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Monarques $MQR.ca Croinor #Gold Property, A Gold Project Currently At The Prefeasibility Stage

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:52 PM on Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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Why Monarques Gold?

  • Flagship Croinor Gold Mine Has Great Potential To Become A Producer
  • Company Is Well Financed, Including $9 Million In Credits From Quebec Government
  • Recently acquired 750 ton-per-day Beacon mill
  • Major Shareholders include: Rob McEwen and Nemaska Lithium

Nielsen count: Measuring value of #Esports tournaments $GMBL.us

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:04 AM on Thursday, August 17th, 2017
  • Nielsen has launched a competitive gaming branch that will measure the value of esports tournaments, events and streams
  • Also release global fan insights throughout the year, with a new research offering spanning the United State, England, Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, and China in 2017

Nielsen developed Esport24, a syndicated sponsorship tracking service for esports tournaments. The service measures brand exposure in esports tournaments representing a variety of titles, event formats and geographic locations based on the same methodology that allows traditional sports rights holders and brands to quantify value and benchmark performance.

Nielsen has created an esports advisory board of industry stakeholders who will provide insight to help shape the future of esports audience measurement and valuation. ESL, ESPN, Facebook, FIFA, Major League Gaming/Activision Blizzard, NBA 2K League, The Next Level, Sony PlayStation, Turner, Twitch, Twitter, Unilever, and Google YouTube are all part of the board.

“The global, digital and young nature of esports fan base audience represents advertising’s most highly sought after segment, yet consistent and high quality data has been a challenge to measure and define,” said Craig Levine, CEO of North America, ESL. “As ESL has been pioneering esports for the past 15 years, we have witnessed the incredible growth and enthusiasm of our audience.

“We’re excited to partner with Nielsen and other industry leaders to guide the framework to measure esports sponsorships, shape the industry, and help further accelerate the esports industry overall.”

Nielsen is one of top market research firms that measure the TV and media business.

Stephen Master and Nicole Pike will-lead the global Nielsen Esports business.

Source: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/nielsen-count-measuring-value-of-esports-tournaments/wcm/7ab5e381-753b-447e-946f-c12fbb83b3b6

College #Esports Teams Aim To Get Varsity Sport Status $GMBL.us

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
  • New leagues. Tespa’s events now include competitions in Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, World of Warcraft and Rocket League.
  • Open membership. Previously, students had to compete in a Tespa league or go to a university with a Tespa chapter. This year, students at any North American university may compete, a move Tespa hopes will spur chapter creation.
  • Six broadcasts a week, and on- and off-seasons for each game (Overwatch in the fall, for example, and Hearthstone or Heroes in the spring.)

I write about PC gaming, virtual reality games and Blizzard eSports.Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

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Fans cheer on University of California, Irvine, at the 2017 Heroes of the Dorm competition.

Two announcements today will help esports take one more step toward traditional competitive sports status at universities around the country.

Tespa, organizers of the “Heroes of the Dorm” competitions broadcast on ESPN networks, announced a slew of new changes for its events designed to direct more scholarship money towards student gamers and encourage participation from more university campuses. Among the announcements:

  • New leagues. Tespa’s events now include competitions in Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, World of Warcraft and Rocket League.
  • Open membership. Previously, students had to compete in a Tespa league or go to a university with a Tespa chapter. This year, students at any North American university may compete, a move Tespa hopes will spur chapter creation.
  • Six broadcasts a week, and on- and off-seasons for each game (Overwatch in the fall, for example, and Hearthstone or Heroes in the spring.)
  • More money. Tespa tournaments will hand out more than $800,000 in scholarships and $200,000 in other prizes. Heroes of the Dorm winners already received full scholarships for the remainder of their college careers.
  • In-game rewards. Tespa competitors in Blizzard Entertainment titles–all the games on the list but Rocket League–will earn in-game goodies such as Hearthstone card packs or Heroes of the Storm loot chests by progressing in standing with Tespa.

In a simultaneous statement, Georgia State University announced that it will join two collegiate gaming leagues, the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE, which has 33 programs) and the new Georgia Esports League (GEL), which launches next month. GSU will become the latest university to award scholarships, practice facilities and other varsity-team perks to its gamers, joining such campuses as University of California, Irvine; Western Kentucky University and the University of Utah.

 

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Adam Rosen

“One of the things we’re focused on is to help grow collegiate teams in the esports space,” said Adam Rosen. He and twin brother Tyler founded Tespa when they were students at  the University of Texas at Austin. “We want competing for universities to be an aspirational thing. A lot of times universities are a little bit scared of it. It’s a risky endeavor. We’re attempting to provide assurances that our leagues will be around for multiple years, and formats will be consistent. We strongly feel it’s going to be the best year ever for esports.”

Tespa’s first year in 2010 consisted of an informal group of approximately 30 gamers from UT who showed up to compete in StarCraft II. Today it encompasses more than 65,000 members, with 220 chapters at more than 1200 universities.

“If we were to look at Tespa’s size now and compare it to a Greek organization, we’d be in the top 10 in the world for number of chapters,” Tyler Rosen said. “When Adam and I founded Tespa, we had this dream of elevating gaming to the same levels as traditional sports on campus. Last year, we had more tournaments than ever before.”

Georgia State University statements say the university sees esports as a way for its students to not only compete, but build skills and provide opportunities to learn concepts in broadcasting, production, coaching, student management, game development and marketing.

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The University of Texas at Arlington won Heroes of the Dorm 2017.

“The skills developed by eSports-interested students are the very skills most needed for success in the 21st century economy, including collaborative soft skills and computer coding,” said David Cheshier, director of the Georgia State Creative Media Industries Institute, in a written statement. “We see this initiative as building essential links to emerging creative careers in animation, 3D and immersive world creation, and other media industries.”

More than 90 million viewers watched esports finals in 2016, the university said.

“Esports are both the most rapidly growing field of sports and also one of the best ways to get students interested in technology,” said Andrew Greenberg, president of the Georgia Game Developers Association. GGDA sponsors the new Georgia league.

“Georgia State has become one of the first schools to recognize the link between eSports and academic achievement. We are delighted both with its role as one of the Georgia Esports League’s inaugural members and the opportunities it is providing its students.”

 Blizzard

Tyler Rosen

Tyler Rosen said when the company first got started–even when its Heroes of the Dorm tournament was first broadcast on ESPN–colleges were hesitant.

“At first, a lot of the universities ignored their teams,” he said. “But what we saw hosting that tournament year over year was that universities were supporting their teams: celebrating on social media, giving them facilities they needed. Arizona State University [winners the 2016 Heroes of the Dorm competition] brought them back to campus, paraded them at a baseball game, and gave them full housing scholarships. That’s a really great trend that we’ve seen growing.”

Registration for upcoming Tespa tournaments begins today.

 

I’ve covered gaming for more than two decades, and I cover PC games, VR games and Blizzard eSports for Forbes. Sign up for email alerts when my stories run. Follow me @gbitses.

 

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/hnewman/2017/08/16/college-esports-teams-aim-to-get-gaming-varsity-sport-status/#3a5ce9c51191

 

Did you know Namaste $N.ca owns 26 e-commerce #Vaporizer stores in 20 countries #Vapes #Vaping

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:48 AM on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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  • World’s Largest E-Commerce B2C Vaporizer Company
  • Monthly Sales of C$1.19M for July 2017
  • Aggressively expanding into manufacturing and wholesalingDistribution centers in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific
  • Owns 26 e-commerce stores in 20 countries
  • Revenue for AUG 31 2018 expected $24.9 million

INTERVIEW: Opawica $OPW.ca Discusses Bazooka Drill Program on Strike to Yorbeau-Kinross Rouyn Property #Gold #Mining

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:07 AM on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

HPQ to Start Expanded Geophysics Program on Beauce to Delineate the Boundaries of its Newly Discovered Major Fault Line #Gold $HPQ.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:06 AM on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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  • Beauce Gold Fields Inc will immediately start a geophysics program in order to further delineate the boundaries of the company’s recently discovered major fault that rises beneath the historical placer gold deposit

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Aug. 15, 2017) – HPQ Silicon Resources Inc (“HPQ”) (TSX VENTURE:HPQ)(FRANKFURT:UGE)(OTC PINK:URAGF) is pleased to announce that its 100% own subsidiary, Beauce Gold Fields Inc (“BGF”), will immediately start a geophysics program in order to further delineate the boundaries of the company’s recently discovered major fault that rises beneath the historical placer gold deposit, (HPQ Press release May 11, 2017) on BGF 100% owned Beauce Gold Fields property located in the municipality of St-Simon-Les-Mines in the Beauce region of Quebec.

The work program will consists of two lines audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) surveys, 2 lines of Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) surveys and multiple gravimetric surveys, and will be done under the supervision of Professor Marc Richer-LaFlèche, Ph.D. Geo of the INRS.

Patrick Levasseur, President and COO of HPQ Silicon stated, “This is an important follow-up to the discovery of the major fault line as this will narrow our search of the hard rock source of the St-Simon-Les-Mines gold placers, and since the equipment and the INRS technical team was already mobilized in the area, we just could not pass on this opportunity and wait until next year to have this important work done.” Mr. Levasseur also stated, “Also exciting is the addition of ERT surveys over an unexplored area of the old gold mines along the Giroux creek were some of the largest nuggets were found in the past.”

Audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) surveys of high vertical penetration will be conducted parallel to the east along Rang 6 road and along Rang Chaussegros road to the west of the previous survey that was carried out along a 5.6 km section along the St-Gustave road. This path crosses perpendicularly the stratigraphy of the Beauceville Formation and its main regional structures. Results will be used to to locate the direction of the major fault identified from the survey conducted on the St-Gustave Road. The survey will also be used to document the presence of conductors that may be associated with massive polymetallic sulphides deposits as suggested in the last survey.

Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) surveys will be made on both sides of the Giroux Creek extending past its confluence at the Gilbert river to end on lot #, on realestate owned by the Company. (southwestern part of the map in Figure 1). This area was mined in the nineteenth and early twentieth century (shafts and tunnels) and two of the largest gold nuggets discovered in the Beauce come from this sector. Geophysical imagery should allow visualization of the geometry of the quaternary units and detect electrically polarizable zones located in the bedrock (sulphide zones).

Gravimetric survey: Given the presence of volcaniclastic rocks and graphitic shales (electrically conductive), gravimetry is the best method for detecting the presence of massive sulphides of the Champagne type (VMS, Sedex) in the St-Simon- the mines.

Mr. Benoit Violette, P. Geo is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 that supervised the preparation of the information in this news release.

Beauce Gold Fields Spinout to be done by Plan of Arrangement

The Company is proceeding with the spinout of its Beauce Gold Fields Inc subsidiary via a listing on the TSX-Venture exchange by way of a court-approved statutory Plan of Arrangement. Legal counsel is finalizing the Plan that will be submitted to the court, once the plan has been pre-approved by the TSX-V.

This step is required in order to obtain an interim order from the court of the Plan, so that thereafter the Plan of Arrangement can be subject to the approval of the company’s shareholders at a special shareholder meeting to be called for the purpose of seeking such approval.

After having received approval of the Plan the Company will petition the court for a definitive approval of the spinout. Only upon reception of the definitive approval by the court can the Board of HPQ elect a date of record, after consultation with the TSX-V.

Further details and updates will be provided to shareholders and other stakeholders via news releases only.

Other Corporate subjects

Shares For Services Program: In accordance with the agreement between HPQ-Silicon and AGORACOM (see Uragold press release July 18, 2014), extended by both Parties from July 15, 2016 to July 15, 2017 under the same terms and conditions (see HPQ press release September 16, 2016), is extended by both Parties for an additional year, from July 15, 2017 to July 15, 2018 under the same terms and conditions.

In accordance with the shares for services agreement between HPQ and AGORACOM on August 10, 2017, HPQ Board approved the issuance of 78,470 common shares at a deemed price of $0.18 per share to pay $14,125 for services rendered during the period from January 16, 2017, ending April 15, 2017. Furthermore, today, HPQ Board has approved the issuance of 113,000 common shares at a deemed price of $0.125 per share to pay $14,125 for services rendered during the period from April 16, 2017, ending July 15, 2017.

About Beauce Gold Fields

Beauce Gold Fields Inc (BGF) is a wholly owned subsidiary of HPQ Silicon. HPQ is in the process of “Spinning Out” Beauce Gold Fields into a new publicly trading junior gold company.

The Beauce Gold Fields project is a unique, historically prolific gold property located in the municipality of Saint-Simon-les-Mines in the Beauce region of Southern Quebec. Comprising of a block of 152 claims 100% owned by HPQ, the project area hosts a six kilometer long unconsolidated gold-bearing sedimentary unit (a lower saprolite and an upper brown diamictite).

The gold in saprolite indicates a close proximity to a bedrock source of gold, providing possible further exploration discoveries. The property was also hosts numerous historical gold mines that were active from 1860s to the 1960s.

A Beauce Gold Fields presentation is available. It can be downloaded via link below
http://www.hpqsilicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/BGF-Presentation-V-Jul-2017.pdf

About HPQ Silicon

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc is a TSX-V listed junior exploration company planning to become a vertically integrated and diversified High Value Silicon Metal (99.9+% Si), and Solar Grade Silicon Metal (99.999+% Si) producer.

Our business model is focused on developing a disruptive High Purity and Solar Grade Silicon Metal manufacturing process (patent pending) and becoming a vertically – integrated High Value Silicon Metal and Solar Grade Silicon producer that can generate high yield returns and significant free cash flow within a relatively short time line.

Disclaimers:

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 on-going filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.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 nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1100909_HPQSt-Simon-les-Mines_Geophysics.jpg

Patrick Levasseur
President and COO
(514) 262-9239

Bernard J. Tourillon
Chairman and CEO
(514) 907-1011
www.HPQSilicon.com

How Esports Will Win The Future And So Will Activision $GMBL.us

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:49 AM on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
  • When an investing firm which boasts about how few investments it makes, says it’s excited about a company, then it’s time to listen
  • Rossbach says eSports are the future and will likely leave the pro-sports in the dust, at least for investors

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When an investing firm which boasts about how few investments it makes, says it’s excited about a company, then it’s time to listen.

The operation in question is London-based J. Stern & Co., which describes itself as a private investment office — somewhere between a family office and an investment manager.

“We are very long term investors and since inception of the core portfolio in October 2012, we have traded only two or three companies a year,” says Chris Rossbach, chief investment officer at J. Stern.

He and his team have recently been turned on by a new trend that could reap big rewards. Specifically, Rossbach says eSports are the future and will likely leave the pro-sports in the dust, at least for investors. The stock in question is Activision Blizzard.

Visitors play the video game ‘Overwatch.’ Credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

If you don’t already know, eSports are competitive video game sports that people not only like to play but also like to watch when others play.

“The management and CEO of ActivisionBlizzard almost created the industry,” says Rossbach.

If watching others play video games sounds strange to you, don’t worry, there are plenty for whom this is normal. How many? A July-dated report from J. Stern sums it up:

“Newzoo, an expert in video games data, predicts that the global eSports audience will increase to a staggering 385 million people in 2017 and estimates that revenues from eSports will grow from $130 million in 2012 to $696 million this year.”

More than that, the “audience is highly engaged,” says Rossbach.

So eSports has a fast growing audience that is really ‘in’ to gaming as an activity to participate in or as a spectator. The same could be said about other pro sports. Yes, and that is also where the comparison is instructive.

PyroGenesis Additive Announces the Development of New Plasma-Based Process to Produce Metal Powders; Production of MIM Cut in Quantity; Ramp-Up Update $PYR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:47 AM on Monday, August 14th, 2017

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  • Developed a new plasma-based process to produce metal powders which, not only enables MIM cut powder production at higher volumes, but may have a greater impact on the market than the Company’s original Plasma Atomization technology
  • Furthermore, the Company announces that the previously announced ramp-up phase for its first powder production system remains on schedule

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Aug. 14, 2017) – PyroGenesis Additive, a division of 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 developed a new plasma-based process to produce metal powders which, not only enables MIM cut powder production at higher volumes, but may have a greater impact on the market than the Company’s original Plasma Atomization technology. Furthermore, the Company announces that the previously announced ramp-up phase for its first powder production system remains on schedule.

The Company provides the following highlights and developments to date:

  • On October 26, 2015, PyroGenesis announced that it was re-entering the market to produce metal powders, specifically for Additive Manufacturing (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 Printing 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 powder production system assembly and first production run;
  • On January 23, 2017 and March 14, 2017, PyroGenesis provided updates on 3D Printing 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, and 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;
  • On June 7, 2017, PyroGenesis announced receipt of its second powder order;
  • On June 14, 2017, PyroGenesis announced creation of PyroGenesis Additive; and
  • On June 19, 2017, PyroGenesis announced receipt of its third powder order and successful delivery of its first order which included both Titanium and Inconel powders;

Mr. P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis, provides an overview of today’s announcement in the following Q&A format:

Q. What exactly is a “MIM cut”? 

A. MIM technically is short for “Metal Injection Molding”. The MIM cut refers to a particularly small metal powder size typically used in metal injection molding, and is now becoming of interest to certain 3D metal printer manufacturers. The metal powder sizes we deal with are measured in microns, with the MIM cut typically being between 5-20 microns, and sometimes as high as 25 microns.

Q. Is PyroGenesis not the inventor of the Plasma Atomization technology? A technology that makes small, metal powders for 3D metal printers, and which in fact, has become the gold standard for the production of titanium powders for the industry?

A. Yes, that is correct. We are the inventors of the Plasma Atomization technology. A technology we use 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. We first began producing powders using our Plasma Atomization 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 not only to a patent pending, but also to PyroGenesis’ decision to re-enter the market and produce powders for the AM Industry. 

Q. Could you describe the MIM cut in relation to 3D printers and the Plasma Atomization technology’s capabilities?

A. This is a very broad subject but I will try to give a brief overview recognizing the limitations of this forum.

Basically, there are now three (3) broad types of 3D printers using metal powders.

The first (1st) type is electron bean melting (EBM), used, for example, by Arcam printers, now part of GE Additive. EBM manufactures parts by melting metal powder layer by layer with an electron beam in a high vacuum. EBM technology uses the larger/coarsest fraction produced by our Plasma Atomization technology; typically, in the 45-106-micron range.

The second (2nd) type is Laser sintering, used, for example, in EOS, SLM, and Concept Laser printers. These printers use the small to middle fraction produced by our Plasma Atomization technology; typically, in the 15-45-micron range. Most metal printers use this small/middle fraction.

The third (3rd) type is an inkjet type technology, used, for example, by Desktop Metals, and whereby the powders are coated with a binder to “glue” the powders together. These printers require ultra-fine powder, smaller than the powder required for Laser sintering machines, and a size cut that, until recently, PyroGenesis was not focusing on. There are some printers that use inkjet type technology but only need coarser powders, but we are not reviewing these printers here.

Q. Ok, so PyroGenesis’ Plasma Atomization technology is good at addressing the powder needs of the first two (2) types of metal printers, i.e. EBM and Laser sintering, which combined use a powder size of between 15-106 microns; however, what about the third (3rd) type, the inkjet type technology, that uses the ultra fine, or MIM cut requiring a powder size of between 5-25 microns? What is PyroGenesis doing to address this new market?

A. That is a very good question and one that investors have been asking us as of late, and is, in fact, the essence of our announcement today.

PyroGenesis’ Plasma Atomization technology already produces powders for EBM and Laser Sintering in optimal quality and quantities. To the best of our knowledge, only plasma technology can produce the high-quality powders required for these printers.

Ironically, until the interest by 3D inkjet type metal printers in smaller powder sizes, the MIM cut was considered an undesirable by-product of the Plasma Atomization technology, with most of the economic value residing in the other two cuts encompassing the 15-106 powder size distribution.

In fact, several months ago, the Company was approached by a number of companies who were interested in MIM cut titanium powder and whereby it became apparent to us that the appetite for this ultra-fine powder was significant. As a result, we decided to pause our ramp-up phase to make adjustments to our Plasma Atomization technology in order to try and shift the particle size distribution towards this low end of the spectrum, and produce powders in the range required for such “inkjet” type 3D printing machines.

Q. …and were you successful?

A. Beyond our expectations. We were able to develop this new plasma-based process being announced today which in essence has given us significant control over the powder sizes produced, at significantly higher production rates, at less cost. We can now make MIM cut powders in very large quantities with little to no waste; thereby growing with, and enabling, those requiring ultra-fine powder, and meeting their strategic growth needs.

We believe this breakthrough is, if not more significant, then at least as significant as our original Plasma Atomization technology, and is just the beginning of what we can do with this new plasma-based technology. 

Q. What exactly do you mean by this?

A. It seems that we have not reached the limit of this new plasma-based process. By that I mean that once we achieved our goals (i.e. MIM cut, increased production rates), we backed off in favour of continuing with the ramp-up phase. Given our plasma expertise and our familiarity with the technology, we believe we have not even scraped the surface of what this new process can do with respect to production rates and powder quality.

Q. The bottom line is: have you produced MIM cut or is this all theory and conjecture? Plus, can you give us some indication of what production rates and powder quality you are talking about?

A. We most definitely have recently produced MIM cut titanium powder Grade 5. Grade 5 is the grade currently being requested by the third (3rd) type of inkjet printers mentioned above. Of interest is that not only can we make Grade 5 but it seems, though not yet confirmed, that we can also potentially make Grade 23 in the MIM cut. Grade 23 is the highest-grade titanium powder and, to the best of our knowledge, we know of no other powder producer that can make MIM cut titanium Grade 23, let alone in commercial quantities.

With respect to production rates, we consider that to be confidential information, however, suffice it to say that, we have not read anywhere, (i.e. web sites, articles, recent or otherwise) of any other plasma powder producer whose production rates or powder quality exceeds our capabilities. To the best of our knowledge, there is no single plasma-based powder producer that can produce powder in sufficient quality and quantity to serve the whole market, including the ultra-fine powders (or MIM cut) used by inkjet type printers.

Q. How has all this affected the ramp-up schedule, and if any, what challenges?

A. Interestingly enough, we made all these discoveries/improvements while staying true to the ramp-up schedule, that is to say, ramp-up is still scheduled for completion between the end of this coming September and beginning of October. In fact, we are actually slightly ahead of schedule right now, with production rates continuing to exceed our expectations.

The main challenge right now is how to incorporate the current advances announced today within our current platform, while still maintaining our ramp-up commitment and schedule. The beauty of these discoveries/improvements is that they can be incorporated into our existing platform with little to no increase in capital cost; in fact, ultimately, we expect a decrease in both capital and operating costs as a result. Our current strategy is to maintain the ramp-up schedule while integrating these improvements, as time permits, however, at this stage, it is too early for us to determine whether all these improvements will be fully incorporated by the end of the ramp-up phase.

Apart from that, we are experiencing the regular challenges that come with a ramp-up phase, but nothing that hasn’t been solved or isn’t manageable. All in all, we are more than happy with the progress to date.

Q. One last question. How can you make all these improvements, test different metals, and still be on track for ramp-up?

A. That’s a very good question and one that’s difficult to answer as it’s very difficult to convey in writing the buzz that has engulfed PyroGenesis as of late; not just within our powder production business but also within our other lines as well (Drosrite™, chemical warfare agent destruction, the US Navy, just to name a few), and it is within this energized context that the answer lies.

What is the expression? If you want something done give it to a busy man? Well that applies 10-fold at PyroGenesis these days. We are plasma experts and we have built a team of unique individuals who are passionate about their work and challenges and don’t turn off at 5pm. They are constantly thinking about solutions and improvements be it in the shower or on their drive back and forth to work. It is this truly unique team that that has enabled us to successfully introduce plasma-based solutions across a myriad of industries. 

To put this answer in the context of our ramp-up, one has to understand that the ramp-up phase does not take the system down for the full 24-hour day and it is the prudent allocation of these extra time slots for other activities that allows us to maintain the ramp-up schedule.

Q. Conclusion?

A. We are currently in the 17th week of our ramp-up phase and not only are we on schedule but we have during this period (i) produced other metal powders besides titanium (see our press release dated June 19, 2017), and most importantly (ii) have developed a new plasma-based process to produce metal powders which very well may be as game changing as our original Plasma Atomization technology.

We are plasma experts, we are the inventors of the plasma atomization technology, and we are back as a powder producer. Our goal is to enable AM (i.e. 3D printing) to reach new heights while at the same time address the current powder needs of the industry.

Additionally, the Company announces today that CAN$130,500 of warrants have been exercised. “Once again, this exercise of warrants is timely,” said P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “As we noted in an earlier press release, we are currently looking beyond the ramp-up phase towards increasing production capacity ahead of our original expectations. This exercise of warrants, together with any future exercise of warrants and options, will enable us to implement plans to accelerate our original schedule to increase our production capacity of metal powders for the Additive manufacturing (3D Printing) Industry. We are still looking at ways to have up to three (3) additional powder production systems operating in 2018. To date, our metal powder production strategy is progressing far better than planned, and we are very pleased.”

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. We provide engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, advanced materials (including 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. Our 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. Our 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.

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

Far East Tensions Cause Gold Prices to Perk, GREAT News for…$AMK.ca $EXS.ca $GGX.ca $GR.ca $GZD.ca $MQR.ca $OPW.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:34 PM on Friday, August 11th, 2017
  • Gold soared to two-month highs on Friday, as investors of all stripes sought refuge from the uncertainty of escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States

U.S President Donald Trump warned North Korea again on Thursday not to strike Guam or U.S. allies, saying his earlier threat to unleash “fire and fury” on Pyongyang if Kim Jong-un launched an attack may not have been tough enough.

Spot gold was up 0.3% at $1,290.36 U.S. per ounce, set for its biggest weekly gains since April. It earlier hit its highest since June 8 at $1,288.97 U.S. an ounce.

Geopolitical risks can improve demand for assets considered safe-haven investments such as gold.

Silver added 0.4% to $17.15 U.S. per ounce after hitting $17.24, its highest since June 14, in the previous session. It was on course for an over 5% weekly rise, the highest such gain since July 2016.

Platinum climbed 1.2% to $987.70 U.S. per ounce after touching $984.60 U.S. during the session, its highest since April 18. It was up about 2% for the week so far.

Palladium climbed 0.3% to $899.50 U.S. per ounce and was on track to end the week 2.3% higher.

Source: http://www.baystreet.ca/commodities/1212/Far-East-Tensions-Cause-Gold-Prices-to-Perk

INTERVIEW: American Creek Discusses New Intersections of Mineralization Grading 5.1 Meters of 9.57 G/T Gold $AMK.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:56 AM on Thursday, August 10th, 2017