KENT TOWN, Australia — Sparc Technologies Limited announced the appointment of Mike Bartels as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective March 1, 2021. Bartels will fast track the technical and commercial business units and work streams currently underway. He has experience in sales and marketing with major multinational coatings companies in Australia and internationally, including Sherwin Williams and AkzoNobel. Sparc Technologies reports that Bartels is an expert at developing strategy, setting vision and executing plans to deliver growth. He brings a vast depth of experience to Sparc given his previous roles as Global Head of Marketing, Business Development Manager and Sales Director for Paint, Protective Coatings and Insulation Products for major multinational coatings companies.

As part of this change to the Senior Executive team, Tom Spurling will stand aside as Managing Director. Spurling will remain on the board as a Non-Executive Director. The company looks forward to his continued input and support in this capacity.

Bartels, commented, “I am truly excited to be joining Sparc at this pivotal time as we pioneer new graphene technologies to disrupt and transform industry and science for a cleaner, greener and healthier world. Sparc has an enormous opportunity to reshape multi-billion dollar markets underpinned by exclusive IP, harnessing graphene as a new super material. We will be looking to accelerate multiple projects aimed at reducing global carbon footprints and emissions, increasing durability, longevity and sustainability of products and infrastructure across large industrial markets, create new technologies for environmental remediation and aim for better human health outcomes.

"Our graphene enhanced coatings for example, have been demonstrated to aid in durability and longevity which therefore lead to longer lasting, more sustainable, non-toxic solutions which can be deployed across the world. We are now exploring how our unique coatings technologies can also be used to substantially reduce drag, fuel usage and global carbon footprints and as we understand more of the remarkable and unique properties of our exclusive graphene applications, we will continue to develop new and exciting uses in line with our mission. I am proud to join Sparc’s world-leading team and help direct our journey to become the leading applied graphene technology developer in the world.”

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