Montreal, Quebec – March 30, 2023 – NanoXplore Inc. (“NanoXplore”) (TSX: GRA and OTCQX: NNXPF), a world-leading graphene company and its wholly-owned subsidiary VoltaXplore Inc. (“VoltaXplore”), a graphene-enhanced Li-ion battery manufacturer for the Electric Vehicle and grid storage markets, are pleased that the Government of Canada has recognized the critical importance of clean technology manufacturing by introducing a 30% refundable investment tax credit (ITC) in its 2023 Budget.
This federal government initiative, along with the provincial financial support, is in line with NanoXplore’s decision to move forward with the construction of a 2GWh battery cell gigafactory in Quebec. At nameplate capacity, the facility may produce up to 130 million cells per year.
The ITC along with the provincial financial support were major milestones for NanoXplore and VoltaXplore and VoltaXplore anticipates finalizing remaining funding in the next few months to potentially start construction in early calendar 2024.
Moreover, NanoXplore will also benefit from the ITC in both federal and provincial 2023 budgets for its battery material initiative, which was unveiled in its 5-year strategic plan back in November 2022.
Soroush Nazarpour, President and Chief Executive Officer of NanoXplore, commented:
“We are very happy with the outcome of both Federal and Provincial budgets. Not only this paves the way for the construction of the VoltaXplore’s 2GWh gigafactory, but also NanoXplore will receive additional funding for its battery material processing initiative. We are most grateful to the Canadian and Quebec governments for their support in these projects and helping shared Canada’s objective of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. We are in the final stage of our financing and we anticipate starting construction in early calendar 2024 and commission the plant in calendar 2026. This is transformational for both companies and I would like to thank all shareholders for their utmost support. Our graphene-enhanced battery solutions are showing tremendous performance and we are excited to bring them to market.”
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NanoXplore is a graphene company, a manufacturer and supplier of high-volume graphene powder for use in transportation and industrial markets. The Corporation provides standard and custom graphene-enhanced plastic and composite products to various customers in transportation, packaging, electronics, and other industrial sectors. NanoXplore is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec with manufacturing facilities across North America and Europe. Please visit www.nanoxplore.ca.
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