Blair Way
(Leading Edge Materials)

CEO, President & Director
Blair Way

Blair Way
(Leading Edge Materials)

CEO, President & Director

Biography

Blair is the CEO, President and Director of Leading Edge Materials, a company focussed on raw materials for Li-ion batteries, materials for high thermal efficiency building products and materials that improve energy generation efficiency. Blair has over 25 years management experience within the resources and construction industry throughout Australasia, Canada, the US, and Europe, and prior to Leading Edge held numerous residential, Project Director, and Project Manager roles within the sector, including spending time as Project Manager of Hatch’s Non-Ferrous Group. Blair holds a BSc (Geology) from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada, an MBA from UQ and is a fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Abstract

Graphite – What Is It Good for? A dull past to make a bright future

The world is changing. Energy storage solutions are showing signs of displacing petroleum as a primary energy source. The supply of critical materials typically comes from the region where this energy storage is manufactured—Asia. 

Consumers are demanding a more sustainable supply chain for energy-storage devices, and this is driving demand for high quality and sustainably produced value-added materials. The graphite sector is responding to this state of change as it transitions from traditional markets to the value-added specialty anode materials of the emerging green energy-storage sector. This presentation will focus on how a European graphite producer aims to become a sustainable supply-chain partner for future energy-storage production in Europe.