Astris Energi Inc. announced today that Michael M. Liik, President of Liikfam Holdings Inc., is joining the Board of Directors as of December 13, 2004.
For Immediate Release
Astris Energi Welcomes Capital Markets Financier to Board
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Dec. 13, 2004 - Astris Energi Inc. (OTCBB: ASRNF), the world's leading alkaline fuel cell (AFC) technology company, announced today that Michael M. Liik, President of Liikfam Holdings Inc., is joining the Board of Directors as of December 13, 2004.
Mr. Liik has a successful record of investing in and leading both early-stage and high-growth, Canadian public companies. In 1997, he founded Liikfam Holdings, an investment/venture capital company that currently has interests in four operating companies. Formerly, he was a Partner in HSD Partners Inc., a Bay Street merchant bank specializing in acquiring early-stage technology companies. As Chairman and CEO of Cymat Corp., a TSX-listed, materials technology company, he successfully raised over CDN$30 million. He remains a member of Cymat's Board of Directors. He was also Vice-President, Corporate Development at Slater Steel Inc., a TSX-listed, multi-national specialty steel company. Mr. Liik is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) Degree and a Masters of Business Administration Degree.
"Mr. Liik has a unique background that combines considerable operational leadership experience with extensive merchant banking skills,'' said Jiri K. Nor, Chairman and CEO. ``We look forward to benefiting from his comprehensive public company expertise and his experience with institutional financing. His role on the Board will be to lead the Company on its capital markets financing strategy and assist with the raising of additional, significant investment financing for Astris' next stage of development.''
About Astris Energi Inc.
Astris is a late-stage development company committed to becoming the leading provider of affordable fuel cells and fuel cell generators internationally. Over the past 21 years, more than $17 million has been spent to develop Astris' alkaline fuel cell for commercial applications. Astris is commencing pilot production of its POWERSTACK MC250 technology in 2004. Astris is the only publicly traded company in North America focused exclusively on the alkaline fuel cell. Additional information is also available at the company's website at http://www.astris.ca.
Any statements in this release that are not statements of fact may be considered ``forward looking statements'' as that term is defined under securities laws in the United States and Canada. Forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual events or results.
Source: Astris Energi Inc.
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