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The Panthera expandable graphite facility, in India, has largely concluded its testing and production ramp up, with full production of at least 150 t set to be reached in the short term.

Panthera is a 50:50 joint venture between Metachem Manufacturing and ASX-listed Evion.

Evion has announced that a study is under way to investigate a further expansion to satisfy strong demand.

“We’re delighted with progress of our JV operations in India over the last few months. There has been a substantial amount of testing and refining to production processes to ensure we produce a range of premium products to meet the ever-growing demand for our product,” said Evion MD David Round.

“Apart from selling to Europe, we have extensive enquiries from buyers in the US and Asia and this gives

us great confidence that we should move forward and increase the plant’s production output.”

The JV is currently in the process of concluding fixed price contracts for the acquisition of much of the graphite concentrate needed to meet production over the next 12 months.