Exhibitor Interview, Mark Thompson, CEO, Talga Resources Ltd
In our latest exhibitor interview, The Battery Show Europe caught up with Mark Thompson, CEO of Talga Resources Ltd about the company’s new technological developments, current challenges faced within the industry and networking at the upcoming Battery Show Europe.
Mark Thompson has over 30 years of experience in the geoscience and industrial minerals industry, from resource discovery to production roles, capital markets to technology and applications. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Society of Economic Geologists, and Guest Professor of Mineral Exploration Technology at Chengdu University of Technology and Southwest University of Science and Technology, China.
Please tell us about your current role. What are your key focus areas and reposnsibilities?
I am Founder and Managin Director of ASX-listed TALGA Resources Ltd. On behalf of the board and shareholders I lead the Company and execute strategy towards increasing shareholder value, while maximising positive economic and environmental change. We have operations across four countries, with most of those in Europe, so there is a focus on building the business preferentially there, which is a little rare for an Australian financed company.
What inspired you to start this company?
A belief that we had the power to unite our team, technology and the earth to make graphene truly accessible for a growing world.
What do you think sets your company apart from competitors?
- Industrial scale
- Fully vertically integrated from mine-to-product
- 100% owned dispersion technology
What are the key opportunities and challenges your company faces at present?
There are opportunities abound but the key challenges are estimating the right scale to project for future production demand, and accelerating the development of newer technology materials that use graphene.
Are there any new technology developments that you are working on at the moment? Can you tell us about them?
Many of our developments are in graphene and micrographite solutions for improved batteries, coatings, construction materials and plastic composites. They are discolsed when appropriate. We are working on both current energy storage materials such as super-anodes for 20% better Li-on batteries, and a host of newer technologies including silicon-graphene anodes and sodium-ion batteries.
What would you say most excites you about your role?
Seeing our team discover things and make breakthroughs that will change the way materials can be used in the future.
How do you think the industry will develop within the next 5 years? Can you tell us about the key trends emerging?
The battery industry will boom in the next 5 years, in every sector. There will be a great deal of supply stress under the rapid growth, particularly in the raw material supply chain. Trends include large growth in stationery storage batteries, with an emerging trend towards flow batteries, while there is a massive push to raise safety for automotive applications. This will drive faster development of next generation batteries such as Solid State and Sodium-ion.
What do you hope to achieve at the show this year, and what connections do you hope to make?
Firstly, we hope to introduce and spotlight our unique high-performance carbon materials to the greater battery community, then connect to cell manufacturers, anode consumers and technology partners towards potential commercial relationships for our products.
Talga Resources Ltd will be exhibiting at The Battery Show Europe 2018 at Stand B288.