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PyroGenesis Announces Successful Delivery of First Order of Titanium and Inconel Powders Plus Receipt of Third Powder Order During Ramp-Up Phase $PYR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:55 AM on Monday, June 19th, 2017

  • Signed its third contract for a sample order of titanium powder (Ti-6Al-4V) from a large manufacturer of 3D printers
  • Successfully produced and delivered its first powder order
  • “The fact that we now have received three sample orders in less than 4 months cannot be considered outlying interest, and underscores, what we believe to be, the market’s confidence in our capabilities and the underlying demand for our product…”

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(June 19, 2017) – PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYR)(OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes advanced plasma processes and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today that not only has it signed its third contract for a sample order of titanium powder (Ti-6Al-4V) from a large manufacturer of 3D printers, the name and origin of which will not be disclosed for competitive reasons, but it has also, further to its press release dated April 25, 2017, successfully produced and delivered its first powder order. Of particular note is that this third order was also placed during the ramp-up phase of the Company’s powder production system (the “System”), during which time the Company had no expectations of any powder sales at all. All three orders were from different clients.

“As we previously announced, we did not expect this type of interest before ramp-up was complete, and we would have considered any sample orders (i.e. up to 500kg) made during ramp-up to be very significant as this would further validate our strategic decision to re-enter the market for powder production,” said P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “The fact that we now have received three sample orders in less than 4 months cannot be considered outlying interest, and underscores, what we believe to be, the market’s confidence in our capabilities and the underlying demand for our product. As we have said before, although these orders are sample orders, what is truly noteworthy is that they have been received during our ramp-up phase, and the fact that these clients have taken the time to sample our powders and allocate the funds to qualifying them internally, all before the ramp-up phase is complete, is extremely significant.”

“The level of interest in our capabilities has taken us all by surprise as we did not expect this much interest so early on in and, of course, we are happy with the results so far,” said Massimo Dattilo, Vice President of PyroGenesis Additive. “Of note in today’s announcement, is that the first order was not only for Ti-6Al-4V but also for Inconel powder. This is indeed a watershed mark for the Company as it underscores the flexibility in the system and our capabilities as a company; and it has all taken place well ahead of our most aggressive expectations.”

As previously announced, PyroGenesis is the inventor of Plasma Atomization. The Company’s System uses Plasma Atomization to make small, uniform, fully dense and spherical metal powders that flow like water, and which are highly sought after in the Additive Manufacturing (“AM”) Industry.

The Company first began producing powders using this technology for the biomedical industry between 2001-2004. In 2015, PyroGenesis invested approximately $2MM in improving both the production rate and particle size distribution, which led to a patent pending.

On March 30, 2017, the Company announced that it had completed the assembly of its first System and that the first powder run exceeded expectations. This System is the first of many PyroGenesis expects to make to address an increasing need for metal powders in the AM industry.1 The ramp-up of the System is expected to be completed over the next few months.

“Our team remains focused and dedicated to our commitments to deliver high quality powders to the Additive Manufacturing Industry, while continuing to innovate and improve our process which is arguably, already, the gold standard for the industry”, said Pierre Carabin, Chief Technology Officer of PyroGenesis. “We are on schedule and extremely happy with the continuous increase we are seeing in our process performance.”

Separately, PyroGenesis is also pleased to announce today that it is implementing an online marketing and awareness program through AGORACOM, wherein the Company will receive significant exposure through millions of content brand insertions on the AGORACOM network and extensive search engine and social media marketing. In addition, exclusive sponsorships of invaluable digital properties such as the AGORACOM home page, AGORACOM TV, and the AGORACOM Twitter account will serve to significantly raise awareness of PyroGenesis’ business among small cap investors. The PyroGenesis discussion forum can be found at https://agoracom.com/ir/PyroGenesisCanada/forums/discussion.

Additionally, AGORACOM has launched “CEO Verified” Discussion Forums, the first ever verification of small cap executive posts on a finance platform. For the first time ever, small cap CEOs and other company officials can use AGORACOM discussion forums as their main social media platform to post comments and interact with both shareholders and the broader investment community in a fully moderated and verified forum. Posts to AGORACOM are shareable on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. There are no log-in requirements for investors to read posts; those wishing to post questions, comments and interact with PyroGenesis officials can quickly log-in using their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts, or create a new user account.

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. PyroGenesis provides engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, additive manufacturing (3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Its core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Its operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc. accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

1 Wohlers Report 2016 (ISBN 978-0-9913332-2-6)

SOURCE PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

Rodayna Kafal
VP, Investor Relations and Communications
(514) 937-0002
ir@pyrogenesis.com or rkafal@pyrogenesis.com
www.pyrogenesis.com

PyroGenesis Announces Creation of “PyroGenesis Additive”: Division Dedicated to Additive Manufacturing and First Step to Spin-off; Provides General Up $PYR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

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  • Created a new division under the name of “PyroGenesis Additive“, dedicated solely to PyroGenesis’ additive manufacturing business line
  • First step to the Company’s previously announced strategic spin-off

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(June 14, 2017) – PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYR)(OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today that it has created a new division under the name of “PyroGenesis Additive“, dedicated solely to PyroGenesis‘ additive manufacturing business line. This is the first step to the Company’s previously announced strategic spin-off.

PyroGenesis is the inventor of Plasma Atomization, using this process to produce very small, uniform, fully dense and spherical metal powders that flow like water, and which are highly sought after in the additive manufacturing (“AM”) Industry.

The Company first began producing powders using Plasma Atomization for the biomedical industry between 2001-2004. In 2015, PyroGenesis invested approximately $2MM in improving both the production rate and particle size distribution, which led not only to a patent pending, but also to PyroGenesis’ decision to re-enter the market and produce powders for the AM Industry.

The following highlights and developments have been made to date:

  • On October 26, 2015, PyroGenesis announced that it was re-entering the market to produce metal powders, specifically for AM (3D printing);
  • On April 7, 2016, PyroGenesis announced its intention to spin-off its additive manufacturing capabilities into an independent public entity;
  • On April 27, 2016, PyroGenesis announced that its 3D metal particle size distribution greatly exceeded expectations;
  • On October 25, 2016, PyroGenesis announced that it had filed a patent for an improved metal powder production process and that the Company was on schedule for a 2017-Q1 assembly and first production run;
  • On January 23 and March 14, 2017, PyroGenesis provided updates and reaffirms that it is on schedule for 2017-Q1 assembly and first production run despite delays with suppliers;
  • On March 30, 2017, PyroGenesis announced that it had completed the assembly of its first powder production system, with its first powder run exceeding expectations. The Company also noted that the ramp-up, which was already underway, was expected to take place linearly over approximately four (4) months;
  • On April 25, 2017, PyroGenesis announced receipt of its first powder order from a multinational conglomerate, with the down payment already received, and market interest exceeding expectations; and
  • On June 7, 2017, PyroGenesis announced receipt of its second powder order.

The current production system is the first of many PyroGenesis expects to make to address an increasing need for metal powders in the AM Industry.1

Mr. P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis, provides an update on the developments within PyroGenesis’ AM business line in the following Q&A format:

Q. Very very busy year so far for PyroGenesis and now we see the creation of PyroGenesis Additive.

A. Most definitely. Over the top. Exceeds our wildest expectations on every front.

Q. So are we finally going to see some movement with respect to the spin-off announced in April 2016?

A. Most certainly. The creation of PyroGenesis Additive is definitely the first step in spinning off our AM capabilities, which we announced over a year ago, into a standalone entity. We are dedicated to a spin-off for a number of reasons, all of which speak to increasing shareholder value. A spin-off, should be less complicated to analyze and we feel it would appeal to a larger investor audience who, although interested in investing in the AM Industry, have little or no interest in either understanding, or investing in, our other business lines (i.e. waste destruction, DROSRITE™, PUREVAP™, amongst others), and a spin-off could help avoid this. Concurrently, we feel a spin-off would provide for a clearer, and better defined, entity, which third parties could consider for joint ventures, strategic alliances, or even an acquisition of PyroGenesis Additive.

Q. Why the delay in the spin-off?

A. Simply put: the world of AM has changed significantly since we first announced our intention to spin-off our additive manufacturing capabilities; and, may I add, all for the better for PyroGenesis’ shareholders.

Over a year ago, we announced our intention to start producing speciality powders for the AM Industry which garnered such interest that it became apparent that PyroGenesis’ shareholders might be best served by spinning off this business line.

As such, we announced our intention to spin off our AM capabilities, but while completing our analysis of the various options available, and just when we were about to make a decision, General Electric (“GE”) announced its acquisition of Arcam, in November 2016, for approximately US$700MM. Now this is noteworthy because Arcam’s subsidiary, AP&C, which was acquired by Arcam for Can$35MM in 2014(2), produced powders using PyroGenesis’ old proprietary technology under an agreement which precluded PyroGenesis from competing against AP&C until 2012. Of particular note, through Arcam, AP&C became the dominant supplier of speciality powders to the AM Industry. GE’s acquisition of Arcam, and by extension of AP&C, has effectively disrupted the supply chain of speciality powders in the AM Industry which has caused end users of such powders to re-examine their access to them, all while PyroGenesis is re-entering the market as a supplier of such powders.

It would not have been prudent for us to carry on with a spin-off merely because we announced such intentions a few months earlier, without fully analyzing the ramifications of the changing landscape.

Q. Where does the spin-off stand and what should investors expect?

A. We believe that the delays in the spin-off have essentially created more value for investors when PyroGenesis Additive is eventually spun off. We will have a working system, with dedicated employees contributing solely to the spin-off, thereby reducing risk and creating more value for PyroGenesis’ shareholders. Additionally, since GE’s acquisition of Arcam, there has been significant interest in PyroGenesis’ powder production capabilities and as such, we believe there is a high probability that we will have visibility on, if not signed, contracts for long term powder supply by the time we spin-off PyroGenesis Additive. At this point, we believe the interests of our shareholders are best served if the spin-off were concurrent with the signing of long term contracts.

Q. When could we expect the spin-off to occur?

A. Given the interest in our powders during the ramp-up phase, we are, barring any developments to the contrary, still committed to a spin-off in 2017.

Q. Speak to us about the ramp-up phase. How is it going? Where do you stand? Have there been any significant issues or developments to report?

A. We could not be happier.

We assembled and commissioned the system, and had our first powder run, as promised, by the end of 2017-Q1 despite significant delays from suppliers. Next, our goal was to ramp-up to full capacity over the ensuing four (4) months (i.e. April-July). Our stated goal was to become a leading supplier of high purity powders with an initial focus on producing commercially pure Titanium and Ti-6Al-4V powders, with additional powders/products being developed on a case by case basis. We did not expect any powder sales until ramp-up was complete however, to our surprise, on April 25, we announced having received a sample order from a multinational conglomerate. To top that off, last week we announced receipt of a second sample order, which together we believe speaks to both the confidence in our capabilities and the demand for our product in the marketplace.

These orders, although excellent news, have nonetheless put some pressure on a number of aspects relating to ramp-up; in particular, the orders we received were not only for titanium powders which we are used to producing, but as announced, also for Inconel which we had never processed before.

To make a long story short, ramp-up was put on hold in order to fulfill the order for Inconel, but the following was done successfully. In fact, the powder production rate was far greater than that for Titanium and the Inconel powder was of exceptional quality; proving, amongst other things, the flexibility of our Plasma Atomization System and how quickly we can “pivot”.

All that to say, given these orders, the ramp-up phase has been extended by approximately, 4-6 weeks.

Separately, but in parallel, PyroGenesis’ existing quality control system (ISO 9001:2008 certified) is being expanded to include the additional protocols required by the AM Industry.

Q. Could you please provide an update on the next significant milestone in powder production?

A. Most certainly. We are currently producing flowable powder batch after batch. What is even more noteworthy is the fact that, although our original ramp-up envisioned producing Ti64, we have also successfully produced Inconel powders and are currently in discussions to consider producing additional materials as well.

The next milestone is to move to a 2 shift/day, which we are currently hiring and training for. Given the natural lag that occurs during the summer, we are not expecting this to be completed before the end of August.

Q. Could you give us an indication in terms of production rate and quality of the powders at this stage of the ramp-up phase?

A. Again, we are very happy with the results so far. First and foremost, our production rate is significantly better than what we used to have. The powders already meet or exceed the ASTM specifications and we expect that by the end of the ramp-up phase our Ti64 powders will be of a significantly higher quality.

Additionally, we have adjusted the process to be Tungsten free, something it seems that various industries are interested in, and we are very happy with the results so far. We expect that by year-end, we will be able to guarantee a Tungsten free product.

Q. Any concerns?

A. Yes and no. We have definitely underestimated the interest in our production and it has become apparent that we need to expand our capacity faster than originally planned. We currently have plans to order the long lead items for 3 more systems in anticipation of having to address this need.

Separately, this early interest has caused us to think of adding in-house analytical capabilities and automated sieving processes earlier than planned. All this bodes well for the underlying business as both speak to quicker turnaround time and more reliable post production processing.

Q. In your April 25th press release you noted that you had “…signed a number of agreements with significant and potential players in the AM Industry, wherein the Company is in discussions regarding the possibility of concluding certain business relationships or transactions related to AM, most notably geared to the production of powders…”. Could you elaborate on this?

A. Yes, but in all fairness we did point out that although noteworthy, we cautioned concluding that anything of significance would happen quickly, or even at all. Discussions take time and we are still in the early phases, and that still rings true.

However, we note that we have had discussions with top level metal printer manufacturers, distributors, and end-users; some at our facilities and others at theirs. It is indeed encouraging to see that our product is having the resonance that we thought it would have in the marketplace. The minimum takeaway should be the interest we are garnering from very discerning entities in such a short time frame.

Q. So, in conclusion, you are confident?

A. Absolutely. The decision to re-enter into powder production was the right one. The changes and consolidation in the marketplace over the past year have only underscored this decision. We are the inventors of Plasma Atomization, a process that arguably has helped bring AM to where it is today, and so we can say with confidence, that we are back. We are back to producing, but more so, improving the process that has become the gold standard in the AM Industry.

Q. Your goal?

A. As previously announced, our goal is not only to become a significant producer of metal powders to the AM Industry, but to bring the technology to a new level and enable 3D printing to reach new heights by effectively making our old technology, the gold standard, obsolete. We are making great strides on both fronts, and we have only been up and running for less than 3 months.

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. PyroGenesis provides engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, additive manufacturing (3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Its core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Its operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc. accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

SOURCE PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

1 Wohlers Report 2016 (ISBN 978-0-9913332-2-6)

2http://advancedpowders.com/news/arcam-to-make-strategic-acquisition-of-metal-powder-manufacturer-to-secure-supply-of-strategic-raw-materials

Rodayna Kafal
VP, Investor Relations and Communications
(514) 937-0002
ir@pyrogenesis.com or rkafal@pyrogenesis.com

PyroGenesis Receives Second Order for 3D Printing Powders During Ramp-Up Phase; Interest in Powders Continues to Increase $PYR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:29 AM on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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  • Signed its second contract for an order of titanium powder (Ti-6Al-4V) from a US based end user
  • This is second order placed during the ramp-up phase of the Company’s powder production system and exceeds the original expectations for powder sales during this phase

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(June 7, 2017) – PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYR)(OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes advanced plasma processes and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today that it has signed its second contract for an order of titanium powder (Ti-6Al-4V) from a US based end user (the “Client”), the name and origin of which will not be disclosed for competitive reasons. Note, this is the second order placed during the ramp-up phase of the Company’s powder production system (the “System”), and exceeds the original expectations for powder sales during this phase.

PyroGenesis‘ System uses Plasma Atomization to make small, uniform, fully dense and spherical metal powders that flow like water, and which are highly sought after in the additive manufacturing industry.

PyroGenesis is the inventor of Plasma Atomization. The Company first began producing powders using this technology for the biomedical industry between 2001-2004. In 2015, PyroGenesis invested approximately $2MM in improving both the production rate and particle size distribution, which not only led to a patent pending, but also to PyroGenesis’ decision to re-enter the market and produce powders for the AM industry. The System is the first of many PyroGenesis expects to make to address an increasing need for metal powders in the AM industry.1

“As previously announced on March 30, 2017, we did not expect this type of interest before ramp-up was complete, and we would have considered any sample orders (i.e. up to 500kg) made before such time to be very significant as this would further validate our strategic decision to enter into powder production,” said P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “Although this order is a sample order what is truly noteworthy is it’s the second order we have received during ramp up. The fact that this Client has taken the time to sample our powders and allocate the funds to qualifying it internally, all before the ramp-up phase is complete is extremely significant. The two sample orders received to date exceed our initial expectations for powder sales. We believe that a third sample order received during the ramp up phase would underscore the interest in the marketplace for PyroGenesis‘ products and unique expertise.”

On March 30th, 2017, PyroGenesis announced that it had completed the assembly of its first powder production system, and that the first powder run exceeded expectations. The ramp-up that was already underway was expected to take place over the ensuing (4) months (April-July).

“We note that so far the operational performance and progress to date, during the ramp-up phase, far exceed our expectations,” said Pierre Carabin, Chief Technology Officer of PyroGenesis. “Our team remains focused and dedicated to our commitments to deliver high quality powders to the additive manufacturing industry, while continuing to innovate and improve our process which is arguably, already, the gold standard for the industry.”

“These continue to be very exciting times for PyroGenesis,” said Mr. Pascali. “This second order, and although noteworthy, we continue to be cautious from concluding that anything of significance will happen quickly. Discussions take time and we are still in the early phases. Suffice it to say at this point that there have been no disappointments and we continue to be happy with the progress and developments to date.”

The Company will be issuing an in depth update on the progress of its Powder Production business line within the next week where a review will take place on all aspects of that sector.

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. PyroGenesis provides engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, additive manufacturing (3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Its core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Its operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc. accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

SOURCE PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

1 Wohlers Report 2016 (ISBN 978-0-9913332-2-6)

Rodayna Kafal
VP, Investor Relations and Communications
(514) 937-0002
ir@pyrogenesis.com or rkafal@pyrogenesis.com

 

PyroGenesis Q1 2017 Results: Cash Flow Positive on EBITDA (Adj.) Basis; Revenues Increase 67%; Gross Margins Increase to 52%; Current Backlog $9.4MM $PYR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:41 PM on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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  • Revenues increased 67% to $1.7MM in Q1 2017 from $1.0 MM posted in Q1 2016;
  • Gross profit after amortization of intangible assets increased to 52% in Q1 2017, from – 5.5% over the same period in 2016. (Gross profit before amortization of intangible assets increased to 52% in Q1 2017 from 29% over the same period in 2016);
  • Most importantly, Q1 2017 was profitable on an EBITDA (adjusted) basis. Q1 2017 posted an EBITDA (adj.) of $22.6K versus a EBITA (adj.) loss of $649.5K;

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(May 30, 2017) – PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYR)(OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today its financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Q1 2017 results reflected the following highlights:

  • Revenues increased 67% to $1.7MM in Q1 2017 from $1.0 MM posted in Q1 2016;
  • Gross profit after amortization of intangible assets increased to 52% in Q1 2017, from – 5.5% over the same period in 2016. (Gross profit before amortization of intangible assets increased to 52% in Q1 2017 from 29% over the same period in 2016);
  • Most importantly, Q1 2017 was profitable on an EBITDA (adjusted) basis. Q1 2017 posted an EBITDA (adj.) of $22.6K versus a EBITA (adj.) loss of $649.5K;
  • Over $13.5MM in contracts were signed, and work begun on, since June 30, 2016 which, taken in context of historic revenues (2016: $5.2MM; 2015: $6.2MM; 2014: $5.8MM) is quite significant. Backlog of signed contracts as of the date of this writing is $9.4MM;
  • Cash on hand at March 31st 2017 was $1.3 MM (December 31st 2016: $385K).

At year end 2016, we described the preceding twelve months as being a pivotal year for PyroGenesis as the Company shifted its focus away from being a fabricator of plasma-based systems that produced unique titanium powders, in favour of becoming a producer of metal powders for the Additive Manufacturing Industry (the “Industry”). Given their unique properties (pure, small, spherical, and uniform; which make them flow like water), these powders are greatly sought after in the Industry, particularly 3D printing. Given this strategic shift, together with the backlog of signed contracts from our non-additive manufacturing business (“Core/Traditional Lines of Business”) of over $13MM since June 30, 2016, we projected that 2017 was shaping up to be a break out year for PyroGenesis, and Q1 2017 has not disappointed.

The Company will be issuing an in depth update on the progress of its Powder Production business line within the next two weeks where a review will take place on all aspects of that sector. Suffice it to say at this point that there have been no disappointments and we are very happy with the progress and developments to date.

What is key to note is that these results reflect revenues from what we call our Core/Traditional Lines of Business (ie no revenues from powder sales at all), however expenses reflect certain costs of building our first powder production system which came on stream in Q1 2017 and is, as previously announced, currently ramping up to full production.

We are more convinced than ever before that 2017 is the breakout year we have been positioning the Company for, for a number of reasons:

  • The healthy gross margins established in 2016 (before consideration of the 2016 write- offs), have improved, and are expected to continue to improve once powder production is in full swing;
  • Established backlog of signed contracts, the majority of which are expected to be completed in 2017;
  • Our Core/Traditional Lines of Business are poised to contribute significantly to the bottom line and be both profitable and significant in their own right.

The following is a non-exhaustive review of PyroGenesis‘ main commercial activities:

  1. Powder Production: The Company has met every milestone announced on the road to making metal powders for the Industry. It was recently announced that the assembly of the first powder production system was completed and that the first powder run exceeded expectations. The ramp up is under way and is expected to take place linearly over the ensuing months. As announced in recent press releases interest has far exceeded Managements’ expectations and an initial contract was signed for a sample amount of powder. Also recently announced was the fact that the Company has signed a number of agreements with significant and potential players in the Industry reflecting various discussions regarding the possibility of concluding certain business relationships or transactions geared to the production of powders. The current system is the first of many PyroGenesis expects to make to address an increasing need for metal powders in the Industry1.
  2. DROSRITE™: The DROSRITE™ Furnace System was proven out at a North American customer’s Mexican facility during the first half of 2016. Soon thereafter, a successful demonstration of the DROSRITE™ System in the Middle East took place, following which an unsolicited request to exclusively market the process in the region was received and is currently being discussed. Management’s belief that the supply and installation of the first commercial sale in North America would enable the Company to leverage this success to generate a continued flow of orders for additional DROSRITE™ systems is being borne out. This recent flurry of activity and interest for the DROSRITE™ system bodes well for 2017 where we now expect to have at least 3 orders placed. We continue to expect the first follow on contracts to be signed in the 2nd half of 2017. The market potential for PyroGenesis’ DROSRITE™ system, from Aluminium dross alone, exceeds $400MM.
  3. HPQ: On August 2, 2016 PyroGenesis announced that it had signed contracts totalling CDN $8,260,000 with HPQ Silicon Resources Inc., formally Uragold Bay Resources Inc. for the sale of IP and to provide a 200 metric tonne (MT) per year PUREVAP™ pilot system to produce silicon metal directly from quartz. This system will for the most part be constructed in 2017, with advancement of the contract accelerating in the second half of the year. According to percent completion accounting standards for revenue recognition the majority of these revenues will be recognized in the 2nd half of 2017. Of note, if successful, PyroGenesis benefits from a 10% royalty on all revenues derived from the use of this system by HPQ, subject to annual minimums.
  4. Chemical Warfare Destruction System: The Company recently announced that PyroGenesis has, in coordination with the US-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), successfully completed long-duration performance tests using the Company’s tactical Plasma Arc Chemical Warfare Agents Destruction System (“PACWADS”) using surrogate chemical warfare agent material. These tests supported the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Agnostic Compact Demilitarization of Chemical Agents (ACDC) program and far exceeded minimum requirements with over 99.9999% destruction efficiency. The PACWADS has, as of this writing, been delivered to the testing site and is currently going through final testing using real chemical warfare agents. These tests should be completed by the end of Q3 2017 (this timeline however is out of the Company’s control). Again this bodes well for 2017 as we would expect additional contracts resulting from a successful completion of the final testing. However, no indication has been given as to the size, if any, such procurement would entail.
  5. Other Contracts: There are other contracts being discussed (such as a third order for a PAWDS for a New US Aircraft Carrier which is expected to be ordered sometime towards the end of 2017/beginning of 2018 with an estimated value of approximately $6MM; SPARC system sales, amongst others) which give us confidence that 2017 will be the break out year.
1 Wohlers Report 2016 (ISBN 978-0-9913332-2-6)

Given the above, we expect a strong performance in the coming year, and based on existing contracts, the Company expects to be profitable in 2017 (excluding any contribution from powder sales) as noted above. Our projections for 2017 are only heightened by the reception we have received so far and how our entrance as a powder producer has been so well received by the Additive Manufacturing community.

Management remains focused on reducing PyroGenesis’ dependency on long-cycle projects by developing a strategic portfolio of volume driven, high margin/low risk products that resolve specific problems within niche markets, and doing so by introducing these plasma-based technologies to industries that have yet to consider such solutions.

Management is also actively targeting recurring revenue opportunities that will generate a growing, and profitable, regular cash flow to the Company.

PyroGenesis has one of the largest concentrations of plasma expertise in the world, with over 250 years of accumulated technical experience and 59 patents, combined with unique relationships with major Universities performing cutting edge plasma research and development, which positions the Company well to execute upon its various strategies.

Financial Summary

Revenues

The Company posted revenues of $1,696,138 in the first quarter of 2017 (“Q1, 2017”), representing an increase of 67% compared with $1,016,853 recorded in the first quarter of 2016 (“Q1, 2016”). Revenue recorded in Fiscal 2016 was generated primarily from (i) the sale of intellectual property and development of a vacuum arc reducing process to convert Silica into high purity Silicon metal, (ii) manufacture and further field testing of Tactical PACWADS, the first mobile plasma system for destruction of chemical warfare agents under contract with an international military consortium, (iii) the demonstration of the viability of PyroGenesis’ existing plasma chemical warfare agent destruction platform with locally available materials, for the complete eradication of chemical warfare agents without creating hazardous by-products, and (iv) support services related to PAWDS-Marine systems supplied to the US Navy.

Cost of Sales and Services and Gross Margins

Cost of sales and services before amortization of intangible assets was $820,864 in Q1, 2017, representing an increase of 13% compared with $723,256 in Q1, 2016. Total costs of sales and services, was $820,264 representing a decrease of 24% compared with $1,072,524 in Q1, 2016.

Various factors, including, but not limited to, the mix of long and short-term manufacturing projects, project complexity and scale, and project R&D content, may significantly impact both the composition and overall level of cost of sales and services reported in a given period, as the mix of labor, materials and subcontracts may be significantly different.

The costs incurred in Q1, 2017 are primarily attributable to the work completed under PyroGenesis’ project to develop a vacuum arc reducing process to convert Silica into high purity Silicon metal, work completed on the tactical mobile plasma system for destruction of chemical warfare agents under contract with an international military consortium, and support services related to PAWDS Marine systems supplied to the US Navy.

Investment tax credits recorded against cost of sales are primarily related to client funded projects that qualify for tax credits from the provincial government of Quebec. Qualifying tax credits increased to $132,246 in Q1, 2017, compared with $108,815 in Q1, 2016. This represents an increase of 22% quarter-over-quarter. The Company continues to make investments in research and development projects incorporating the involvement of strategic partners and government bodies.

In Q1, 2017, the gross margin before amortization of intangible assets was $875,874, which represents 51.6% of revenue. This compares with a gross margin before amortization of intangible assets of $293,597 (28.9% of revenue) for Q1, 2016.

The amortization of intangible assets of Nil in Q1, 2017 ($349,268 in Q1, 2016) relates to the licenses and know-how purchased in 2011 from a company under common control. This expense is a non-cash item and the underlying asset was fully amortized by December 31, 2016.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) for Q1, 2017 were $1,148,916, representing an increase of 10% compared with $1,048,915 reported for Q1, 2016. Excluding the costs associated with share-based compensation (a non-cash item in which options vest over a four year period), SG&A expenses increased by 3% in Q1, 2017 compared with Q1, 2016.

The increase in SG&A expenses is attributable to the net effect of (i) a decrease of 2% in employee compensation, (ii) an increase of 10% for professional fees, primarily due to increase in investor relations, (iii) a decrease of 1% in office and general expenses, due to a decrease in courses and seminars, (iv) travel costs increased by 6%, due to an increase in travel abroad, (v) depreciation on property and equipment decreased by 22%, (vi) government grants decreased by 100% due to lower level of activities supported by such grants, (vii) other expenses increased by 1%, primarily due to the reduced cost of freight and shipping, and (viii) an increase in share base payments of 12% primarily due to the vesting structure of the stock option plan and the stock options offered on September 25, 2016.

Total Comprehensive Loss

The comprehensive loss for Q1, 2017 was $298,610 compared to a loss of $1,248,661 in Q1, 2016, representing a decrease of 76% quarter-over-quarter.

The decrease of $950,051 in the comprehensive loss in Q1, 2017 is primarily attributable to: (i) an increase in product and service related revenue of $679,285, (ii) an increase in cost of sales and services totaling $97,009 as explained above, (iii) an increase in SG&A expenses of $100,002 as explained above, (iv) an increase in R&D expenses of $25,187 primarily due to the fact that many of the Company’s engineering and R&D resources were concentrated on activities within projects under construction for clients, with such costs being recorded within cost of sales, (v) an increase in net finance costs of $6,647 due to an increase in accretion costs on convertible debentures, (vi) an increase in finance income of $150,343 due to the adjustment of the fair market value of other investments.

EBITDA

The EBITDA loss in Q1, 2017 was $115,565 compared with an EBITDA loss of $715,937 for Q1, 2016, representing a decrease of 84%.

Adjusted EBITDA gain in Q1, 2017 was $22,586 compared with an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $649,506 for Q1, 2016. The increase of $672,092 in the Adjusted EBITDA in Q1, 2017 is mainly attributable to the decreased comprehensive loss of $950,051, a decrease in depreciation on property and equipment of $7,058, a decrease of $349,268 in amortization of intangible assets, offset by an increase in finance charges of 6,647 and an increase in share-based payments of $71,720.

Liquidity

As at March 31, 2017, the Company had cash on hand of $1,278,447 and negative working capital of $6,004,376 compared with a cash balance of $385,257 and negative working capital of $2,079,353 as at December 31, 2016.

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. PyroGenesis provides engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, additive manufacturing (3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Its core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Its operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward- looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward- looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc. accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

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PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
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President and CEO
(514) 937-0002
ppascali@pyrogenesis.com

PyroGenesis Provides 2nd Progress Report to HPQ Silicon Resources; 62% Increase in Impurity Removal; 531% Yield Increase $PYR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:48 AM on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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  • Submitted  “Update on the PUREVAP™ progress report to HPQ Silicon Resources Inc.
  • 62% Increase in Impurity Removal
  • 531% Yield Increase

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(May 16, 2017) – PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYR)(OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today that, further to its press release dated January 26, 2017, it has submitted a progress report to HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. (“HPQ”) entitled “Update on the PUREVAP™ Process Characterization Testing #2“, which covers the period since the last technical report. The salient points of the report are significant in that they validate the systematic and methodical approach to the lab scale test purification work, and the scaling up of the process to convert quartz into high purity silicon metal.

The report confirms that recent, and ongoing, modifications to the PUREVAP™ process have resulted in: (i) a 62% improvement in the impurity removal capacity of the system using low purity quartz as feedstock and (ii) a 531% increase in yield of the silicon (Si) produced.

“We are pleased with the progress to date,” said Pierre Carabin, Chief Technology Officer of PyroGenesis. “We have now reached a stage where we can start testing using high purity feedstock which will allow us to validate the impurity removal capacity of the lab scale reactor and ultimately, to further improve the product purity.”

Having successfully secured access to high purity quartz (99.5% SiO2), the next phase will apply high efficiency impurity removal techniques to this higher purity feedstock. The objective of using a higher purity feedstock is to test the ability to reach the 5N (99.999%) benchmark at lab scale, and furthermore, to provide additional data which will help PyroGenesis with the final design of the pilot plant reactor. These tests will commence as soon as the latest process improvements are completed.

“These results demonstrate that the PUREVAP™ QRR quartz purification process can continue to be successfully improved while using low purity feedstock at the bench scale. This represents yet more important technical milestones being reached in our path toward production of Solar Grade Silicon Metal. At this stage of our development, we continue to pass critical milestones consistently and must continue our ‘iterative’ approach of incrementally increasing size, and purity step by step”, said Bernard Tourillon, Chairman and CEO of HPQ. “Building on our scaling up success to date, the coming months should allow us to continue to make improvements to our scaling up program, while simultaneously testing for the best and greenest pathway to produce 5N (99.999% Si) Solar Grade Silicon Metal at lab scale, prior to start-up of the Pilot plant scheduled for 2018.”

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. PyroGenesis provides engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, additive manufacturing (3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Its core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Its operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc. accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

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PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
Rodayna Kafal
VP, Investor Relations and Communications
(514) 937-0002
ir@pyrogenesis.com
rkafal@pyrogenesis.com

PyroGenesis Announces Contract for Second Phase Lab Scale Testing Program Totalling CAN$170,000 with HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. $PYR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:19 AM on Thursday, May 4th, 2017

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  • Signed a contract for CAN$170,000 with HPQ Silicon Resources Inc
  • PyroGenesis will provide a second phase of Process Characterization Testing using a newly upgraded version of the lab scale PUREVAP™ Quartz Reduction Reactor
  • Purpose of Testing to build upon the bench scale success made to date and to push the design of the lab scale Reactor to a point that will allow it to operate in a semi-batch mode to produce silicon (Si) samples

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(May 4, 2017) – PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYR)(OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today that it has signed a contract for CAN$170,000 with HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. (“HPQ”), wherein PyroGenesis will provide a second phase of Process Characterization Testing (the “Testing”), using a newly upgraded version of the lab scale PUREVAP™ Quartz Reduction Reactor (the “Reactor”).

The purpose of the Testing is to build upon the bench scale success made to date and to push the design of the lab scale Reactor to a point that will allow it to operate in a semi-batch mode to produce silicon (Si) samples. The Testing will use higher purity feedstock (99.5% SiO2.) with a goal of producing at least 5N (99.999% Si) Solar Grade Silicon Metal at lab scale.

This Testing program will take place over the next several months, and will be in conjunction with the delivery of the pilot plant Reactor scheduled for October 2017. The objectives of these metallurgical tests will be, amongst others, to: (i) generate and collect data that can be used for the scale-up of the lab scale Reactor and ultimately, for the commercial scale-up of the PUREVAP™ process; and (ii) to continue testing different purification alternatives.

PyroGenesis will provide HPQ with samples for third party independent purity validation as well as a milestones report and final report summarizing the results and analysis.

“We are eager to start this additional testing phase,” said Pierre Carabin, Chief Technology Officer of PyroGenesis. “This new testing will allow us to validate the design of pilot plant Reactor and to further improve the product purity.”

“The further we proceed in this project, the more confident we are that we have found a plasma-based application that can be applied to quartz in a commercial setting,” said P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “We are very pleased with the results to date. That is not to say we have succeeded, will succeed, or that there won’t be challenges ahead. To the contrary, we fully expect there will be challenges as in any project; however we are certain that we will meet those challenges as we have with other projects, and find the best possible solution, if any. Once again, we are extremely pleased with the success of the project to date and the results that we have achieved.”

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. PyroGenesis provides engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, additive manufacturing (3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Its core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Its operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc. accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
Rodayna Kafal
VP, Investor Relations and Communications
(514) 937-0002
ir@pyrogenesis.com or rkafal@pyrogenesis.com

BREAKING – PyroGenesis Announces First Order for 3D Printing Powders from a Multinational Conglomerate; Down Payment Received $PYR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:03 AM on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

  • First Order for 3D Printing Powders from a Multinational Conglomerate; Down Payment Received

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(April 25, 2017) – PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYR)(OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today that, further to its press release dated March 30, 2017, it has signed its first contract, and received the down payment, for an order of titanium powder (Ti-6Al-4V) and Inconel from a multinational conglomerate (the “Client”), the name and origin of which will not be disclosed for competitive reasons. Note, this order was placed during the ramp-up phase of the Company’s powder production system (the “System”).

“As previously announced on March 30, 2017, we did not expect this type of interest before ramp-up was complete, and we would have considered any sample orders (i.e. up to 500kg) made before such time to be very significant as this further validates our strategic decision to enter into powder production,” said P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “This order is a sample order and is most significant in terms of timing and who the Client is, rather than the dollar value itself. The fact that a multinational conglomerate has taken the time to sample our powders before the ramp-up phase is complete is extremely noteworthy. We believe that the contract announced today is just one of many to come. We are very pleased with these developments which we believe underscore the interest in the marketplace for PyroGenesis’ products and unique expertise.”

PyroGenesis’ System uses Plasma Atomization to make small, uniform, fully dense and spherical metal powders that flow like water, and which are highly sought after in the Additive Manufacturing (“AM”) industry.

PyroGenesis is the inventor of Plasma Atomization. The Company first began producing powders using this technology for the biomedical industry between 2001-2004. In 2015, PyroGenesis invested approximately $2MM in improving both the production rate and particle size distribution, which not only led to a patent pending, but also to PyroGenesis’ decision to re-enter the market and produce powders for the AM industry. The System is the first of many PyroGenesis expects to make to address an increasing need for metal powders in the AM industry.1

Additionally, PyroGenesis announces today that it has signed a number of agreements with significant and potential players in the AM industry, wherein the Company is in discussions regarding the possibility of concluding certain business relationships or transactions related to AM, most notably geared to the production of powders.

“These are very exciting times for PyroGenesis,” said Mr. Pascali. “These events seem to further validate our decision to enter the additive manufacturing industry, and although noteworthy, we caution concluding that anything of significance will happen quickly. Discussions take time and we are still in the early phases.”

“The ramp-up phase will continue through the remainder of the second quarter of 2017, of which we note that the operational performance and progress to date far exceed our expectations,” said Pierre Carabin, Chief Technology Officer of PyroGenesis. “Our team remains focused and dedicated to our commitments to deliver high quality powders to the additive manufacturing industry, while continuing to innovate and improve our process which is arguably, already, the gold standard for the industry.”

Finally, as previously announced, the metal powders produced during the ramp-up phase are available for sale. The initial focus is on producing commercially pure Titanium (CP Ti) and Ti-6Al-4V powders; however PyroGenesis is receiving interest for other metal powders as well which it is also attending to.

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. PyroGenesis provides engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, additive manufacturing (3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Its core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Its operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc. accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.