This summer, Gordon Chiu and I made a joint presentation during an investors’ dinner sponsored by the Harvard Investors’ Group in New York City.
I presented details of our Lac Knife graphite property and its unique physical attributes, Dr. Chiu provided the participants with a brilliant overview on graphene – from its discovery in 2004 to now and graphene’s potential for the future.
During the question and answer session that followed our presentation, graphene dominated the questions. Gordon provided the science and I provided, in essence, the rationale for our commercial commitment to our graphene development joint venture.
Graphene, of course, is a feature of our business that, when linked to Lac Knife’s graphite, sets us apart and moves us beyond any traditional understanding of the nature of any mid-tier, junior exploration company.
We are, and have become, a technology solutions supplier and business innovator.
Focus Metals’ business model, our management and our future successes are built upon the dictum, “business unusual,” and not, “business as usual.”
This month, we announced the appointment of Tony Brisson as our Vice President, Exploration. He is a young, sharp and accomplished geologist and we welcome his participation as we move through our growth agenda.
We also announced the incorporation of Grafoid Inc., the company to be used for our graphene development and patenting venture.
Grafoid Inc., to us, is the Holy Grail of graphene technological development and entrepreneurship.
When Focus Metals Chairman Jeff York and I founded our company last year, it was with a profound bias towards carving out a place for ourselves in a niche corner of the global technology market.
Both our properties; Lac Knife and Kwyjibo meet our technology development objectives and business aspirations. More importantly, they meet our core commitment to building shareholder value.
Graphene has clearly moved into the mainstream of investor consideration and we aim to capitalize on current sentiment by implementing some of those technologies we own or co-own the rights to, for our own long-term revenue generating reasons.
Nothing captures an investor’s attention better than money. Or even better, big money!
We knew when we purchased Lac Knife from IAMGOLD we had acquired something very special. Dr. Chiu’s lab research has given us an early indication of just how special our graphite is in two particular ways.
The first discovery was the quality and purity of our graphite. When Gordon observed it under a scanning electron microscope, he reported to us that our raw, unprocessed graphite was much better in quality than the best processed laboratory graphite on the market today.
More importantly, Gordon is in the process of developing a proprietary, cost-mitigating purification process to extract graphene directly from our Lac Knife ore.
It means that we do not have to expose our graphite to a crushing process that destroys the physical integrity of graphene. It will enable us to ship raw ore from Lac Knife directly to our graphene processing facility.
As the owners of the best quality technology-grade graphite in the world with the lowest production costs, introducing an innovative, proprietary, low-cost process technology for the mass production of industrial graphene gives us a huge competitive advantage for graphene production in international markets!
Like graphite, we invested our intangible capital with the single-minded purpose of creating a low-cost, vertically integrated and profitable enterprise with some knowledge in advance that we could sell what we produced into the high-technology sector.
We know who our graphite customers are and, we know who our graphene customers are. And they know us and what we hold.
Creating shareholder value through business innovation isn’t a new concept.
But as the only mid-tier, junior mining developer with a vision to build a graphite-to-graphene wealth generator, we’ve carved out a niche position for ourselves and our investors that sets us apart from any other junior in the world.
Once our graphene research, development and testing activities are completed, I’ll be in a position to provide additional details. Until then, one of my immediate goals is raise graphene’s profile in the global marketplace.
I’ll have more to say about graphene this fall, culminating in London, on the 6th and 7th of December as Focus Metals is the prime sponsor of Industrial Minerals’ Graphite Conference. I’ll be delivering two presentations: one on graphite, the second on graphene.
My three speaking engagements in Europe this fall – two in London, one in Munich – provide opportunities to grow our profile internationally.
Ultimately, my immediate goal is to increase awareness of our unique and highly-focused company and the benefits that come with an investment in Focus Metals.