Manila, Philippines, 7 October 2022 - Dennis Quintero, partner and head of the Quisumbing Torres (QT) Energy, Mining & Infrastructure (EMI) Industry Group, who is also the current Philippine Australia Business Council chair, joined a panel discussion during the recently held Battery Gigafactories Asia Pacific 2022 in Perth, Australia. The event was attended by the region’s industry, finance, and government key stakeholders to chart a course for the lithium/nickel/cobalt and other green metals economy, from mine to electric vehicle.

"The Philippines, with one of the largest deposits of the green materials nickel and cobalt, is gearing to take its place in the Asia Pacific and global supply chain for battery-grade materials production and eventually battery manufacture," said Dennis during the session on the Supply Chain View across the Asia Pacific. The session was a series of keynote presentations followed by a panel discussion that provided insider perspectives on battery supply chain development across the region. He was joined by Walter Czarnecki (Chief Commercial Officer, Livent), Septian Hario Seto (Director, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Government of Indonesia) and Anung Choudhary (Chairman & Managing Director, Himadri Chemicals).

With the growing electrification of vehicles and the use of battery energy storage systems, there is unparalleled demand for the green metals needed to manufacture the same. Car manufacturers have declared ambitious targets and timetables to electrify their vehicle line ups. Countries that can supply the green materials are working towards greater value-added/downstream processing of these metals as a driver for the growth of their respective economies.

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