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Profitability with sustainability is at the heart of what we do. At Graphene Nanochem, we are committed to achieving growth in all aspects of our business.
Our vision is to be the preferred partner in the fields we serve.
We will achieve our vision by anticipating the needs of our customers and focusing on delivering sustainable solutions. We work continuously on improving our process technologies to enhance our operational efficiency. We build partnerships and business networks identifying areas of mutual benefits and synergies where we add as well as derive value for sustained growth.
Our mission is to responsibly and consistently deliver value to our stakeholders, across all aspects of our business.
We devote our resources and align our innovation to our shareholders’ interests to deliver sustainable long-term returns.
Fundamental to our development is our continued focus on the long-term growth strategy, which is to deliver innovative high value products in attractive growth markets that will ensure sustained global growth in the years ahead for the Graphene NanoChem Group. We aim to achieve our goals through four strategic focus areas:
Solutions Driven High Value Products
Continuously develop, invest and acquire proprietary and new technologies aligned to targeted market needs and requirements. We prioritise in developing an economically attractive product portfolio in growth markets where pricing margins are attractive, speed to market is assured and where we believe we can establish a leading presence.
High Performance Green Products
Leverage the use of our Advanced Materials in harnessing opportunities to address demand for high performance green products. Our graphene enabled chemical products are specifically designed to address demand for products with enhanced properties without sacrificing environmental safety.
Partnership Model To Accelerate Growth
Value-add partnerships with strong technological offerings or market access, often with clearly identified synergies with our existing business or targeted growth areas.
Innovation To Enhance Market Share Strength
Continuous innovation in process technologies and product development to improve operational efficiency, enhance our intellectual property portfolio and develop new customised and differentiated products to ensure sustainable long term growth and to maintain leading position in our chosen fields.
The Advanced Chemicals division employs a variety of technologies to manufacture a unique portfolio of oleochemicals and performance products. Our products provide enhanced performance when used as ingredients, additives or processing aids within a broad range of applications in multiple industries.
Our manufacturing activities can be broadly classified into the following categories:
- Intermediate Chemicals, which are base oleochemicals and/or building blocks or an ingredient to specialty chemicals
- Functional Chemicals, which are value add chemicals that fulfil specific functional attributes;
- Performance Chemicals, which are customised chemicals designed and formulated for performance improvement and enhancement.
The Advanced Chemicals division is currently focused on three market segments: Fuel Additives, Oilfield Chemicals and Home Care and our long term strategy for the division is sustainable growth through high value product innovation, capacity expansion and market diversification.
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The Advanced Materials Division focuses on the commercial development of high value high performance products in targeted application areas, enabled or enhanced through the use of graphene nanomaterials.
Graphene is a new class of nanomaterial with wide ranging properties, from enhanced electrical and thermal conductivity to exceptional load bearing capacity and performance. A potentially disruptive technology, graphene has the ability to transfer its intrinsic properties into other materials, creating an array of higher value products possessing specifically enhanced property values. A small quantity of this multi-functional, versatile material can enhance and bring new properties to established products such as plastics, polymers, lubricants, metals – from enhanced electrical and thermal conductivity to exceptional mechanical load bearing capacity and performance, for applications in a broad range of industries ranging from aerospace, automotive, composites, energy storage, marine and electronics, to construction, oil and gas, medical and telecommunications.
At Graphene NanoChem, we leverage on our production and functionalization capabilities to focus on defined products and end market targets to realize the commercial value of graphene nanomaterials as an enabling technology for various end applications.
The Advanced Materials Division is comprised of three core proprietary elements:
- the graphene nanomaterials unit for our in-house production of applications-specific nanomaterial products using our proprietary “bottom-up” chemical synthesis process, to suit our targeted areas of commercial applications;
- the graphene dispersion unit for the functionalization of the materials to enable its application for specific performance uses; and
- the product development unit for product commercialization.
Whilst we have the capability to manufacture various types of graphene nanomaterials we do not intend to be a volume supplier of graphene nanomaterials. Our strategy is to provide graphene-enhanced solutions into our targeted market place including through strategic industry partnerships and our commercialization initiatives will be structured on a case-to-case basis, based on the following business models:
- the Integrator Model in which we own and manage the innovation process shouldering risks and also reaping the highest commercial value, primarily through wholly-owned or joint venture commercialization models;
- the Orchestrator Model in which we coordinate significant aspects of innovation but executes only part of the process through collaborations with strategic partners driving a clear path to revenue generation and commercialisation; and
- the Licensor Model where we are primary owner of the ideal or the intellectual property but is not directly involved in its realisation or implementation and enable us to generate higher margins with minimal risks.
The combined product and end market approach is a critical component to our commercialization efforts, specifically in selecting our areas of focus and in developing quality collaborations with industry partners.
The current priority application areas for the Advanced Materials platform are Nanofluids, Rubber and Polymers and Conductive Inks where we are at various stages of development and commercialization.
Tan Sri Dato' Sri Abi Musa Asa'ari Bin Mohamed Nor
Appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Chairman in March 2013
Extensive years of experience and broad knowledge in the finance and petroleum sectors within the Malaysian civil service. Abi Musa has served with the Public Service Department, and as Deputy Director of the Petroleum Development Division under the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department. He brings strong financial knowledge from his experience as the Deputy Director in the Budget division of the Finance Ministry. He served as the Director General of the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority and Secretary General of the Agriculture and Small Industries before retiring in September 2006. He holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Malaya.
He is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Malaysian Pilgrimage Funds Board, Non-executive Chairman of Pelikan International, Independent Non-Executive Director of HeiTech Padu Berhad, Chairman of the Malaysian Biodiesel Association and the Sultan Idris Education University. He was also the former Non-Executive Chairman of the Malaysian Pilgrimage Funds Board.
Dato' Jespal Singh Deol Balbir Singh
Appointed as Chief Executive Officer on March 2013.
Jespal is a co-founder of Platinum NanoChem Group and was appointed as the Managing Director of Platinum NanoChem in 2007. He co-founded Stevian Biotechnology, a company involved in the production of a natural based sweetener from stevia, which was admitted to trading on AIM as Pure Circle Limited in December 2007 with a market capitalisation of £384 million. He was also the Executive Director of Corporate and Business Development and instrumental in securing its development funding and closing global sales with multinational customers. He specialised in corporate mergers and acquisitions during his time with his firm Deol & Gill. Jespal holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Queensland, Australia.
He is the Independent non-executive director and chairman of the Audit Committee of IMU Education Sdn Bhd, which operates the International Medical University of Kuala Lumpur and is part of IHH Healthcare Berhad.
Dato' Sallehuddin Bin Othman
Appointed to the Board as Non-executive Director on April 2014
Considerable leadership experience in the finance and corporate sector. Sallehuddin held senior roles in Permodalan Nasional Berhad and UMW Holdings Berhad, where he later served as Group Managing Director from 1994 to 2000. His strategic knowledge was responsible for the execution of various plans as the Group Managing Director of the Malaysian Industrial Development Finance up to 2006. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Administrative Sciences from City University, London.
He is the Non-Executive Director at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Malaysia) Berhad, Non-Executive Chairman of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, a non-profit agency of the Malaysian Ministry of Finance that funds the development of Malaysian entrepreneurship in high growth technology industries. He is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Dato' Larry Gan Nyap Liou @ Gan Nyap Liow
Appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director on March 2013
Close to three decades of leadership roles in strategic management, investments, innovation and technology. Gan, who was previously with Accenture, consulted on projects with multinational companies and worked with global innovative technologies. As Accenture’s managing partner for Asia from 1999 to 2003, he managed a multibillion dollar Venture Fund in Asia Pacific, closing investments in China, Japan, Australia and Singapore. His in-depth technological experience is reflected in his appointments as Chairman of the Association of Computer Industry Malaysia (PIKOM), Vice-President of the Association of Asian Oceania Computer Industry Organisation, Member of the Minister of Science and Technology Think Tank, Copyright Tribunal, Labuan International Financial Exchange Committee, MIMOS Berhad (Government Technology Research) and the Malaysia US Business Council. Larry is a chartered accountant and a certified management consultant.
He is the CEO/Managing Director of Omesti Berhad, Non-Executive Director of Cuscapi Berhad, a Board Member of Rev Asia Berhad (Chairman), Tanjong Public Limited Plc, Saujana Resort (M) Berhad, Tropicana Corporation Berhad, 8Common Ltd (Australia) and Fatfish Internet Group Ltd (Australia, Chairman). He is associated with the Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group (Director), British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Chairman) and JC Jacobsen Foundation (Trustee).
Sushil Singh Sidhu Joginder Singh
Appointed as Finance Director on March 2013
Extensive and rich international experience in corporate finance, equity capital markets and venture capital management. As a co-founder of Platinum NanoChem Group, he has served as the executive director of finance to the firm since January 2007. As former Finance Director of Stevian Biotechnology, Sushil and the team grew the company from its start-up position and raised its development funding. He has wide and in-depth financial experience, having served as the Chief Operating Officer of Commerce- Meridian Capital Sdn Bhd, a joint venture management company with the CIMB Group, Southern Bank Securities, Jardine Matheson and Nikkei Pacific Corporate Advisory Sdn. Bhd. Sushil holds an MBA (majoring in Finance) from the University of Hull and a Bachelor’s degree in Business (majoring in Finance) from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
He is a Senior Associate of the Institute of Credit Management, Australia and an Associate of the Institute of Bankers, Australia.
Alan Michael Cleverly, OBE
Appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director on March 2013
Considerable experience in corporate governance practices and entrepreneurial sector. Cleverly was a director and company secretary to the Corporate Governance Forum Limited and is actively involved in various non-profit organisations supporting small medium enterprises and corporate governance practices. External appointments: Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Genesis Initiative, a non-profit body that represents the interests of UK Small and Medium Enterprises and Events Facilitator to the All Party Parliamentary Corporate Governance Group.
Dr. Patrick Dennis Howes
Appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director on August 2007
Howes brings over 25 years of experience in energy related chemical industries, with strong skills in incorporating new technologies into the designs of chemical plants and the execution and management of projects from inception to completion. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry (1981) from Salford University in the synthesis and properties of zeolite molecular sieves, a class of nanomaterials utilised in the oil and gas industries.
In accordance with the AIM Rules (Rule 26), insofar as the Company is aware, the percentage of the Graphene Nanochem’s AIM securities not held in public hand was 49.5% as at 22 August 2014.
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