Monday, April 20, 2015

IBC Copper Alloys Receives $1.3 Million Order From Asian Precision Manufacturing Multinational

IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.

TSX VENTURE : IB
OTCQX : IAALF


IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.

April 20, 2015 09:00 ET



Initial Order From New Customer Validates IBC's Expanded Copper Alloys Business Initiatives


FRANKLIN, INDIANA and VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 20, 2015) - IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (TSX VENTURE:IB)(OTCQX:IAALF) ("IBC" or the "Company") a leading advanced alloys and precision castings company, reports that its Copper Alloys division has received a US$1.3 million order from a new multinational manufacturing customer based in Asia. Delivery of the finished products is expected to begin in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 and IBC is confident of additional business.

IBC is expanding its business development initiatives to meet the growing global demand for specialty high performance copper alloy products. Asian markets are increasingly important and IBC will continue to leverage its expertise in these dynamic economies. IBC's new customer has contracted for specialized engineered copper alloy products to improve their production line efficiency, operating margins and yields. The customer identity has not been disclosed for competitive reasons.

IBC Copper Alloys' President Mark Wolma summarized, "IBC's business development initiatives focus on improving margins and expanding our product line with semi-finished products. We have identified a wide range of value-add opportunities for specific industries and are in active discussions with several groups. While Copper Alloys has accounts generating similar annual revenues, this $1.3 million single order is an important validation of our expanded business strategy. This order also supports", continued Wolma, "Copper Alloys' focus on value-added, higher-margin growth opportunities where we have a sustainable competitive advantage."

Anthony Dutton, CEO of IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. said, "IBC is building a strong reputation as a materials solutions provider and continues to build momentum with both our Copper Alloys division and our Beralcast® alloys produced at our Engineered Materials facility in Wilmington, MA. We are focused on supporting our customers and their commitment to manufacturing excellence."

IBC Copper Alloys is a profitable and a growing business. It operates plants in Royersford, Pennsylvania, New Madrid, Missouri and Franklin, Indiana, which is the hub for IBC's Copper Alloys operations. IBC Copper Alloys manufactures and distributes a wide variety of high-performance copper alloys such as castings and forgings serving domestic and international customers in the plastic injection mold, automotive, oil and gas and advanced manufacturing industries. The division's core alloys include beryllium copper, chrome copper and aluminum bronze in plate, block, bar and rings. IBC is growing its business with additional focus on value-add semi-finished products which significantly improve quality control and lead times for customers while improving IBC's margins and profitability. 

About IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.
IBC is an integrated manufacturer and distributor of rare metals (beryllium) based alloys and related products serving a variety of industries including nuclear energy, automotive, telecommunications and a range of industrial applications. IBC has 80 employees and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with production facilities in Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Missouri. IBC is creating a dynamic global beryllium and advanced alloys company. IBC's common shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "IB" and the OTCQX under the symbol "IAALF."
This news release was prepared by management of IBC, which takes full responsibility for its contents. The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy of this news release. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
This disclosure contains certain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control including: the impact of general economic conditions in the areas in which the Company operates, industry conditions, changes in laws and regulations including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, limited availability of raw materials, fluctuations in commodity prices, foreign exchange or interest rates, stock market volatility and obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities. In addition there are risks and uncertainties associated with manufacturing activities therefore the Company's future results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. All statements included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on assumptions made by the Company based on its experience, perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

IBC Engineered Materials Receives Purchase Order From CUT Aerospace Systems


Marketwire
IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (TSX VENTURE: IB)(OTCQX: IAALF) a leading advanced alloys has received a purchase order from UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), to supply advanced Beralcast(R) components for critical imaging systems used on a variety of US and foreign military aircraft. The contract was signed with UTC Aerospace Systems' unit based in Danbury, Connecticut.
and precision castings company,

Production on the new contract has begun at IBC's Wilmington, MA facility with the first components scheduled for delivery prior to IBC's 2015 fiscal year end of June 30. Terms of the order are not disclosed.

"IBC is a leader in the casting of high performance optical targeting systems where weight savings and high modulus are critical performance factors," said Ray White, President of IBC's Engineered Materials division. "Our Beralcast(R) castable alloys are ideally suited to precision aerospace applications and can uniquely offer contractors cost effective solutions compared to machined components. We are delighted," continued White, "to be working with UTC Aerospace Systems and look forward to an opportunity to support them in additional programs." 


Beralcast alloys are ideally suited to many aerospace applications where lightweight, high modulus and cost are critical performance factors. Beralcast(R) alloys are three times stiffer and weigh 22% less than aluminum. Beralcast(R) alloys can be an engineered substitute for aluminum, magnesium, titanium, metal matrix composites, pure beryllium or powder metallurgy beryllium-aluminum materials in the appropriate applications. 

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.

About IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.
IBC is an integrated manufacturer and distributor of rare metals (beryllium) based alloys and related products serving a variety of industries including nuclear energy, automotive, telecommunications and a range of industrial applications. IBC has 80 employees and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with production facilities in Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Missouri. IBC is creating a dynamic global beryllium and advanced alloys company. IBC's common shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "IB" and the OTCQX under the symbol "IAALF".
This news release was prepared by management of IBC, which takes full responsibility for its contents. The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy of this news release. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
This disclosure contains certain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control including: the impact of general economic conditions in the areas in which the Company operates, industry conditions, changes in laws and regulations including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, limited availability of raw materials, fluctuations in commodity prices, foreign exchange or interest rates, stock market volatility and obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities. In addition there are risks and uncertainties associated with manufacturing activities therefore the Company's future results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. All statements included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on assumptions made by the Company based on its experience, perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances.

Contacts:
IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.
Ian Tootill
Director of Corporate Communications
(604) 685-6263 ext 110
itootill@ibcadvancedalloys.com
www.ibcadvancedalloys.com

The Howard Group Inc.
Dave Burwell/Brad Dryer
Toll Free: 1-888-221-0915 or (403) 221-0915
info@howardgroupinc.com


SOURCE: IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

IBC Advanced Alloys Corp - Canadian with U.S. Roots

2015 Top Picks -  IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.

IBC is an integrated manufacturer and distributor of rare metals (beryllium) based alloys and related products serving a variety of industries including nuclear energy, automotive, telecommunications and a range of industrial applications. IBC has 80 employees and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada


IBC has four U.S. based production facilities in Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Missouri. 


In March 2014,  IBC's Advanced "BEO" Nuclear Fuel exceeded critical performance factors in tests.

This advanced product, manufactured using IBC's proprietary Beryllium materials, is designed to reduce costs and increase safety of advanced nuclear fuels in the rebirth of that industry.
(see illustration on left)

The Nuclear industry predicts $1.2 Trillion worth of new plants will be constructed or started by 2030 with Asia leading the expansion of Nuclear power in the 21st century.











In Sept 2014, IBC was awarded a contract by the LockheedMartin Corp to produce the housing components for it's F35 fighter jets "EOTS" systems utilizing it's proprietary "Beralcast" advanced material, with the promise of more to come.
(see illustration at right)

The F-35 is the most advanced fighter jet ever built and for Lockheed to include this tiny manufacturer of specialty materials as one of it's suppliers ensures that IBC should punch above it's weight for years to come.


During the same month,  IBC successfully delivered several unmanned aerial system (UAS) ® technology to the U.S. Department of Defense.
demonstration articles manufactured using IBC’s proprietary Beralcast castings.



In November 2014,  IBC Partnered with two European firms to Develop and Distribute a New High Performance Alloy




Although it is still a microcap company trading on the venture exchange mostly in Canada, IBC is creating a dynamic global beryllium and advanced alloys company.

IBC's common shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "IB" and the OTCQX under the symbol "IAALF."

All indications are that IBC will be profitable in 2015 and we expect a significant turnaround in IBC's stock price.  We have been loading up on IBC Shares with that expectation.

We see it as an investment in the future.



Monday, January 26, 2015

Target dated retirement funds are known as Retirefunds and should be part of your financial future.

If you were to ask a qualified investment adviser what is the best time to begin investing for your retirement, S/he would tell you it was 40 years ago. They would also suggest that, the second best time to begin is today!  Everyone who has ever been involved with the subject of saving for retirement knows how true this statement is. The longer your horizon is to the big day, and the earlier you start saving and investing, the more you will have in retirement.

Retirefunds or target dated retirement funds, set up with your retirement date in mind. If that date is 30 years out, then you are ahead of 98% of your peers in planning for the future.  If that date is only 10 years out, then you are in the middle of the pack so to speak, of your peers in planning for the big day. In other words, most people only think about their retirement and it's financial consequences as it gets closer.  Obviously, the sooner you take the plunge and begin your investment plan, the better off you will be in your golden years. If you are one of the Millennial generation (currently between the age of 18 and 34) you should be talking to a qualified investment adviser right now about "your" plan to retire in good financial health.

I have a nephew who just turned 20 and he recently approached me with some questions about how he should start an investment plan.  We talked briefly about registered retirement savings plans and tax free savings accounts but my main advice to him is to seek out a good financial planner and to make a Retirefund or target dated retirement fund, one of his main options. I wish I had been as in tune with finances at his age as he seems to be. While many of his peers are still looking for jobs, going to college or university etc, he already has some significant savings and is looking for solid advice in planning for a rainy day.

 Facts: 25 years of research shows that, "Individuals don't spend time doing any planning or thinking about retirement until it happens," (Salisbury)  In fact, most people spend much more time planning a vacation than planning for retirement.

I happen to be from the generation that was blessed with a pension plan I had paid into for 36 years,  It makes me more free to play with a portion of my portfolio.  If you are not part of a long term pension plan (and even if you are) you should not "play" with your retirement money.

Since this article is a "heads up" so to speak for the 18-34 yr old crowd, I will not get into boring details of individual funds or companies.  I will leave that to your qualified investment adviser.

Here are some resources to help you investigate Retirefunds, as you begin your journey to financial independence in retirement.

Familiarize yourself with the various funds then sit down with a qualified financial planner to discuss your Retirefund options.  Don't play the market. Leave that to the experts.



















Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Technicals turning up for IBC Advanced Alloys Corp

A recent check of technicals for IBC Advanced Alloys shows a upward momentum and a possible price pop of 80-100%

Here are the details

Jan 14, 2015Triple Moving Average Crossover (4-day 9-day 18-day)Short-Term Bullish$0.12n/a
Jan 08, 2015MomentumShort-Term Bullish$0.12n/a
Jan 08, 2015Price Crosses Moving Average (21-day)Short-Term Bullish$0.12n/a
Jan 05, 2015Short-term KSTShort-Term Bullish$0.12n/a
Jan 05, 2015Continuation Wedge (Bullish)Intermediate-Term Bullish$0.12Bullish $0.22 - $0.24

IBC Advanced Alloys is a micro cap Canadian company which manufactures specialty alloys mainly for the Aerospace sector at it's four manufacturing plants in the United States.
 
It's proprietary "Beralcast" family of Alloys are used in Aerospace applications to increase strength and stiffness at a lighter weight than most other materials used. 

IBC Engineered Materials Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBC Advanced Alloys Corp, manufactures Beralcast as a family of beryllium aluminum alloys that overcomes the limitations of pure beryllium and existing aluminum alloys, while retaining the benefits of the two metals.

IBC Advanced Alloys Copper Division manufactures and distributes a wide variety of copper alloys as castings and forgings including beryllium copper, chrome copper and aluminum bronze in plate, block, bar, rings. They also develop specialty copper alloy forgings for plastic mold tooling and resistance welding applications.

 
  EOTS
 Recently, IBC signed a contract with Lockheed-Martin to supply the housing units for the EOTS system for the new, advanced, F-35 fighter jet program from it's proprietary "Beralcast" Alloys. 
 
The initial contract is worth $2 Million dollars but could rise to as much as $80 Million with continued production.

The U.S. Dept of Defense is currently testing Beralcast alloys for use in their UAS and UAV programs in aerospace (Airforce), on land (Army) and underwater (Navy).  This program is ongoing.

IBC Engineered Materials, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBC Advanced Alloys, is also collaborating with Purdue University and the University of Texas on the production of Beryllium Oxide Enhanced nuclear fuel to increase the safety and longevity of nuclear fuel rods. IBC and PUrdue share patents for this technology.

 
 
In November 2014 IBC partnered with Baoshida Swissmetal and Avins USA Inc. to manufacture a high performance alloy for use in multiple markets and applications.

IBC trades on the Canadian Venture Exchange (ib-tsxv) and on the OTCQX International as IAALF

Earlier today I spoke with Ian Tootill of IBC regarding their outlook for 2015.  Although he cannot discuss any upcoming contracts or talks with other companies besides Lockheed, he did say he is very optimistic that IBC is moving steadily toward profitability in 2015.

Currently IBC's market cap is only $9 M with 80 Million shares outstanding at today's price of .11c Revenue for 2014 was over $20M

Disclosure:  We are investors in IBC Advanced Alloys Corp

ed

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lomiko Plans to Spin Out two new Technology Plays

Lomiko Metals Inc.Lomiko Metals Inc.

TSX VENTURE : LMR
OTCQX : LMRMF
FRANKFURT : DH8B




January 05, 2015 09:00 ET

Lomiko Plans to Spin Out two new Technology Plays, Establish a Graphite Resource and Drill Deep Gold Targets at Vines Lake in 2015



VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwired - Jan. 5, 2015) - Lomiko Metals Inc. ("Lomiko") (TSX VENTURE:LMR)(OTCQX:LMRMF)(FRANKFURT:DH8B) has made significant strides forward on several fronts in 2014. The strategic plan to create new ventures in the technology sector has been very successful.
"Lomiko's work in 2014 has set the stage for the accelerated creation of value in 2015, stated A. Paul Gill, CEO "This news release outlines our direction and goals in 2015 for shareholders, analysts, the media and new venture investors looking for a company that is moving forward despite difficult market conditions."
2014 Technology Highlights
  • In August, Lomiko participated in the Graphene 3D Lab IPO. A $ 350,000 investment in the private 3D printing company eventually became the TSX listed Graphene 3D Lab which currently has a $ 44 Million market cap. This transaction provided proof of concept for our vision to create new technology ventures. It also provided Lomiko with over 4 Million shares in Graphene 3D Lab, which have traded as high as $2.50. (link)
  • Lomiko has also transferred our graphene super capacitor investment into 40% ownership of a US corporation, Graphene Energy Storage Devices (Graphene ESD), in anticipation of a similiar transaction in 2015 (link)
  • Through our 100% owned subsidiary, Lomiko Technologies Inc., we have licensed the rights to manufacture and sell three power converter system designs and have acquired a pending supply contract for an existing customer from Megahertz Power Systems Ltd. (link)
2014 Graphite Exploration Highlights
  • Lomiko continued to explore our wholly owned Quatre Miles graphite property in the Province of Quebec. In July, 2014, we announced the discovery of 23 new high priority magnetic anomalies on this property. (link)
  • In September, Lomiko announced the acquisition of a 40% interest in Canada Strategic Minerals' La Loutre Crystalline Flake Graphite Property in Quebec. (link) The La Loutre property has since then been drilled and has produced very encouraging results. (link and link) We are particularly encouraged by the high grades and near surface locations of this graphite discovery.
Corporate
  • Lomiko was pleased to close financings for gross proceeds of $5,520,800 in March of 2014. (link)
  • Lomiko was approved for trading on the OTCQX Exchange in the USA in April, 2014 allowing new American investors there to participate in the growth and development of the Company.
  • Lomiko was also pleased to announce that a Shareholders Rights Plan came into effect at our October Annual General Meeting. (link) In the current market, technological innovation can create tremendous value literally overnight and our Shareholders' Rights Plan will ensure that our shareholders are treated fairly when such value is created.
  • Lomiko has arranged for a Market-maker to provide liquidity to the market and a better trading experience for investors.
  • Recently filed financial information for Q1 2015 (link) indicates Lomiko has $ 4.04 Million of cash and cash equivalents, $ 7.7 Million in un-realized equity (Graphene 3D Lab shares) and $ 1.7 Million in exploration assets.
2015 Goals
Management is confident the work done on both technology and exploration puts Lomiko in an excellent position to capitalize on the coming graphene revolution.
  • Lomiko Technologies goal is to create revenue from its licensing deals and e-commerce site and launch Lomiko Technologies as a new public company.
  • Graphene 3D Lab is making significant progress in developing their business plan for revenue and profitability. Lomiko will continue to meet any graphite needs that arise from demand created.
  • Graphene ESD will continue its development of energy storage devices and launch as a new public company in 2015.
  • Lomiko Metals will focus on creating a resource estimate and PEA for the La Loutre Graphite Property located near the Imerys Graphite and Carbon Mine in Quebec.
  • Lomiko will also drill deep gold targets at the 100%-owned Vines Lakes Project in Cassiar, B.C. which is adjacent to the historic Table Mountain Mine (link). The Magnetic Anomaly Map is available here (link).
  • Lomiko will launch an extensive advertising and brand awareness campaign designed to focus attention on our new products.
In a difficult market for junior exploration companies we have managed to stand out as an innovative, agile and forward-looking company. Our technology investments provide a counter balance to the junior resource market.
At the same time, we believe that by concentrating on finding high grade, near surface, graphite deposits, we will position Lomiko to be a low cost graphite producer when the time comes to mine graphite.
For more information on Lomiko Metals, review the website at www.lomiko.com.
A. Paul Gill, Chief Executive Officer
We seek safe harbor. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information


Lomiko Metals Inc.
A. Paul Gill
604-729-5312
info@lomiko.com
www.lomiko.com

Monday, December 8, 2014

Target date retirement funds or retirefunds are growing in popularity

Target dated Retirement funds are known as Retirefunds. They are often set up to target a specific date which is usually the retirement date of the individual investor in question.

Examples of such funds can be found at BMO, Scotiabank, Manulife, T. Rowe Price, Pimco, American Funds, and many other banks and financial institutions too numerous to mention here.  These funds are the "cruise control" of mutual funds. As the investor gets closer to retirement, the fund's asset allocation becomes more conservative and focuses on fixed income. The changing asset allocation is called the glide path.

 "In the U.S., target-date funds hit the public consciousness after the Pension Protection Act of 2006. The legislation allowed 401(k) plan sponsors to make life cycle funds the default investments for participants who didn't choose their own funds. The logic was that since investors were now in charge of their own retirement funds, sitting in cash wasn't going to get them there".(See Nasdaq)

In Canada, target dated funds began gaining more interest around the same time. These funds have some very positive aspects which are desired by many investors.  Many individuals are so busy with their own careers, family and lives that they truly want their retirement funds on cruise control. Although I often point out you are the best keeper of your retirement plan and your money, many people either do not, or cannot look after their own plans.

There are however some drawbacks to these plans you should be aware of. The Canadian investment review has an excellent article on this very subject entitled: The trouble with retirement dated funds.

Retirefunds may not be for everyone but there is a growing investor base that wants to keep their investments on cruise control.  If you are interested in this form of retirement financing, you should contact a qualified financial adviser.

Ed