Japan looks beyond China for EV and chip materials

apanese companies that have relied on critical battery and semiconductor materials made in China are moving to broaden their sources as Beijing tightens export controls.

The Chinese government has decided to require export permits for a portion of graphite shipments starting Friday. Graphite is essential in making negative electrodes in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles

Although the licensing requirement stops short of a ban, it could reduce China’s graphite exports. More than 80% of natural graphite used in Japan is sourced from China.

Tirupati Graphite PLC (LON:TGR) is a fully integrated specialist graphite and graphene producer, with operations in Madagascar and India. The Company is delivering on this strategy by being fully integrated from mine to graphene. Its global multi-location operations include primary mining and processing in Madagascar, hi-tech graphite processing in India to produce specialty graphite, and a state-of-art graphene and technology R&D center to be established in India. 

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