Matmor comprises two distinct operational components:
- The front end, or pelletisation stage, uses the Coldry process to combine low-rank coal with iron oxide bearing media and dewater the coal
- The Matmor Retort, a unique vertical shaft furnace that reduces the iron oxide to metal
The Matmor Retort is patented in Australia (767268) and enjoys an additional layer of protection via the Coldry Patent, in the following jurisdictions:
|Country||Patent No / Patent Application No||Status|
|China (incl. Hong Kong)||ZL200480031850.2||Granted|
|India||PCT/AU2004/001319 or 1576/DELNP/2006||Granted|
This additional protection is due to Coldry’s role as the front-end pelletisation process. Alternative low-rank coal drying processes are neither technically suitable nor economically viable as a feedstock production solution for the Matmor Retort.
In jurisdictions without Coldry patent coverage, the Company intends to protect the Matmor IP via appropriate confidentiality and trade secret agreements.