Flake prices settle higher than expected
Published: Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Prices for medium and large flake graphite stabilise 60% higher than pre-recession levels
The price of medium to large flake graphite material has
stabilised at higher levels than expected following a fall
from unprecedented highs of 2011.
+100 mesh and +80 mesh material ranging from 90 to 94% C has
settled in Q1 2013 at, on average, 46% lower than prices in
2011, the highest the industry has ever seen.
The industry saw continuous price decreases for a 6 month
period between April 2012 and October 2012 but a period of
stabilisation has since taken hold.
Despite the significant drop, many minerals have fared far
worse with fluorspar hitting all-time lows following a
similar 2011 peak.
To put this in context, flake prices are 60% higher than
pre-recession levels (2008-2009) as is demonstrated by
viewing our +80 mesh, 94-97% C price in the IM
Data database (see above).
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