Our funds invest in high-growth companies developing patentable technologies that use PGMs to address some of society's biggest challenges. Our areas of expertise include sustainable energy integration, growing resource scarcity and the consequence of rapidly changing demographics.
As a specialist investor, the fund benefits from synergies within the portfolio. The AP Ventures network connects investee companies while bringing together the knowledge of the team and investors to deliver significant value enhancing opportunities. The fund invests globally across a range of sectors and industries.
Focusing on sustainable energy, clean transportation and infrastructure. This includes energy storage, fuel cell electric vehicles, distributed power generation and hydrogen infrastructure.
Developing biomedical applications and healthcare sensors and electronics. Uses include anti-cancer treatments, cardiac devices and dental applications.
Discovering more efficient use of resources. This includes durable electronics, water treatment and natural food preservation.
PGMs power numerous advanced technologies vital to solving global challenges. They are at the cutting edge of applications driving a modern, sustainable world. Industries utilising PGM powered technologies have a competitive advantage and offer attractive growth opportunities.
By 2050, renewables are projected to increase their share of the energy mix by as much as three times.
PGMs facilitate the lower cost integration of renewables into the energy sector. They are used in photovoltaic solar energy cells and large scale, new battery technologies to enable increased efficiency and improved performance.
The explosion of digitalisation has led to increased demands in the electronics industry for high data storage densities and product durability.
With their magnetic and thermal properties PGMs ensure increasing demands for storage capacity can continue to be achieved reliably and at lower cost.
PGMs are at the vanguard of global emissions control technology in the automotive industry.
PGMs play a critical role in fuel cell electric vehicle systems, improve fuel economy and eliminate harmful emissions. Their exceptional catalytic properties and long-term durability make them invaluable in the technologies driving these applications.
PGMs are used in an increasing range of innovative medical devices vital to support an ageing global demographic.
They are used in anti-cancer treatments, scanners and cardiac rhythm devices. PGMs have unique hypoallergenic characteristics which mean they can be safely implanted in the human body over the long-term.
PGMs possess a unique set of properties and characteristics. Businesses which employ PGM powered technologies differentiate themselves and gain a competitive advantage over their peers. This drives superior returns and underpins the investment opportunity.
NGK's spark plugs are well positioned to grow in the expanding hybrid vehicle segment of the automobile sector. Ruthenium and Iridium are used in NGK's spark plugs to increase durability with a 60 percent longer lifespan than their competitors. As a result of this advantage NGK has enjoyed superior growth rates and consistently higher margins.
Digitalisation and the growth of computing power has led to increased demands for data storage. Western Digital, one of the largest computer hard disk drive ("HDD") manufacturers in the world, uses Platinum and Ruthenium in its HDDs to provide higher data storage capacities and improved data security. The use of PGMs has enabled lower costs while delivering greater reliability and more compact products.
The world will continue to rely on liquid fuels for many years to come. The production of clean burning fuels from waste and alternative feedstocks will be key to meeting future demand.
Through a propriety PGM based catalyst GreyRock produces premium clean burning liquid fuels from alternative and waste resources at less than one percent of the cost of traditional technologies. It eliminates all down-stream processing steps historically required by existing technologies.
Food security and supply has become increasingly important as the global population continues to grow.
Food Freshness’ patented PGM-based technology prolongs the ripening process of fresh produce and extends its shelf life. This unique technology reduces waste and increases profitability for the entire fresh-food supply chain. The range of products has been commercialised with some of the largest UK and US retailers.
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