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Trends in the Natural Stones Business

Joseph Sam, Editorial Advisor, Interviews Markus Balke of Balke & Partners on their participation at MarmoMac 2019 and his perspective on the trends in the Natural Stone business. Balke & Partners are a Global Advisory firm in the Natural Stone business with the focus on investment advisory, stone & product innovations, marketing & distribution strategy & implementation and company re-engineering. They have operations in Europe, Africa, the Americas and quiet recently in Asia. Joe : Hi Markus your firm has been an active consulting firm in the Natural Stone industry globally – how do you see the natural stone business evolving …

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A lesson From China – Coastal Economy

Of the many setbacks that the mining industry faces, one was highlighted in a report published in Business Standard last week- steep logistics cost! According to the report, logistics costs is the stone tied to the legs of our mining companies, the load that slows them down in a fiercely competitive global race. India’s logistics cost as a percentage of GDP is 14 %  against the US and Japan’s 10% and EU’s 11%. For the costs to come down, the constraints in infrastructure have to be dealt with. In a country like India where grave issues like poverty, poor health care, and …

Now the beach is deserted except for some kelp

India is losing out with Rare Earth Metals