Pandemic takes a toll on non-coal mining leases; six in 2020-21 against 43 in 2019-20

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During the current fiscal, 2020-21, very few non-coal mining leases were allotted. Compared with 43 blocks successfully auctioned in 2019-20, only six leases could be auctioned out so far in the current fiscal, data from the ministry of mines showed. Since the time mining allocation was made mandatory through the auction route in 2015, a […]

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Chinese exports of natural graphite continue to rise; exports increase by 9% during the first half 2018

Chinese exports of natural graphite have continued to rise, reaching an estimated 180 kilo tonnes in the first six months of 2018, a 9 per cent increase on the same period the previous year. Exports which include intermediate products such as spherical graphite, are rising to meet rapid growth in demand from the battery industry. […]

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Indian electrode makers being pushed to cut prices

India’s steel ministry is pushing for electrode makers to cut prices for smaller steelmakers after a 500 percent surge in domestic prices. Till some time back, the Indian manufacturers for graphite electrodes used in electric arc furnaces were looking forward to booming business; all owing to China’s crackdown on pollution levels. As China tightened its […]

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Will China be able to take graphene made out of corn cobs to market?

Chinese scientists have started to manufacture graphene from corn, they announced at a press conference held at Heilongjiang University. This breakthrough means that graphene could now be made more cheaply, greatly expanding the supply of the material which has until now remained relatively small, China’s Global Times reported. Previously, the main source of graphene was graphite. […]

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