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Orbite Begins Shipping Commercial Samples of High-Purity Alumina

Orbite has already received over 25 confirmed orders for HPA samples ranging from 4N to 5N purity from clients throughout the world. Customer HPA samples of 4N purity or greater are expected to continue to ship during the first half of 2013 as material of the appropriate purity and characteristics become available to satisfy customer orders. Sample sizes typically range from 1 to 100 kg. Customers are expected to test their respective HPA samples, a process which can take several months and could entail ordering additional samples, prior to submitting purchase orders for commercial supply. Any payments received prior to the declaration of commercial production, for customer samples or commercial sales, will be booked for accounting purposes as a reduction of capital costs. The global market for HPA has typically been for a 4N product but is shifting towards higher purities of 4N5 and 5N over the next few years. This shift is driven in part by the phasing out of incandescent lights over the next few years throughout most major world markets, which is increasing the demand for LED lights containing substrates manufactured with HPA. Orbite Aluminae Inc. is a Canadian company whose innovative and proprietary processes can produce alumina and other high-value by-products, such as rare earth and rare metal oxides, at one of the lowest costs in the industry, without generating any wastes, using feedstocks that include aluminous clay, kaolin, nepheline, bauxite, red mud and fly ash.  Orbite is currently commissioning its first commercial high-purity alumina (HPA) production plant in Cap-Chat. A Feasibility Study for Orbite’s first smelter-grade alumina (SGA) production plant, using clay mined from its Grande Vallée deposit, is anticipated by the end of 2013.  Orbite signed an exclusive worldwide collaborative agreement with Veolia Environmental Services for the remediation of red mud using the Orbite processes with the intent to begin construction of a Veolia-operated demonstration plant in 2014. Orbite owns the intellectual property rights to 9 patents and 32 pending patent applications in 10 different countries. (3/2013)

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