- Wollastonite has already many well-known benefits in agriculture
- Testing in a controlled way for the use in the cannabis industry.
- Possibly the first in the industry to do trials.
- Engaged AGRINOVA for Wollastonite Research and Development
- Entered into a Distribution Agreement with AREV Brands, where Vertical will supply its St-Onge wollastonite to AREV for direct distribution to both small-scale craft growing operations and potentially larger-scale Health Canada approved companies directly involved in growing and processing cannabis and hemp.
- Testing of Vertical's St-Onge wollastonite on a range of important agricultural end uses will also be conducted
- Became a member of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), as part of its ongoing efforts to promote and strategically market it's world-class St-Onge wollastonite to a range of potential end-users.
- Research and Development program conducted by AGRINOVA using wollastonite from the Company's St-Onge deposit.
- Focused on research and testing in two key component areas, including characterizing and confirming that Vertical's wollastonite can meet regulatory requirements for agricultural applications in Quebec and investigating potential markets for the St-Onge wollastonite resource.
- The first component results indicate potential for use in the manufacture of slow-mineralizing fertilizer.
- The second market study indicates that wollastonite has a significant potential to be used for maple production (maple syrup production), organic agriculture, sod production, large-scale crops (cereals, corn and soybeans) and boreal forestry (spruce budworm control and post-fire regeneration)
- Potential agricultural demand for wollastonite in the initial target market of Quebec could be in the order of 6,400 tonnes for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, and approximately 274,000 tonnes for the province of Quebec as a whole.
Major Demand in Ceramics Industry:
- Combination of high brightness and low gas release of Wollastonite when heated creates demand
- Brilliant whiteness of importance to coatings and filler markets
Wollasatonite applications are endless
- An industrial mineral comprised chemically of calcium, silicon and oxygen. Its molecular formula is CaSiO3 and its theoretical composition consists of 48.28% CaO and 51.72% SiO2.
- Twenty-three (23) drill holes totaling 1,784.0 metres were completed
- Twenty (20) drill holes intersected high-grade wollastonite zones, confirming excellent continuity and correlation with the thickly mineralized zones intersected by previously reported historical drill holes.
- Sixteen (16) drill holes intersected high-grade wollastonite zones right up until the end of the hole, which are all open at depth.
- A total of 1,107.5 meters of high-grade wollastonite mineralized core length was intersected, representing approximately 62% of all drilled core length.
Wollastonite is an industrial commodity, and is the only naturally non-metallic, white acicular mineral. Because of its unique cleavage properties, wollastonite breaks down during crushing and grinding into needle shaped particles of varying acicularity. This particular morphology imparts high-strength and is of considerable importance in many markets and applications ranging from plastics and ceramic tile to vehicle brake pads, thermal insulation board, paints, protective industrial coating and agriculture. It is alos used as a replacement for short-fiber milled fiberglass and short-fiber asbestos. The combination of high brightness and low gas releases when heated creates major demand in the ceramic industry, and the brilliant whiteness is of major importance to its use in the coatings of the industry and filler markets.