Supporting the transition
to green energy.

We aim to become a leading North American producer of high-purity silicon metal — an essential building block in the transition to a low-carbon, green economy.

About Sinova Global

Sinova Global aims to support the transition to a low-carbon, green economy by supplying silicon metal products that are vital to the production of electric vehicles, computer chips and photovoltaic solar cells.

We are well-positioned to achieve this by applying the significant skills and experience of our management team to develop the Horse Creek Quarry in British Columbia that will supply a new silicon metal plant we plan to construct in Tennessee, USA.

Our focus on environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) matters is integral to our mission to produce a key building block in the transition to a low-carbon, green economy. ESG is therefore a fundamental part of our long-term strategy and how we manage risk and preserve and create value for investors and other stakeholders.

Leadership Team

Our management and plant design team have collectively been involved in the build or operation of 14 of the last 15 silicon metal smelters constructed outside of China. The team has over 100 years of combined industry experience, including roles in process engineering, product development, quality and technical support, finance, marketing and trading and supply chain management.

Sir Mick Davis
Chairman

Sir Mick Davis is a highly successful mining executive credited with building Xstrata Plc into one of the world’s largest global diversified mining and metals companies prior to its acquisition by Glencore Plc. During his career in mining, he also formed the mining venture X2 Resources and has served as the Chairman of Billiton Coal. He founded Vision Blue Resources Limited in December 2020 and currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Jayson Tymko
President & Chief Executive Officer

Jayson is one of the founders of Sinova Global. Prior to Sinova Jayson founded several successful technology businesses focused on the natural resources sectors, including Menex Technologies, a company which used AI to increase production while improving safety and efficiency. In addition to the boards he sat on he was Chairman of ACAMP, an advanced technology product development centre that entrepreneurs count on to move their innovation from proof-of-concept to manufactured product. He brings 30+ years of building and running private and public companies.

James May
Chief Operating Officer

Jim is one of the founders of Sinova Global. He brings over 35  years of experience in management, operational, and sales roles in the silicon metal industry. He has operated 6 companies in the US and China for the last 15 years. Jim previously spent over 20 years in operational and management roles in Dow Corning Corp. He has a track record of building efficient and sustainable silicon metal plants and has extensive leadership experience in building and running efficient operations.

David Sparrow
Chief Financial Officer

David brings significant experience in accounting, finance and merger & acquisitions. Prior to Sinova, David was the President at Trailwise Capital and was previously on the board of directors of a significant energy products manufacturer. David has been leading management teams in transactions and transformations for over 30 years through roles with Deloitte, KPMG, and other private companies.

Dave Tuten
Managing Director, Silicon

Dave brings over 30 years of experience in all facets of operating a silicon metal and ferroalloy operation. He is one of the few executives that has managed plants and was instrumental in the design and successful building of the first silicon metal facility in North America. His leadership roles include senior leadership positions at companies such as Mississippi Silicon and Globe Specialty Metals (FerroGlobe), along with operational support roles for CMC Metals (Traxys) and Simcala (Dow).

Craig Johnson
Chief Technology Officer & Program Director

Craig has over 20 years of leadership experience in scoping, planning, building, and managing complex projects at Microsoft. Today, he leads our Program and tech-ops efforts with a mandate to further our business goals by fostering innovation, and prioritizing project initiatives.

Chauncey Beggs
Director, Finance

Chauncey is our Director, Finance at Sinova Global. He brings over 14 years of experience in finance and accounting, leading companies through acquisitions, divestitures, financings, and improving operational performance and efficiency. Prior to joining Sinova Global, Chauncey was Director, Corporate Development at a large North American construction company where he led the group’s corporate acquisitions and financial special projects.

Integrated Operations

Once construction is complete, Sinova Global will own and operate an integrated silicon metal
production asset serving the fast developing microchip, solar energy, electric vehicle (“EV”) and grid storage battery markets.

Horse Creek Quarry

We are developing and expanding production at the historic Horse Creek Quarry near Golden, British Columbia, Canada. The Horse Creek Quarry is permitted for over one million tonnes of production of high quality and high-purity quartz that can be used in the production of high value silicon metal.

Material from the Horse Creek Quarry requires very limited processing relative to material from other quartz mines. With high-purity silica and correspondingly low levels of impurities such as boron, iron, phosphorous and aluminum, Horse Creek creates minimal by-products and requires less energy to process. 

The Horse Creek Quarry is a long-life resource. The staging area is located just four kilometers from the mine and directly on the Canadian Pacific railroad for ease of transportation to North American markets and beyond.

Tennessee Manufacturing

Sinova Global’s silicon metal manufacturing operation located in Tennessee will consist of a state-of-the-art metal refining facility with access to excellent shipping and logistics infrastructure near the Port of Cates Landing in the Lake County Industrial Park.

Development of this project is underway following the significant support of government, and the receipt of permits.

The plant is expected to employ more than 140 people long term and will be built on a 130 acre site in the Lake County Industrial Park. The industrial park’s infrastructure will provide access to high-voltage power and will have excellent highway and rail connections. Located immediately south of the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, Cates Landing also benefits from lock-free shipping routes to the deep-water ports on and along the Gulf of Mexico, such as New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama.

Silicon & the Green Energy Transition

Silicon is central to the production of aluminum and other alloys, silicones, electronics (including computer chips) and solar cells, with emerging applications in the development of next-generation EV batteries and energy storage. Silicon metal grades used across these applications vary, with product pricing tied to silicon metal purity. Click here to find out more about silicon.

The widespread predictions of growth in the adoption of new green energy technologies often assume that there is sufficient availability of natural resources, processing capacity and infrastructure to meet the demand of chip producers, energy storage companies, automobile manufacturers and many other participants in the green economy. These assumptions appear to overlook the structural supply shortages faced by many of their suppliers, whose ability to respond to rapid and sustained demand growth is constrained by access to high-grade raw material, time consuming permitting processes, availability of logistics and energy supply.

We believe the result is that sourcing responsibly produced materials such as silicon metal are key focus areas for materials producers across the U.S., European and Asian markets.

Demand

Current annual silicon metal production is approximately 3.0 million metric tonnes and is only expected to grow at an annual rate of approximately 4-8% in the period between 2022 and 2026.[1] As a result, we believe there will be a significant demand-supply imbalance in the coming years, where silicon metal production falls meaningfully short of demand. In 2021, the U.S. consumed approximately 246,500 tonnes of silicon metal, with demand expected to rise to almost 300,000 tonnes by 2023. However, only approximately 119,000 of those tonnes were produced in the United States in 2021, creating approximately 127,500 tonnes of demand served by imports.

Despite the scale of this potential opportunity, there have been no major new capacity additions in North America in the past seven years, even in the face of the substantial expected expansion of green technologies requiring large quantities of silicon metal.

[1] All information cited herein concerning demand for silicon is based on information from the CRU Group.

ESG

Our focus on ESG matters is integral to our mission to produce a key building block in the transition to a low-carbon, green economy. ESG is therefore a fundamental part of our long-term strategy and is a central aspect of how we manage risk and preserve and create value for investors and other stakeholders.

In particular, supply chain transparency is crucial to us and our potential counterparties. Offtake agreements in our industry increasingly include prescribed conditions requiring suppliers to demonstrate their ESG credentials. We will aim to meet these requirements by implementing an effective ESG program based on recognized industry practices and referencing our credentials against relevant international ESG standards.

We plan to manage ESG in three operational areas:

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Glossary

Silicon / Silicon metal
Silicon is a chemical element with the symbol “Si”. It is a hard, brittle crystalline solid with a blue-grey metallic lustre.

Silica (Silicon dioxide)
Silica is a specific chemical compound, Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) found in nature in quartz, rock, sand and clay.

Quartz
Quartz is a hard, crystalline mineral composed of Silica but contains some impurities. It is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust. High-purity quartz refers to Quartz with a very high percentage of Si02 in its composition and low impurities.

Photovoltaic solar cells (PV cells)
PV cells convert sunlight directly into electricity. Photovoltaics gets their name from the process of converting light (photons) into electricity (voltage).

Horse Creek deposit
The Horse Creek deposit is the first high-purity quartz mine in North America, located near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

Ferroalloy
Ferroalloys refer to various alloys of iron with a high proportion of one or more other elements, such a Silicon. They are used in the production of steels and alloys.

High-purity silica
High-purity silica refers to Silica in the form of Quartz with a very high percentage of SiO2 in its composition and low impurities.

Computer chips
Computer chips are small wafers of semiconductor material embedded within integrated circuitry, usually made from Polysilicon.

Polysilicon
A polycrystalline form of silicon used especially in electronic devices.

Contact

601, 5241 Calgary Trail
Edmonton, AB
Canada
T6H 5G8

info@sinovaglobal.com
+1 (780) 328-6542