GLOBAL GRAPHITE SNAPSHOT: Lower offer prices weigh on flake in China, -894 flake in Europe; amorphous price stable

By Jon Stibbs
Published: Thursday, 13 June 2019

Key data from the graphite pricing sessions in Asia and Europe for the week ended on Thursday June 13.

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Graphite flake, 94% C, +100 mesh, cif Europe




Graphite flake, 94% C, -100 mesh, cif Europe




Graphite flake, 94% C, +80 mesh, cif Europe




Graphite Flake, 94% C, +100 mesh, fob China 




Graphite Flake, 94% C, -100 mesh, fob China




Graphite Flake, 94% C, +80% mesh, fob China




Graphite Spherical, 99.95% C, 15 microns, fob China




Graphite Amorphous, 80% C, -200 mesh, fob China




Graphite Amorphous, 80-85% C, -200 mesh, FCL, cif Europe





  • All grades of China’s flake graphite export prices fell amid ample supply and stagnant demand.

  • Exporters cut offer prices amid a bearish outlook and downward pressure on the export market due to aggressive competition between domestic and cheaper overseas materials. 

  • Buyers abroad took a watchful stance in response to the downtrend in prices.

  • Some sources believe that the price difference between Chinese -194 flake graphite and European -194 flake graphite will continue to narrow in the near term.


  • The market for +894 flake material fell in response to some producers dropping offer prices, while the other flake prices were stable.

  • Additional volumes of graphite flake from East Africa have been identified in the European market, which many market participants expect to weigh on the range of flake prices, especially for -194 material. 

  • There were reports that some suppliers have raised their offer prices for flake however, in response to increased demand from end users.

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The Carbon-VIU measures, in percentage terms, the price value of one extra % of carbon content as seen in the market.

The VIU is calculated using statistical methods and the large amount of prices and data collected by Fastmarkets. The VIU shown is the value implied by the market and not an in-house assessment.

An example of what the Carbon-VIU means practically: A published Carbon-VIU of 7% means that material with 95% carbon content is priced by the market, on average, 7% more expensive than 94% carbon content material, assuming other factors are equal.

Likewise, it means that 96% carbon content material is 7% more expensive than 95% material and that 97% carbon content material is 7% more expensive than 96% or 21% more expensive than 94% carbon.

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Additional reporting by Huaqing Fu in Shanghai.

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