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PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (PYR.V) has signed its first major exclusive commercial agreement for the sale of titanium (Ti-6Al-4V) powders for use in the additive manufacturing industry, after having been qualified as an approved supplier by a client in Asia.

This agreement provides for a minimum sales volume of 10,000 kilograms (10 tonnes) over two years and is limited geographically to a specific territory in Asia. It is anticipated that the agreement would be extended for further terms at the conclusion of the first two-year term. It also allows for exclusive distribution into this territory.

The Client specializes in advanced alloy powders for, amongst other industries, AM (3D Printing). They also produce metal powders and specialty parts. The Client is well established within the territory which is seeing one of the fastest growing demands for metal powders for AM.

"This Agreement is significant because (i) of the magnitude of the order when compared to previous year's revenues, (ii) it validates our strategy as a powder supplier to the AM industry, and (iii) the potential additional growth that can develop from this relationship alone," said Mr. P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. "We did not expect to make such inroads into this particular geographic region before 2019, or even 2020. Although important, we did not see this as being what we call "low hanging fruit", as we thought it would take a lot more time and effort before we could announce results like we have today. This Agreement compliments our Asian strategy nicely and was structured in such a way as not to impede other discussions taking place with others in the industry."

"We believe that this is the beginning of a developing partnership as this is only the guaranteed minimum sales volume committed to by the Client," added Mr. Massimo Dattilo, Vice President, Sales of PyroGenesis. "Of note, this Agreement is for titanium powders only. The Client also has a need for nickel alloy powders (such as Inconel) which we have already successfully produced, as well as aluminum alloy powders which we can also produce. We expect to gain traction with respect to these other powders as well."

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. The company provides engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages, to the defence, metallurgical, mining, advanced materials (including 3-D printing), oil and gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of its Montreal office and its 3,800-square-metre manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Its 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.