GLOBAL GRAPHITE SNAPSHOT: Lower offer prices soften Chinese flake price; amorphous and European flake prices stable

By Jon Stibbs
Published: Friday, 21 June 2019

Key data from the graphite pricing sessions in Asia and Europe for the week ending Thursday June 20.



Assessment 
(in $ per tonne)
This week's price

Previous week's price Weekly % change

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

720

720

0

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

570

570

0

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

850

850

0

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

720 720

0

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

580

590

-1.7

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

870

880

-1.1

Graphite Spherical, 99.95% C, 15 microns

2,800-2,900

2,800-2,900

0

Graphite Amorphous, 80% C, -200 mesh

320-370

320-370

0

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

420-500

420-500

0

       

China

  • The downward trend for -194 and +894 material for the export market continued because suppliers cut their offer prices to destock.

  • The Chinese export +194 market was quiet this week amid thin spot activity.

  • Some sources reported aggressive competition for -194 material between domestic and overseas suppliers, which weighed on Chinese supplier offer prices.

Europe

  • The market was stable for graphite flake and amorphous on a cif Europe basis, with only low liquidity.

  • Sentiment in the flake market was soft, with market participants reporting ample supply and a lack of demand.

  • Sales volumes are expected to fall further over summer, according to a producer, who suggested this would weigh on offer prices.

    Graphite flake production premium calculator

    Adjustment  This week's VIU Previous week's VIU Weekly change

    Carbon VIU in %

     8.2  8.2  0.0


     VIU graph

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.

For more information or to provide feedback on this graphite snapshot or if you would like to contribute to the price discovery process, please contact Jon Stibbs/Huaqing Fu by email at: pricing@indmin.com. Please add the subject heading 'FAO: Jon Stibbs/Huaqing Fu - graphite.'

Additional reporting by Huaqing Fu in Shanghai.



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