Mkango Resources Ltd. is pleased to announce that HyProMag GmbH has been awarded grants totalling €3.7 million for a new project, entitled “Innovation Centre for Science & Economy Northern Black Forest IZWW”, comprising a €2.5 million grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and a €1.2 million grant from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Württemberg.
The total cost of the Project is expected to be €6.1 million, of which approximately 60% will be funded by the grants, on the basis that for each €1 spent on the Project by HyProMag GmbH, a further €1.50 contribution can be claimed from the grants. The first phase of the Project includes development of a production facility in Baden-Württemberg State with a minimum capacity of 100tpa NdFeB comprising recycled rare earth sintered magnets, alloy pellets and powders.
The initial production facility would be a similar size to the £4.3 million project being developed by HyProMag Limited and the University of Birmingham at Tyseley Energy Park in the UK, funded by Driving the Electric Revolution, an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund challenge delivered by UK Research and Innovation (“UKRI”).
HyProMag GmbH was established to commercialise HPMS technology in Germany and EU, and to further support Government initiatives to strengthen European rare earth supply chains and accelerate the green transition, and the Project is a major milestone in fulfilment of this strategy.
William Dawes, Chief Executive of Mkango stated: “This is an exciting milestone for Mkango, HyProMag GmbH, HyProMag Limited, which significantly enhances the group’s production pipeline, targeting first production in the UK in 2023 and Germany in 2024, with North America developed in parallel. We envisage that the recycling of rare earth magnets will play a key role in the development of robust supply chains to catalyse and support growth in the electric vehicle sector and in other clean technologies.
“This Project further cements Mkango’s and HyProMag’s early mover advantage in the rare earth magnet recycling sector, highlighting its competitive position and benefiting from a very strong network of industry and academic partners.”
Professor Carlo Burkhardt, Director of HyProMag GmbH stated: “Setting up this ultra-efficient manufacturing facility for rare earth permanent magnets is a unique opportunity to establish technological leadership along the entire value chain for rare earth magnets. By combining the competencies of industry and science in the Northern Black Forest and further locations in Baden-Württemberg, the Project will play a pivotal role in supporting the structural change from internal combustion engines to electromobility. Furthermore, it will enable development of further high-performance applications, where permanent magnets and rare earths already have a central role as critical components, which will become even more important in the foreseeable future.”
Rare earth magnets play a key role in clean energy technologies including electric vehicles and wind turbine generators, and they are also a key component in electronic devices including mobile phones, hard disk drives and loudspeakers. The development of domestic sources of recycled rare earths in Germany via HPMS is a significant opportunity to fast-track the development of sustainable and competitive recycled rare earth magnet production.
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About Mkango Resources Limited
Mkango’s corporate strategy is to develop new sustainable primary and secondary sources of neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium to supply accelerating demand from electric vehicles, wind turbines and other clean technologies. This integrated Mine, Refine, Recycle strategy differentiates Mkango from its peers, uniquely positioning the Company in the rare earths sector.
Mkango is developing Songwe Hill in Malawi with a Feasibility Study completed in July 2022. Malawi is known as “The Warm Heart of Africa”, a stable democracy with existing road, rail and power infrastructure, and new infrastructure developments underway.
In parallel, Mkango and Grupa Azoty PULAWY, Poland’s leading chemical company and the second largest manufacturer of nitrogen and compound fertilizers in the European Union, have agreed to work together towards development of a rare earth Separation Plant at Pulawy in Poland (the “Pulawy Separation Plant”). The Pulawy Separation Plant will process the purified mixed rare earth carbonate produced at Songwe Hill.
Through its ownership of Maginito, Mkango is also developing green technology opportunities in the rare earths supply chain, encompassing neodymium (NdFeB) magnet recycling as well as innovative rare earth alloy, magnet, and separation technologies. Maginito holds a 42% interest in UK rare earth (NdFeB) magnet recycler, HyProMag, with an option to increase its interest to 49%.
Mkango also has an extensive exploration portfolio in Malawi, including the Mchinji rutile exploration project, the Thambani uranium-tantalum-niobium-zircon project and Chimimbe nickel-cobalt project.