Vancouver, British Columbia – July 19, 2021
NEO Battery Materials Ltd. (TSXV: NBM) (OTC: NBMFF) (“NEO” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Ferroglobe Innovation (“FGI”), a subsidiary of NASDAQ-listed Ferroglobe PLC, one of the world’s leading suppliers of silicon metal, silicon-based and manganese-based specialty alloys and ferroalloys. The two companies entered into a non-disclosure agreement (“NDA”) in April and have advanced discussions regarding the development of silicon powders and anode materials.
Under the terms of the MOU, the parties intend to pursue synergies and mutual benefit through combining NEO’s silicon nanocoating technology and FGI’s silicon materials to optimize the electrochemistry, performance, and cost of the silicon powder and anode materials in lithium-ion batteries. Advancing cost-effective manufacturing capabilities for the silicon downstream are of priority and essence for the full adoption of silicon anodes in electric vehicles and energy store solutions (ESS) applications.
Ferroglobe is a global leading producer of silicon metal and its respective alloys, operating with 26 production centers in Canada, France, South Africa, Spain, and the U.S amongst other markets. Ferroglobe Innovation has developed proprietary, state-of-the-art technology to produce high-purity silicon powders and to supply customized solutions to manufacturer customers. Ferroglobe accounts for 14% of the global production capacity of silicon metal and is recognized as the leading producer of ferroalloys in the European Union.
Spencer Huh, President and CEO of NEO, commented, “We are highly excited to be in discussion with Ferroglobe. The expertise and experience that FGI brings is invaluable to NEO’s accelerated plan of commercialization. NEO emphasizes that cost and performance of silicon anode materials are highly complementary as one cannot go without the other. Thus, we will engage closely with Ferroglobe to push the development of low-cost, mass-producible end market anode materials.”
About NEO Battery Materials Ltd.
NEO Battery Materials Ltd. is a Vancouver-based resource company focused on battery metals and materials. The Company has staked new mining claims in Golden, BC, along a strike with a quartzite bed, targeting silica in the quartzites for a total of 467 hectares. NEO is also focusing on developing silicon anodes, which provide improvements in capacity and efficiency over lithium-ion batteries using graphite in their anode materials. The Company intends to become an integrated silicon producer and anode materials supplier to the electric vehicle industry. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at: https://neobatterymaterials.com/
Ferroglobe PLC is one of the world’s leading suppliers of silicon metal, silicon-based and manganese-based specialty alloys and ferroalloys, serving a customer base across the globe in dynamic and fast-growing end markets, such as solar, automotive, consumer products, construction and energy. For more information, visit https://www.ferroglobe.com/
On behalf of the Board of Directors
President and CEO
Global Head of Communications & Public Affairs
José Manuel Miguez Novoa
Si for Batteries – Business Development and Project Lead
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