GLOBAL GRAPHITE SNAPSHOT: Graphite flake, amorphous and spherical prices hold up despite falling liquidity

By Jon Stibbs, Huaqing Fu
Published: Thursday, 01 August 2019

Key data from the graphite pricing sessions in Asia and Europe for the week ending on Thursday August 1.


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

Previous week's price Weekly % change

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

700

700

0

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

550

550

0

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

830

830

0

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

720

720

0

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

560

560

0

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

870

870

0

Graphite Spherical, 99.95% C, 15 microns

2,700-2,800

2,700-2,800

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 assessment of the 94% C, -100 mesh fob China (-194) flake graphite market was unchanged for the third consecutive week, holding steady amid limited spot activity.

  • Market participants noted minimal new inquiries, with subdued buying interest, in the other Chinese flake, spherical and amorphous markets.

Europe

  • The flake and amorphous markets were stable this week with activity in Europe slowing down for the summer break. This has induced some producers to export to markets outside of Asia, but it is in Asia where activity can still be found.
  • There were reports of a widening disparity in flake bid prices available to producers in different markets in Europe.
  • Prices in Europe could rebound when liquidity increases after the summer break, according to some market participants.

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The VIU was updated on July 4 for the third quarter of 2019, to 4.9% from 8.2% in the second quarter.

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

Carbon VIU in %

4.9 4.9
0

 VIU graph q3

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.'



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