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#TEK TekCapital PLC investee Co. #BELL Belluscura PLC – Belluscura begins manufacturing in China

LONDON, U.K. AND PLANO, TX, U.S. (3 April 2023). Belluscura plc (AIM: BELL), a leading medical device developer focused on lightweight and portable oxygen concentrator (“POC”) technology, provides an update on recent progress.

 

Manufacturing in China

Belluscura has commenced manufacturing in China of its X-PLORTM portable oxygen concentrator.

 

This follows the manufacturing agreement announced in March 2022 with InnoMax Medical Technology, Ltd to manufacture the X-PLOR portable POC in China, enabling the Company to accelerate its international expansion by opening up markets in Asia and beyond. Regulatory approval and distribution within China are expected over the summer.

 

Strong growth is expected in the Asia Pacific market, with the medical oxygen concentrator industry expected to reach $1 bn by 20271 and nearly 100 million people in China with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (“COPD”)2.

 

Medtrade Award

Belluscura is proud to announce that having debuted the DISCOV-R™ portable oxygen concentrator at Medtrade between the 29-30 March this year, it was awarded the Silver Award in the Best New Product category.

 

Held since 1979, Medtrade is the largest home medical equipment (“HME”) trade show and conference in the US, with hundreds of HME manufacturers exhibiting and thousands of HME providers attending the conference each year for the largest annual sourcing opportunity for home medical equipment.

 

The DISCOV-R, which is scheduled to launch in the US this summer, was described by numerous attendees as ‘transformational’ to the supplemental oxygen industry, given its amazing weight of only c.6.5 lbs, ability to produce 2,000ml of pulse and continuous flow oxygen, and its Nomad BiometricTM App that can connect via Bluetooth® to smartphones, wearable fitness devices and other monitors.

 

The U.S. home medical equipment market generated $12.07 billion in 2021 and is estimated to reach $19.89 billion by 2031, witnessing a CAGR of 5.1% from 2022 to 2031, according to research from Allied Market Research published in February 20233.

 

Continued progress across the business

Orders of the X-PLOR portable concentrator continue to grow, as new distributors are brought on board, and are in line with company expectations.

 

We continue to move forward with the CE and UK CA mark registration processes, with a number of approvals anticipated later this year.

 

Robert Rauker, Chief Executive Officer, Belluscura plc, commented:

We continue to make good progress, with manufacturing in China commencing, increased orders for X-PLOR and the tremendous reception of DISCOV-R by the industry at Medtrade.

 

1 Source: Coherent Market Insights – https://www.coherentmarketinsights.com/market-insight/oxygen-concentrators-market-198

2 Source: ScienceDaily – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180409185331.htm

3 Source: Allied Market Research – https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/us-home-medical-equipment-market-A11059

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Belluscura plc

www.belluscura.com

Robert Rauker, Chief Executive Officer

via MHP

Anthony Dyer, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (NOMAD)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3368 3550

Neil Baldwin

 

 

Dowgate Capital Limited (Broker)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3903 7715

James Serjeant / Nicholas Chambers

MHP (Financial PR and Investor Relations)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3128 8100

Katie Hunt / Pete Lambie / Matthew Taylor

Email: belluscura@mhpgroup.com

#TM1 Technology Minerals Plc – Certification of ISO Standards

Technology Minerals Plc (LSE: TM1), the first listed UK company focused on creating a sustainable circular economy for battery metals, is pleased to announce that its 49% owned battery recycling business, Recyclus Group Ltd (“Recyclus”), has been certified as compliant with ISO standards for Quality Management (ISO 9001), Environmental Management (ISO 14001) and Health & Safety Management (ISO 45001).

The International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”) is one of the world’s leading standards-settings bodies. The Organization develops standards to ensure the quality, safety and efficiency of products, services and systems; those standards are recognised globally as the benchmark for operational excellence among leading manufacturing companies.

ISO 9001

ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for an organisation’s quality management system (QMS) and is based on foundational quality management principles, including a strong customer focus, the engagement and responsibility of senior management, process orientation and continual improvement. Recyclus demonstrates this through its procedures and processes and receipt of ISO 9001 is confirmation that customers will receive high-quality products and services.

ISO 14001

To achieve the ISO 14001 certification, defined as an environmental management system (EMS), Recyclus had to successfully demonstrate its systematic framework to ensure the immediate and long-term environmental impacts of the Company’s products and activities are measured, managed, and minimised. This certification demonstrates that Recyclus is committed to its environmental obligations and that its operations generate the lowest possible environmental impact.

ISO 45001

ISO 45001 is the world’s international standard for occupational health and safety and seeks to manage and minimise any health and safety risks associated with Recyclus operations for all stakeholders. Implemented alongside regional, national and industry-specific rules regarding workplace safety, ISO 45001 standards will help Recyclus formalise procedures to proactively improve health and safety performance, provide a safe and healthy workplace and further reduce any risk of causing irreparable harm to personnel or the business as a whole.

Recyclus are committed to creating a circular economy for battery recycling across multiple licensed plants, and these certifications are evidence of the company’s efforts to providing that. It demonstrates the growth of creating a system that is environmentally responsible, which will be upheld through its future developments.

 

Robin Brundle, Chairman of Technology Minerals, said: “We are delighted to have achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, which positions Recyclus as an industrial scale, environmentally friendly certified recycling facility for spent battery metals. These certification opens up Recyclus’ business to many companies and organisations who demand these standards from their supply chain.”

 

                                             

Enquiries

 

Technology Minerals Plc

Robin Brundle, Executive Chairman

Alexander Stanbury, Chief Executive Officer

c/o +44 (0)20 4582 3500

Oberon Investments Limited

Nick Lovering, Adam Pollock

+44 (0)20 3179 0535

 

Arden Partners plc

Tim, Dainton, Louisa Waddell  

+44 (0)20 3829 5000

Gracechurch Group

Harry Chathli, Alexis Gore, William Dobinson

+44 (0)20 4582 3500

Technology Minerals Plc 

 

Technology Minerals is developing the UK’s first listed, sustainable circular economy for battery metals, using cutting-edge technology to recycle, recover, and re-use battery technologies for a renewable energy future. Technology Minerals is focused on extracting raw materials required for Li-ion batteries, whilst solving the ecological issue of spent Li-ion batteries, by recycling them for re-use by battery manufacturers. With the increasing global demand for battery metals to supply electrification, the group will explore, mine, and recycle metals from spent batteries. Further information on Technology Minerals is available at www.technologyminerals.co.uk  

‘Crypto and Black Gold – Higher the Risk, Higher the Reward’

By Arjun Thakkar and Alan Green

Bitcoin worth more than $200bn was wiped off the crypto market on 12th of May. The crash in the BTC price accompanied a generally volatile and uncertain stock market that has seen the Dow Jones and FTSE100 down by 12.7% and 3.7% respectively from the start of the year. The core principle of the markets has always been higher the risk, higher the reward, but the current downward spiral seems to be driven by a perfect storm of events. Is this therefore the end of a bullish run for assets and the risk is too high now for any reward, or are we just seeing a major correction?

The key uncertainty spooking the markets are the high inflation rates. These are being driven by a number of factors, including supply chain problems from China, the Russia-Ukraine war and consequential 25% hike in the price of wheat. Interest rate hikes from the Fed and BoE are pushing borrowing costs higher and driving a sell-off in markets and crypto.

In these uncertain markets investors look for safe investments and the increase in interest rates in 2022 by 0.5% and 0.75% by the BoE and Fed respectively have made cash savings more attractive, leading to a massive sell off in stocks. Added to this, the hitherto stellar performances from crypto assets such as BTC and ETH have prompted well-heeled crypto investors to take their money off the table,  further driving the down turn in crypto market valuations.

Supply chain issues continue to act as a drag. China accounts for around 13% of the global trade, and China’s zero tolerance approach towards Covid has led to a lockdown in the country, which has partly resulted in huge levels of shipping congestion near the Chinese ports. Companies such as Tesla have lost about a month of work because of the Shanghai lockdown, and some other companies claim that an “abnormally high” level of inventory was in transit, unavailable or held at ports, sending the stock market into a frenzy. (Bloomberg, 2022)

 

Image: World Bank

Along with the supply chain crisis, the Russia-Ukraine war has played a significant part in the fortunes of both stock and crypto markets. Russia previously supplied the European continent with 40% of its natural gas and 25% of its oil. The subsequent sanctions and ban on Russian imports sent the price of oil soaring to $109/barrel, driving inflation, and while some of the oil majors and smaller listed oilco’s are now trading at multi year highs, the uncertainty has weighed heavily on the markets.

The impact of higher oil prices has also impacted positively on companies at the junior end of the market. Echo Energy (AIM: ECHO) which has a license portfolio of 12 producing oil and gas fields with infrastructure in Santa Cruz Sur region of Argentina, found itself in the midst of this global demand for oil. Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war (24th February 2022), Echo Energy shares have risen by 13.1% and at one point (22nd April) had returned its investors a 47% share price increase since the start of the war.

 

Source: Echo Energy

Whatever phrase you might use to describe it – end of bull run or correction – bitcoin has fallen to its lowest levels in years – $29,000. A number of factors can be attributed, but one key driver has been the collapse of so called stable coin terraUSD (UST), which as a supposedly stable asset, fell from a high of $118 (£96) to $0.4, rocking the crypto currency markets and having a knock-on effect on other stablecoins. The companies behind stablecoins try to ensure they remain in parity with assets such as the US dollar, so one token will equal $1. The collapse of a stablecoin has fundamentally weakened crypto assets for the present, but despite this, after touching $29,000, BTC rocketed 7.6% to $31,200 in one day, demonstrating that there is a chance for brave traders to turn a profit during these volatile times.

This volatility also boosted cryptocurrency transaction volumes on platforms like Binance and Hotcoin Global, which on 11th May 2022 saw 24hr trading volumes of $27.44bn and $10.27bn respectively, generating spectacular platform commission in the process.

There has also been a consequential read over for listed blockchain and crypto companies such as dual listed Coinsilium (AQX: COIN, OTCQB: CINGF), which is a blockchain, open finance, and crypto finance venture builder. Coinsilium shares fell to $0.025 on May 12th, but the next day shares rocketed to $0.039, providing a 24hr return of 56%. The drop in price for # Coinsilium can be attributed to systematic (market) risk and macro-economic factors such as inflation and the collapse in stable coin terraUSD.

 

 

While cryptocurrency continues to fluctuate, of course share price performance can be driven by stock specific issues in addition to macro factors. In the case of Coinsilium, in addition to a substantial amount of cash reserves held in crypto currency, the company is growing through its strong fundamentals and most recently a positive response to its recent seed investment in Yellow Network, the first broker clearing network for cryptocurrency exchanges, brokers and trading institutions. Yellow Network assists and develops mesh networks of crypto brokers and traders to execute ultra-high speed trading via decentralised exchanges. With such high volatility and huge transaction volumes in the crypto markets, Coinsilium’s Yellow Network investment could see it benefit from substantial, volume based commission revenues in the future.

What both Echo Energy and Coinsilium fundamentals demonstrate here, is that despite the market turmoil and highly uncertain outlook, they both depict the core principle of the markets – ‘higher the risk, higher the reward.

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