Battery Metals: Altech gets an approach from the German government for new HPA facility
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Altech Chemicals (ASX:ATC) is busy with the finance and completion of its high purity alumina (HPA) facility in Malaysia.
But the company announced this morning that another plant could be on the cards — this time in the German state of Saxony.
Altech is considering a written invitation from the local government to build the state’s second HPA production facility.
ATC shares ticked higher by 4 per cent in morning trade to 13c.
HPA is increasingly tied to the oncoming boom in electric vehicle production, due to its use as a coating layer in the production of lithium-ion batteries.
Altech said Saxony, the fourth most populous state in Germany based in the east of the country, is looking to establish a major electric vehicle industry in the region.
The state is a key part of the supply chain for leading German car manufacturers including Volkswagen and BMW.
Altech’s German advisory team has now met with local government representatives. It will now “undertake further evaluation, which will include research on various government grants that the company has been advised may be available”.
The company said a German facility could make sense strategically, with reference to both the potential for a global supply shortfall in HPA along with the pro-EV regulatory environment in European jurisdictions.
Altech cited a report fro CRU Consulting which forecasts a HPA supply shortfall of 20,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) in 2021, increasing to 50,000tpa by 2028.
The processing capacity of Altech’s Malaysian plant under construction is around 4,500tpa.
Following a direct invite from the Saxony government along with Europe’s push towards low-emission solutions, Altech said its “current strategic thinking is for its next HPA plant to be located in Europe”.
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