Graphite price tracker: July 2014
Published: Thursday, 10 July 2014
IM Data outlines the key flake graphite price trends of the past 18 months
Flake graphite prices showed signs of recovery in Q2 2014,
with Chinas flake graphite consolidation plans increasing
fears of a supply squeeze.
Despite suppliers attempted to leverage higher prices following
the news of impending closures in Heilongjiang province,
increases were short-lived, with weak demand leaving prices
only marginally higher over the quarter.
Although these supply-side issues prompted the first signs of
an upturn in prices for over 18 months, sales remained slow
across the market.
Here IM Datas Price
Tracker monitors the movement of five key flake graphite grades
since Q1 2013.
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Q2 Price Review:
Consolidation plans, which
could reduce output by up to 60,000 tpa, were announced in
Heilongjiang province in April 2014.
Flake graphite sales
improved in May 2014, as consumers replenished
Fears of a potential supply
squeeze cause Chinese producers to up list prices.
By early June, market prices
had increased in reaction to Heilongjiang supply
Weak demand saw prices
stabilise at slightly higher levels by the end of Q2
On average, prices up 2.7% over Q2 2014, but down
15.1% on Q1 2013.
Prices for 94-97% C grades up 4.5% in May
Biggest rebound in prices for 94-97%, 80 mesh
grades from Qingdao, China (FOB).