Growth through sustainability: Masan High-Tech Materials targets net revenue of VND18,200 billion in 2023
Masan High-Tech Materials (HNX-UpCOM: MSR, “Masan High-Tech Materials”, “MHT” or “Company”) organised its Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023 with the theme of ‘Growth through Sustainability’ in Ha Noi.
Mr. Danny Le, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Masan High-Tech Materials Corporation (MHT)
At the AGM, Chief Executive Officer of MHT, Craig Richard Bradshaw shared: “Masan High-Tech Materials had a year of challenges, overcoming market fluctuations and impacts of various factors in the region and the world. Though Tungsten revenues and tungsten scrap recycling rates were significantly higher, contributing to delivering FY2022 record revenue”.
In 2022, on the back of ongoing strong demand and pricing for tungsten products, Masan High-Tech Materials delivered record revenues of VND15,550 billion, a VND1,985 billion improvement (an increase of 15%), over FY2021.
WO3 revenue increased by 13%, with midstream products (tungsten carbides and powders) produced by H.C. Starck Tungsten Powders, a Germany headquarter subsidiary of Masan High-Tech Materials (“H.C. Starck”), accounting for 70% of that growth. EBITDA increased by 5%, reaching VND3,203 billion – the second-highest EBITDA ever achieved.
As a result of drilling undertaken at Nui Phao throughout 2020 and 2021, we have increased the JORC Reserves significantly compared to the 2019 JORC Reserves. In November 2022, this leaves 44.1 million tonnes of ore still to be mined and processed, giving an indicative mine life of at least another 12 years.
Production from tungsten scrap recycling within H.C. Starck increased by 13%. MHT is working to increase the proportion of its production from secondary sources (scrap recycling) in keeping with the Company’s “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” policy.
In 2022, Masan High-Tech Materials established a global innovation hub based on our two R&D centres in Goslar, Germany and Thai Nguyen, Viet Nam.
Leveraging the technological advancements of H.C. Starck over the past 100 years, MHT continued to invest in innovation and process improvement to maintain its long-term growth trajectory. The Company has developed innovative processes, breakthrough solutions, and eco-friendly products to meet the global market’s unmet needs, earning 95 new patents worldwide and 50 patents still in the application stage.
With extensive experience and potential in supplying high-tech materials and ongoing research to evaluate the needs of critical industries, MHT believes that Tungsten is the “key” to the innovative future of these industries.
In 2022, Masan High-Tech Materials executed definitive agreements to invest £45m (approx. Euro52m) into Nyobolt Limited (“Nyobolt”), a UK-based Lithium-ion fast-charging battery solutions company, to promote the application of advanced Tungsten materials in the development and manufacturing of high-performance batteries.
Tungsten-containing batteries can charge up to more than 90% in only 5 minutes with higher heat resistance, 10 times greater power density and durability, resulting in cost savings and more safety for users. Even at the end of the battery life, the new battery technology also allows for recovering and reusing key metal components like lithium, manganese, cobalt, nickel, tungsten and niobium.
Following the achievements in 2022, on February 20th, 2023, H.C.Starck officially launched new advanced tungsten powders under its trademarked ‘starck2charge®’, used specifically in manufacturing safe and fast-charging Li-ion battery.
This type of battery is expected to help solve new problems and establish a comprehensive clean energy ecosystem, especially playing an important role in global electromobility. At the end of March 2023, H.C. Starck continued to launch the trademark ‘starck2print®’, special tungsten powders and complementary innovation services for 3D printing with high chemical purity and stability, and great significance in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. ‘starck2charge®’ and ‘starck2print®‘ are the continuation of Masan High-Tech Materials’ advanced product portfolio expansion to meet the needs of global advanced technology companies and industries.
From the success of the high-tech Tungsten refining and processing project, Masan High-Tech Materials plans to implement the first ever and largest Tungsten recycling plant project in Vietnam servicing the Asian region. The goal is to make Viet Nam the leading Tungsten and critical metals recycling technology development centre in the region.
The success of the Project will demonstrate our outstanding competence and provide the Vietnamese workforce with an opportunity to advance engineering capabilities in the high-tech manufacturing space, enhancing the country’s competitiveness in the global tungsten market.
In 2023, the Company will focus on developing a fully integrated circular economy model with a closed value chain encompassing waste and scrap collection, processing, recycling of scraps, and raw material recovery.
Accordingly, tungsten will be recovered from used batteries and industrial wastes, and then recycled as feed materials for new product development. The Company expects net revenue in 2023 of VNĐ16,500 billion to VNĐ18,200 billion, an increase from 6% to 17% compared to the previous period.