Back to black

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Thursday, 14 December 2017

The graphite industry has gone through a year marked by abrupt changes in supply patterns and market prices - various factors shook up the sector after years of weakness. Demand from refractories and batteries is growing, injecting new hope to the industry, Industrial Minerals deputy editor, Davide Ghilotti writes.

It has been quite a year for graphite, one in which security of supply and price swings have pushed the mineral back onto the main commodities stage.

Looking back on a year in which there were arguably more changes than in the previous five or six years combined, one thing...