Oct 25, 2021 – Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. (TSX-V:GMG ; FRA:0GF) (“GMG” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that GMG and Robert Bosch Australia Pty Ltd (“BOSCH”) have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent, with the aim to agree on the terms of binding agreements for BOSCH to design and deliver a Graphene Aluminium Ion Battery (“G+AI Battery”) manufacturing plant.
Robert Bosch Australia Pty Ltd is a subsidiary of the BOSCH Group, a global provider of integrated production line solutions, automation, robotics and testing equipment. BOSCH will support GMG in learning and developing the automation of the battery assembly process and use the results from the GMG G+AI Battery pilot plant to support the scaling of these into fully automated plants. The parties’ intent is for BOSCH to become GMG’s engineering, design and construction contractor for GMG’s near and long-term battery cell manufacturing facility needs (both coin cell and pouch pack).
GMG’s Managing Director and CEO, Craig Nicol, commented: “We are proud and excited to be partnering with BOSCH. They are a major, world leading company in this space with outstanding capability to help provide highly automated, efficient and reliable battery manufacturing plants. It has been great working with the BOSCH Australia team so far and we look forward to building a strong long-term partnership with them.”
Gavin Smith, President of BOSCH Australia said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by GMG as its long term factory automation partner. We are excited to bring Bosch’s world class technology and expertise to support GMG commercialise its innovative battery technology, with an automated coin cell manufacturing plant the first cab off the ranks.”
GMG’s commitment to an initial commercial G+AI Battery manufacturing plant, which is planned to produce batteries in coin cell format, is expected to follow successful commercial G+AI Battery prototype development and a final investment decision. The location is not yet decided but is expected to be in Australia where GMG’s headquarters and existing operations are located.
Further to the Company’s news release dated July 14, 2021, the G+AI Battery pilot plant equipment has been received and the Company intends to commence construction and commissioning shortly.
Following previously announced performance results of GMG’s G+AI Battery and highly encouraging customer feedback, the Company believes that it remains on track to develop a commercial prototype coin cell battery before the end of 2021, and thus continues to progress preparations for a commercial scale battery manufacturing facility in parallel. For further information, see the Company’s news release dated May 5th 2021 and June 22nd, 2021.
GMG is an Australian based clean-tech company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV:GMG) that produces graphene and hydrogen by cracking methane (natural gas) instead of mining graphite. By using the company’s proprietary process, GMG can produce high quality, low cost, scalable, ‘tuneable’ and no/low contaminant graphene – enabling demonstrated cost and environmental improvements in a number of world-scale planet-friendly/clean-tech applications. Using this low input cost source of graphene, the Company is developing value-added products that target the massive energy efficiency and energy storage markets.
The Company is also pursuing additional opportunities for GMG graphene, including developing next-generation batteries, collaborating with world-leading universities in Australia, and investigating the opportunity to enhance the performance and energy efficiency of engine oils, biodiesel and diesel fuels.
Bosch is a preferred supplier of advanced manufacturing solutions and integrations to Australian businesses. Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions (BAMS) is committed to strengthening the competitiveness of the Australian manufacturing sector. BAMS has become one of the country’s leading factory automation companies, working with a diverse array of blue-chip, mid-tier and start-up manufacturers to automate their manufacturing. With over 50 years of manufacturing experience and factory automation know-how, BAMS aims to help Australian manufacturers become fit for the future.
For further information, please contact:
– Craig Nicol, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Company at [email protected], +61 415 445 223
– Leo Karabelas at Focus Communications, [email protected] , +1 647 689 6041
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. The forward-looking statements herein are made as of the date of this press release only, and the Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise them to reflect new information, estimates or opinions, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “is expected”, “budgets”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “predicts”, “projects”, “intends”, “targets”, “aims”, “anticipates” or “believes” or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases or may be identified by statements to the effect that certain actions “may”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved.
Forward-looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to, statements relating to: the Letter of Intent and entering into binding agreements with BOSCH, construction of the G+AI Battery manufacturing plant, the Company’s partnership with BOSCH, the G+AI Battery pilot plant equipment, the Company’s pursuit of additional opportunities for GMG graphene, and the development of a commercial prototype coin cell battery.
Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions of management, including, without limitation, the Company will be successful in negotiating binding agreements with BOSCH as anticipated, the Company will be successful in obtaining all necessary approvals under the Letter of Intent and any binding agreement, the construction of the G+AI Battery manufacturing plant will be completed as anticipated, the Company will secure a partnership with BOSCH as anticipated, the Company the Company will be able to commence construction and commissioning of the G+AI Battery pilot plant equipment on the anticipated timelines, the Company will be successful in collaborating with universities in Australia to develop its products, the Company will be able to enhance the performance and energy efficiency of engine oils, biodiesel and diesel fuels, and that the Company will be able to develop a commercial prototype coin cell battery before the end of 2021.
Forward-looking information involve a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual plans, intentions, activities, results, performance or achievements of GMG to be materially different from any future plans, intentions, activities, results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks include, without limitation: the Company will not be successful in negotiating binding agreements with BOSCH, the Company will not be successful in obtaining all necessary approvals under the Letter of Intent and any binding agreement, the construction of the G+AI Battery manufacturing plant will not be completed as anticipated, the Company will not be able to secure a partnership with BOSCH as anticipated, the Company will not be able to commence construction and commissioning of the G+AI Battery pilot plant equipment on the anticipated timelines, the Company will not be successful in collaborating with universities in Australia to develop its products, the Company will not be able to enhance the performance and energy efficiency of engine oils, biodiesel and diesel fuels, and that the Company will not be able to develop a commercial prototype coin cell battery before the end of 2021. Such forward-looking information represents management’s best judgment based on information currently available. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not intend, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.