SBI was founded by a group of Bavarian investors that intend to bridge the gap between mining operations and metal processing companies through fractional mine ownership. This means, in short, that a broad base of shareholders from all areas of metal processing activity accumulate sufficient capital to attain significant stakes in mineral projects and, by taking a stake in a portfolio of mining and exploration projects, will contribute to securing sustainable material flows to European metal processors.
SBI has been designed and created to build a strong network of partners that intend to reliably supply metal products for the European market, even in challenging and distressed market conditions. Therefore, SBI will foster and promote collaboration with metal processors with respect to future supply estimates, to allow flexibility with exploration and production of metals estimated for future market trends.
SBI would like to encourage its partners and shareholders from the metal processing sector to share scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activity that may impact work-flows and production volume and to collaborate with SBI in brownfield-exploration and development and in improving the overall production process to achieve optimized results.
Furthermore, SBI is committed to strengthening Research and Development ties with our scientific partners for improved efficacy of the entire exploration and production process, including the evaluation of applications for big data analytics and automation, not only to improve the mining process but to assess market trends.
In all areas of business activity, SBI is committed to respect the environment by seeking out exploration and mining methods with a minimal environmental footprint and support capacity building for local communities while respecting the interests of all stakeholders.
SBI - Sons of Bavaria Investment AG - is committed to bridging the gap between metal mining operations and metal-processing operations by way of fractional mine ownernship. SBI will be exploring mineral deposits in Australia and Canada to gain direct access to future mining operations. In addition, SBI will explore options to enter into partnerships with existing mining operations in Australia and Canada to gain access to a steady flow of metals and minerals.
By building a broad base of shareholders from all areas of metal processing activity and by working closely with European metal processors, SBI AG will accumulate sufficient capital to attain significant stakes in mineral mining and exploration projects. While the shareholders profit from the margin gained by successfully developing mineral projects, SBI AG will also be able to ensure that the produced material will be delivered to European metal processors.
SBI will be cooperating with the Hongkong Mercantile Exchange and the London Metal Exchange to make sure all deliveries comply with standard good delivery terms. SBI will be focusing on sustainable production and environmentally benign mining methods. SBI will be respecting local stakeholders interests in mining activities, community building, and continuous capacity building and training opportunities with respect to the local work force.
By following through on the above outlined commitment, SBI intends to contribute to securing Europe‘s future supply of raw materials and therefore support European metal processors as well as the European High-Tech industry in minimizing future supply risks.
SBI is a public company registered in Germany. The board of directors is governed by the German Stock Companies Act. The team currently comprises of investors from Munich who have taken the lead in starting up SBI. This team works with international experts, especially in Australia and Canada, to develop mining projects across the globe. It is planned to increase the number of Executive Directors to a minimum of three directors and the Board Members to a minimum number of seven members as soon as the 2018 capital issue has been completed. It is further planned to establish a European SBI Mining Investment Advisory Panel that is comprised of experienced leaders within the European Mining Industry. This Panel shall advise the Executive Directors of SBI on future investments into mining operations.
Mr. Kummerow was born in Germany in 1949 and got his High School Diploma in La Puente, California, USA in 1967. He joined the German Navy in 1968 and has graduated from the German Naval Academy in 1970. After his turn in the German Navy he has attended Business Classes and Law Classes at Nuremberg-Erlangen University. Mr. Kummerow has served on Corporate Boards in California and Germany in Electric-Vehicle-Manufacturing and Personal Transport. He has been honourably discharged from the Federal German Navy ROC as a Captain in 2000. Today his personal interests are global mining and imports of metals and ores to Europe. Due to his previous experience in EV-Manufacturing Mr. Kummerow is well aware of the factors that will be driving the demand for metals in large volume battery production. He is fluent in German, English and French and has a basic knowledge of Italian, Spanish and Portugese. Mr. Kummerow is also a private pilot with German and US-American pilot licenses. He is a member of the Western Australia Mining Club in Perth, WA.
Dr Frank Leschhorn, born in 1947, is a German citizen and a Permanent Resident in Australia. After extensive internship work in many mining industries in Germany, the US and Africa, he studied mining engineering at Technical University Clausthal.
Having his engineer degree in mining he became assistant lecturer in economics of mining and minerals resources until his PhD in 1980. He became employed by BASF AG in the following year and worked on the Auguste Victoria coal mine in Marl, which was taken over by RAG in 1995. Titled Director and General Manager, Frank Leschhorn became responsible for RAG Australia Ltd in 1999 and acquired two high-productive coking coal mines (open-cut and underground) in Queensland, Australia. When RAG sold all its international coal assets in 2014 he started his own business as an independent mining consultant.
He became engaged in metal mining and was appointed Director of Deutsche Rohstoff Australia Ltd. For them he found a gold mining project and later a tungsten-molybdenum mine in Queensland which were successfully developed and operated. Frank Leschhorn is well known in the international network of mining people.
He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM), of the German Society of Metallurgists and Miners (GDMB) as well as the German-Australian Chamber of Industry & Commerce (AHK Sydney).
Andreas Kees is a German citizen, born in Munich, Germany in 1969. He is a Certified Insurance Broker and has a degree in Law from Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. Mr. Kees is financially independent as a successful longtime investor in the Munich Real Estate Business. He also ownes and operates retail firms in Munich and is well connected within his home-town Munich.
Dr Uta Alisch is a German citizen. She finished her PhD in lignite resource modelling and estimation in 1987 at the Mining Academy Freiberg.
Dr. Alisch has over 30 years experiences in mining geology and mineral exploration, resource estimation, approval procedures with integrated environmental impact assessment studies and mine closure procedures. She has accompanied various international mineral exploration projects and is experienced in project management and leading multi-disciplinary teams.
Sissy Nguyen has just finished her studies as a Bachelor of Science in General Management at EBS University for Business and Law at Oestrich-Winkel, Germany. Sissy has also gathered experience abroad in France, Great Britain and the USA.
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