incrementally optimizing the all-in-one mass production process for NEO’s silicon anode materials, NBMSiDE™. This scale-up milestone will enable product development as the series of NBMSiDE™ material characteristics and manufacturing costs can be evaluated and adjusted to meet the various specifications of downstream customers. Additionally, on the commercial front, the Company signed NDAs with 3 European companies and 1 U.S.-based company, and a European company is scheduled to visit the R&D Scale-Up Centre to discuss practical cooperative initiatives such as a joint development agreement.

Keeping the ball rolling, at the end of November NEO reported that following the announcement of the late stage in architectural design, NBM Korea, NEO’s South Korean subsidiary, has submitted the construction permit application for the Silicon Anode Commercial Plant to Pyeongtaek City, Gyeonggi Province. With a processing period of 1 month, the construction permit is expected to be obtained at the end of December 2022. Upon the approval of the construction permit, the initial construction process from site clearance to basic civil engineering work will be carried out sequentially.

It would appear shovels are about to start digging and NEO will take another step forward from concept to reality. NEO has a market cap of less than C$22 million with roughly a little over C$2 million in cash at the end of August. Keep an eye on this situation to see if someone steps up to help NEO fund the build out of the silicon anode commercial plant. After all, Twitter is so yesterday for Elon Musk, I’m sure he’s gotta be looking for the next big thing by now.