Agriculture and chemical giants lobby to weaken European Green Deal

Unearthed | October 12, 2020

Europe’s farming and chemical lobbies attempted to weaken new EU targets to halve pesticide use by 2030, according to documents obtained by Unearthed. At a meeting in March, the European Crop Protection Association – which represents some of the world’s biggest pesticide producers – suggested to European Commission (EC) officials the target was double what could be achieved in the next decade. It came after the influential farming lobby group Copa Cogeca warned the man in charge of the EC’s European Green Deal plan – Frans Timmermans – that its pesticide reduction ambitions were “too high” and would “drive farmers out of business”.


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Clariant signs definitive agreement to sell Quats business

Clariant | September 05, 2022

Clariant, a focused, sustainable, and innovative specialty chemical company announced that it has reached a definitive agreement for the divestment of its Quats business to Global Amines Company Pte. Ltd., a 50/50 joint venture owned by Clariant and Wilmar, Asia’s leading agricultural business and oleochemicals business globally. This divestment is a further step in Clariant’s portfolio transformation to focus operations purely on specialty chemicals. Quats are quaternary ammonium compounds, a group of chemicals used for a variety of purposes including as preservatives, surfactants, and as antistatic agents. Quats are used in a wide range of commercial, industrial, and consumer products. The business maintains an excellent reputation as a leading supplier of quats with proprietary technology and a good service reputation. The transfer will be an asset sale of the sites in Germany, Indonesia, and Brazil and will provide for tolling agreements where needed. The sales price, subject to standard closing conditions, is set at USD 113 million. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to be consummated in the first half of 2023. Clariant is a focused, sustainable, and innovative specialty chemical company based in Muttenz, near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2021, Clariant totaled a staff number of 11 537 and recorded sales of CHF 4.372 billion in the fiscal year for its continuing businesses. The company reports in three Business Areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis, and Natural Resources. Clariant’s corporate strategy is led by the overarching purpose of ‘Greater chemistry – between people and planet,’ and reflects the importance of connecting customer focus, innovation, sustainability, and people.

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SOCMA Welcomes Five New Members in Q3

SOCMA | October 14, 2022

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates announces five new companies were approved for membership by its Board of Governors – Forquimica, Pflaumer Brothers, Synray, The ChemQuest Group, and Williams Mullen. Forquimica, a Brazil-based manufacturer of sustainable agricultural products, opened its first U.S. facility in Moultrie, GA. "We are excited to join SOCMA for its expert legislative and regulatory guidance as we set up our Georgia site," said Ana Paula de Freitas, Quality Control Manager, Forquimica. "Along with compliance assistance, SOCMA's resources will maximize our continuous improvement efforts in commercial and manufacturing activities." Synray is a New Jersey-based coatings and specialty chemical toll manufacturer, selling resins to the paint, coatings and ink markets. "Synray looks to benefit from SOCMA's commercial services to create new business partnerships, and participate in the multitude of operational best practice sharing forums members are afforded," said Peter Tepperman, CEO, Synray. Specialty chemical manufacturer Pflaumer Brothers, located in Ewing, NJ, develops products and technologies with applications for paints, coatings, printing inks, electronics and more. Pflaumer's leadership is looking to SOCMA for optimized training, specialized tariff support, and access to SOCMA's broad network of toll manufacturers. The ChemQuest Group is a global consulting firm providing clients with tailored business strategy, market intelligence, technology acceleration and M&A advisory services. "As former chemical industry executives, our team brings depth of experience to each project," said Edye Fox Abrams, Vice President, Business Development & Marketing. "We are excited to partner with SOCMA in offering the association and its members guidance on navigating the challenging post-Covid business environment." Williams Mullen is an established advisor to the specialty chemical sector. Representing various industry clients, the law firm provides expertise in areas including M&A, finance, corporate and litigation. "We proudly welcome this new group of members. Each company is looking to fulfill specific business objectives and expand their visibility through collaboration with SOCMA. My team and I look forward to helping them reach their strategic goals through SOCMA's tailored programs and services." Jennifer Abril, President & CEO, SOCMA About SOCMA Solely dedicated to the specialty chemical industry, SOCMA builds commercial connections, supports manufacturing and operations, and advocates for regulatory and legislative policies.

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Allied Copper Corporation | November 25, 2022

Allied Copper Corp. is pleased to announce additional technical information and financial information regarding Volt Lithium Corp. As announced on October 31, 2022, Allied Copper has agreed to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of privately-held Volt, pursuant to a share purchase agreement dated October 31, 2022, among each of the shareholders of Volt. Through this Acquisition, Allied Copper is afforded a strategic opportunity to expand both its asset base and development focus to include a broader range of battery metals that represent key inputs supporting the global energy transition. Rainbow Lake Property Volt has acquired a 100% minerals interest in a lithium-brine project in northwest Alberta which is defined by nineteen contiguous Alberta Metallic and Industrial Mineral Permits. Details of the mineral permits are summarized in Schedule B of the Agreement, which has been filed on SEDAR at The Rainbow Lake Property is in northwest Alberta, approximately 80 kilometres west of the Town of High Level, Alberta. The west-central portion of the Property surrounds the Town of Rainbow Lake, Alberta, which region is historically famous for its substantial oil and gas reserves within the carbonate platform and reef complex portions of the Middle Devonian Elk Point Group. The Property can be accessed by Provincial Highway 58, and numerous secondary all weather and dry weather gravel roads and tracks that are serviced year-round due to oil and gas production operations in the area. Upper Keg River Formation Aquifer Brine Evaluation Volt’s initial exploration objective at the Rainbow Lake Property was to assess stratigraphically deep hypersaline formation water, or brine, from oil and gas reservoirs, or aquifers, within the porous portions of the Elk Point Group’s Upper Keg River Formations reef complexes for its lithium-brine potential. As per Government of Alberta subsurface brine compilations, historical Upper Keg River Formation lithium-brine analytical results within the boundaries of the Rainbow Lake Property include nine historical lithium assays of Upper Keg River Formation and Elk Point Group brines (the latter at depths that are correlative with the Upper Keg River Formation). The assays yield lithium-brine values that range between 29 and 44 milligrams per litre (“mg/L”) lithium with an average concentration of 38.3 mg/L lithium. To validate the historical lithium-brine assays, Volt commissioned a petro-company leasehold owner and active hydrocarbon producer from within a portion of the Property and Mr. Roy Eccles P. Geol. of APEX Geoscience Ltd. to complete two separate 2022 brine sampling programs at the Rainbow Lake Property. The Petro-Company collected two brine samples from two separate wells; one of which was not within the boundaries of the Property. The samples were analyzed by Sterling Chemical Inc.’s subsidiary lab, Camber Resource Services Ltd., who is not independent of Volt. The QP collected 25 brine samples from three oil and gas facilities and four producing wells within the Rainbow Lake Property in conjunction with the Petro-Company that is actively producing hydrocarbons from Upper Keg River Formation reservoirs. Quality assessment-quality control samples included four duplicate samples, seven brine lab-prepared lithium-brine standards, two blank samples (containing no lithium), and two check lab samples. The QP brine samples were analyzed at independent, commercial laboratories who are accredited and experienced in analysing petro-fluids. The QP assessed both the Petro-Company and QP-collected sample analyses, and concluded that the analytical results yield both ‘valid’ and ‘invalid’ Upper Keg River Formation brine geochemical results. The Petro-Company collected samples were removed because the samples were either from an off-property well or analyzed at a non-independent lab that returned lithium results that did not correlate well with the analytical results of the QP-collected samples. Four QP-collected sample analyses were also removed from the dataset because of suspected issues with contamination or the brine geochemical results were not compatible with representative Upper Keg River Formation aquifer brine. The contamination relates to high oil contents in the brine sample, or elevated iron and metal contents believed to be related to corrosiveness inhibitors used by the Petro-Company at a specific well that may have precipitated metals that are not representative of the true brine. With respect to the assessment of representative brine genuine Upper Keg River Formation samples in this dataset contain between 72,200 and 156,000 mg/L sodium; however, the QP-assessed invalid samples had very low sodium. Once the invalid brine analyses were removed from the database (n=6 analyses), the QP had no further significant issues or inconsistencies that would cause one to question the validity of the data. Brine analytical results are presented in Table 1 and include lithium-brine values from the three facilities and two wells. With respect to the QP-collected valid Upper Keg River Formation aquifer brine samples, brine from the wells yielded between 29.3 and 36.1 mg/L lithium with an average concentration of 33.0 mg/L lithium. Brine from the facilities yielded between 24.5 and 37.3 mg/L lithium with an average concentration of 33.6 mg/L lithium. Collectively, the brine analyses from Volt’s primary lab yielded between 30.6 mg/L and 37.3 mg/L lithium with an average concentration of 35.0 mg/L lithium. The QP concluded that the Volt sampling program validated the historical lithium-brine analytical results: 38.3 mg/L lithium versus 35.0 mg/L lithium. The similar lithium concentrations potentially demonstrates the chemical homogeneity of the Upper Keg River Formation aquifer underlying the Rainbow Lake Property. The sample program results also show that Volt could utilize the facilities for any future demonstration, or pilot direct lithium extraction test work, which is beneficial because the facilities represent multi-well collection points with high brine volume. Based on the results of the Rainbow Lake Property brine sampling program, Volt has commissioned APEX Geoscience Ltd. to prepare a technical report that will provide a geological introduction and exploration results of the Upper Keg River Formation aquifer brine assessment and include recommendations to advance the lithium-brine project. The technical report will be prepared in accordance with the Canadian Mining and Metallurgy Mineral Exploration Best Practice Guidelines (2018) and the disclosure requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

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AMG Lithium Signs Binding Multiyear Agreement to Supply Battery-grade Lithium Hydroxide with EcoPro

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. | September 06, 2022

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. announces its wholly owned subsidiary, AMG Lithium GmbH of Frankfurt has signed a binding supply agreement with Korean company EcoPro for an initial three-year term. AMG Lithium will supply EcoPro with battery-grade lithium hydroxide from its plant in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany, which is recently under construction and scheduled to start commissioning in Q3 2023. Under the Agreement, AMG Lithium will deliver a minimum of 5,000 tonnes per annum of battery-grade lithium hydroxide to EcoPro BM’s cathode materials production plant in Debrecen, Hungary. The contract includes an option for additional volumes. Initial quantities for qualification purposes are scheduled to be delivered in late 2023 – with regular quantities to follow in 2024. AMG Lithium plans to produce an annual amount of 20,000 tpa of battery-grade lithium hydroxide in the first module in Bitterfeld-Wolfen with four additional modules planned to achieve a total annual production capacity of 100,000 tpa. “We are happy to have reached this Agreement to supply EcoPro’s European cathode materials plant out of our Bitterfeld refinery. We are looking forward to growing our future business with EcoPro with additional quantities and potentially dedicating an entire module on an exclusive basis,” Stefan Scherer, CEO of AMG Lithium About AMG AMG is a global critical materials company at the forefront of CO2 reduction trends. AMG produces highly engineered specialty metals and mineral products and provides related vacuum furnace systems and services to the transportation, infrastructure, energy, and specialty metals & chemicals end markets. AMG Clean Energy Materials segment combines AMG’s recycling and mining operations, producing materials for infrastructure and energy storage solutions while reducing the CO2 footprint of both suppliers and customers. AMG Clean Energy Materials segment spans the vanadium, lithium, and tantalum value chains. AMG Critical Materials Technologies segment combines AMG’s leading vacuum furnace technology line with high-purity materials serving global leaders in the aerospace sector. AMG Critical Minerals segment consists of AMG’s mineral processing operations in antimony, graphite, and silicon metal.

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