The 24-Hour Hydrogen Challenge is a rally for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) showing the world that driving with Hydrogen is already a reality. The rally takes place in in Germany in conjunction with the Stuttgart f-cell conference on September 29-30.
For Impact Coatings, 2020 ended with an intense fourth quarter. We completed the production of three coating systems: one for a German technology supplier to the textile industry; one for HELLA in Slovenia; and one for our development partner Hyundai in Korea. All three machines were shipped from our facility in Linköping, Sweden. Installation and acceptance of the coating machine for Germany was completed during the quarter, while the installation in Slovenia was somewhat delayed from the original plan but was completed in January. Installation of the Hyundai machine is planned for the first quarter of 2021.
In addition, we completed a smaller coating system sale during the quarter. A European automotive supplier had rented an INLINECOATE P200 since the end of 2018 and decided to exercise its purchase option in the rental agreement. The overall deal structure has been beneficial for the company while it also demonstrates our flexibility in meeting the varying needs of our customers.
In late November we opened a branch office in Seoul, a result of our Joint Development Agreement with Hyundai. With specialized technical expertise now in place, our development work in fuel cell coating solutions with Hyundai is more efficient. The office will also serve as a regional hub for our sales activities across all application areas, primarily in Korea, China, and Japan.
Hyundai is increasingly recognized as one of the global leaders in the growing hydrogen economy, above all in future transportation systems. This illustrates the potential for Impact Coatings in our cooperation initiated during 2019. We experience daily that our joint development work with Hyundai gives us credibility in our discussions with existing and potential customers, whether vehicle manufacturers or automotive suppliers.
2020 also became the year that the world ? industry, politicians, media, and investors ? genuinely began to appreciate the potential of hydrogen in tomorrow?s fossil-free energy systems. Korea, Japan, and China have been pioneers both politically and industrially, but in 2020 the EU Commission launched a comprehensive hydrogen strategy with significant investment goals in the expansion of green hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and application development. In industry, there is now an ongoing positioning of technical approaches, with consolidation and cooperation among large players, often in unexpected constellations. Impact Coatings ? with our patented coating solutions for fuel cell flow plates ? is uniquely relevant for the market opportunity that hydrogen electrification presents.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the company?s second strong pillar lies within automotive safety and autonomous vehicles, where Impact Coatings offers cost-effective coating solutions for mission-critical plastic components. The two system orders for radomes, radar-transparent emblems, that we received during 2020 are important steps forward in this new market. This is further strengthened by a system order for the same application from HELLA MINTH in China during February.
We also see strong potential in our coating solutions for radar antennas that are placed behind the radome, as well as for plastic antennas that will be manufactured at low cost and in high volumes within the automotive industry and for IoT and 5G. During the fourth quarter, we signed a framework agreement with Swedish antenna innovator Gapwaves for plastic metallization coating services linked to a cooperation that Gapwaves has with the American company Uhnder. The framework agreement does not guarantee order volumes nor does it specify a production start date.
The ability to deliver ? as we have proven despite the pandemic during the year ? is one of our competitive strengths and the result of true teamwork. This applies to our coating systems, aftermarket sales, and Coating Services. I would like to congratulate and thank the entire Impact Coatings team for its professionalism and hard work during the past year.
REPORT FROM THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF IMPACT COATINGS AB (PUBL) The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Shareholders of Impact Coatings AB (publ), which is listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market, was held today. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was conducted, with the support of temporary statutory rules, by advance vote (postal vote). There were 6 participants representing 3.3% of the total outstanding votes. Among other items, the AGM decided:
To approve the income statement and balance sheet for 2020, as proposed by the Board of Directors.
To allocate the annual result according to the Board?s proposal.
That the Board of Directors and CEO Torbjörn Sandberg were granted release from liability.
To elect Mark Shay, Christian Sahlén, Sukhwan Yun, Göran Malm and Per Wassén to the Board of Directors, and to re-elect Mark Shay as Chairman of the Board.
That remuneration of SEK 180,000 shall be paid to the Board?s ordinary members and remuneration of SEK 300,000 shall be paid to the Chairman of the Board, with no additional remuneration for committee work.
That Öhrlings PricewaterhouseCoopers AB (?PwC?), with lead auditor Johan Palmgren, is elected company auditor.
That the procedure for constituting the next Nomination Committee was approved.
To approve the Board's proposal to introduce a warrant-based incentive program for employees.
To reject the Nomination Committee's proposal to introduce a warrant-based incentive program for certain Board members.
That the Board of Directors is granted a mandate to decide on the issuance of shares and/or options and/or convertible securities.
That the Board of Directors is granted a mandate to make minor corrections to decisions taken at the annual general meeting as related to registration with the Swedish Companies Registration Office and Euroclear Sweden AB. Accendo Capital SICAV RAIF, which owns 6,816,016 shares in Impact Coatings, corresponding to 12.04% of shares outstanding, submitted its duly filled ballot, voting in favor of all company proposals. Due to an administrative error at the custodian bank, the votes are not included in the official vote count, but are provided here for informational purposes. Including the votes in the official vote count would not alter the voting outcome as reported https://storage.mfn.se/...eral-meeting-of-impact-coatings-ab-publ.pdf