Papyrus Australia Ltd is the developer of a world-first technology that
converts the waste trunk of the banana palm into alternatives to forest
wood products to be used in the paper, packaging, furniture, building,
construction and other industries.
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Investor FAQs

1. What are the benefits of the technology used to convert the banana fibre into useable products?
2. Why has no one done this before?
3. What are the end products that can be produced from banana fibre?
4. What is Papyrus Australia Ltd’s business strategy?
5. When will Papyrus Australia Ltd. expect to pay dividends?
6. Why should I invest in Papyrus Australia Ltd?
7. What is the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) code for Papyrus Australia Ltd?
8. How can I purchase or sell shares in Papyrus Australia Ltd?
9. How can I find out more information about my shareholding?
10. I’ve changed my address who should I advise?
11. How can I join the Papyrus Australia Ltd’s email list and what happens when I join?
12. What are the head office contact details for Papyrus Australia Ltd?
13. Who are the auditors for Papyrus Australia Ltd?
14. How can I obtain a copy of Papyrus Australia Ltd’s Annual Report?
15. What is Papyrus Australia Ltd’s privacy policy?
16. What does the factory at Walkamin (Queensland) do?



1. What are the benefits of the technology used to convert the banana fibre into useable products?


The manufacturing process has a number of distinct practical and environmental advantages over existing fibre production (wood industry) processes. In short this invention and process converts what would otherwise be deleterious waste into a useable, in demand multitude of products. The benefits include:

 

  • Water – the manufacturing process does not require additional water during production and water is actually a by-product of the production process.
  • Energy – compared to traditional methods of manufacture, the Papyrus process requires only a small percentage of energy currently used. This is because Papyrus uses the existing strong bonds within the banana fibre to create its product whereas conventional timber fibre requires high levels of energy to break those natural bonds.
  • Chemical waste – the Papyrus process does not rely on chemical additives to assist the production process. There is no chemical or toxic waste.
  • Landfill – the production of fibre from timber yields a broad distribution of fibres many of which are too short for practical use. Hence there are significant contributions to landfill from the conventional process which will not result from the Papyrus fibre manufacturing process.
  • Sustainable development – the raw material used to produce the banana fibre is a secondary waste product which would otherwise be disposed of as rubbish or left to rot. The raw material has little or no nutrient contribution to the soil, creates a safety hazard on plantations or requires significant energy to slash or stockpile the material elsewhere. In addition, banana trunks left to rot generate methane (23% more potent than CO2) in significant quantities with negative impact upon the environment.

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2. Why has no one done this before?


Papyrus’ proprietary technology is the cumulative result of more than 15 years of research and development to arrive at an environmentally sustainable process for the transformation of an unutilised resource into useful products with broad appeal across a variety of markets. Whilst the manufacturing process is less complex than other methods using traditional raw materials, e.g., timber, existing technologies do not apply. The Papyrus manufacturing process needed to be developed from the ground up. The existing technologies are also very mature and extremely costly to modify in order to process fibres from alternative raw materials. Additionally, most researchers have not been successful in sourcing a new fibre resource that does not create more problems than are solved by it use. However, after many years of research and development our founder and Managing Director, Ramy Azer, found the banana fibre represents a distinct advantage over traditional alternative fibre sources.

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3. What are the end products that can be produced from banana fibre?

The Papyrus Technology is used to transform the outer and inner layers of the banana trunk into a continuous sheet (veneer) or fibreboard products.

The products derived from the outer layer are of a generally structural or functional nature providing stiffness, high wet strength and low flammability. Additionally the product does not transmit grease, oils, solvents or moisture, even at low thickness. Product applications include:

  • Plywood components or laminates
  • Carton board components
  • Moisture resistant laminates – cartons, boxes & containers
  • Decorative & structural veneers
  • Grease resistant packaging – plates, bowls & cartons
  • Furniture
  • Stationery & stationery components
The products derived from the inner layer are of a generally decorative or functional nature providing an attractive appearance, high wet strength and low flammability. Additionally the product does not transmit grease, oils, solvents or moisture, even at low thickness. Product applications include:
  • Decorative veneers
  • Carton board components
  • Moisture & grease resistant laminates – cartons, boxes & containers
  • High end printing papers
  • Archival applications
  • Grease resistant packaging – plates, bowls & cartons
  • Furniture – veneers
  • Stationery & stationery components

There are many other applications for the product range based upon the unique appearance and physical properties. We are always looking for new applications for our products.

However the immediate focus of Papyrus at the Walkamin facility is in the production of veneer and fibre (that can be converted to board products).

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4. What is Papyrus Australia Ltd’s business strategy?


The Company’s Walkamin factory has been developed to showcase how a banana fibre and veneer factory can be set up and integrated into a functioning banana plantation established for fruit production. Demonstrating the production capability and profitability of a banana fibre and veneer factory is the goal, attracting investors to purchase factories to be established elsewhere in banana growing regions in the world under licence from Papyrus.

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5. When will Papyrus Australia Ltd. expect to pay dividends?

The current policy of the Board of Directors is that any profits realised during the development phase of the company will be invested into the business of the company.

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6. Why should I invest in Papyrus Australia Ltd?

Papyrus Australia Ltd listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in 2005.

The Papyrus manufacturing process exploits patented technology encompassing an environmentally sustainable process with a low carbon footprint. The raw material used to produce the banana fibre is a waste product which would otherwise be disposed of as rubbish or left to rot as there is no existing viable use for banana trunks. Additionally, there is no deforestation or destruction of natural forest resources.

There is a clear demand in the market for cost effective, environmentally sustainable products, however, most researchers have not been successful in sourcing new fibre resource that does not create more problems than are solved by its use. Products manufactured using banana fibres have a smaller carbon footprint and possess enhanced physical properties such as superior moisture and flammability resistance.

The many environmental benefits of this technology makes investing in Papyrus Australia Ltd an investment in helping to save our planet.

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7. What is the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) code for Papyrus Australia Ltd?

The ASX code for Papyrus Australia Ltd is ‘PPY’.

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8. How can I purchase or sell shares in Papyrus Australia Ltd?

If you wish to trade securities and shares on the Australian Stock Market, you will need to contact a licensed stockbroker or online broker to arrange the transaction. There are many broking providers that you may choose from, most of whom can be found in the Yellow Pages or on ASX website. If your securities are broker sponsored and you are wishing to make a trade on these securities you must contact the sponsoring broker.

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9. How can I find out more information about my shareholding?

The Papyrus Australia Ltd. share register is managed by Computershare Limited (Computershare).

Computershare’s contact details are:

GPO Box 2975EE
Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone
+61 (0)3 9415 5000 (main switchboard)
+61 (0)3 9415 4000 (investors)
1300 850 505 (investors within Australia)

Fax
+61 (0)3 9473 2500
(all investor related faxes should be sent to this number)

Internet
www.computershare.com

Computershare provides a number of services which can be accessed online. When accessing some information online you may be required to enter your Security Reference Number (SRN) or Holder Identification Number (HIN) as shown on your Issuer Sponsored/CHESS statements and other personal details such as your postcode.

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10. I’ve changed my address who should I advise?

For Issuer sponsored shares you will need to advise Computershare in writing. Use this link to update your address details or write to Computershare at the above address.

For Broker sponsored shares you will need to notify your broker in writing of your change of address.

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11. How can I join the Papyrus Australia Ltd’s email list and what happens when I join?

Shareholders will receive a copy of our regular newsletter. Non-shareholders and interested parties can also subscribe to receive our regular newsletter by email. If you would like to receive the newsletter via email please send us an email to news@papyrusaustralia.com.au and we will add you to our distribution list.

By choosing to receive this information electronically, you can keep up to date with company announcements, help save the environment and reduce printing and mailing costs.

Your contact information will not be used for any other purpose nor will it be passed onto any third party. You can simply unsubscribe your address if you no longer wish to use this service.

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12. What are the head office contact details for Papyrus Australia Ltd?

Papyrus Australia Ltd
PO Box 566
Torrensville Plaza
Mile End
South Australia 5031
Australia

Telephone: (08) 8186 2936

Email: email@papyrusaustralia.com.au

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13. Who are the auditors for Papyrus Australia Ltd?

Grant Thornton
67 Greenhill Road
Wayville
South Australia 5034
Australia

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14. How can I obtain a copy of Papyrus Australia Ltd’s Annual Report?


A copy of the annual report can be viewed or downloaded from the News section of this website. You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view it. Use this link to view or download a copy of the annual report.

If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed a copy can be downloaded by clicking on the button below:

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15. What is Papyrus Australia Ltd’s privacy policy?

We have a privacy policy which is specific to your use of this website. It includes information on the way we collect, distribute and disclose information.

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16. What does the factory at Walkamin (Queensland) do?



The factory at Walkamin produces banana veneer and has also successfully trialled a fibre production machine producing chip for board production.

The factory is not just a commercialisation production facility its other main functions are in the continued research and development and as a showcase facility promoting the technology and machinery.

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