Synthetic graphite fends off natural competition

By IM Staff
Published: Friday, 30 August 2019

Claims that natural graphite is a cheaper alternative to synthetic material are frequently made in the junior mining sector, but downstream users say there is price parity among end-products. Rose Pengelly reports.

Followers of the graphite market quite often hear mining companies say that the natural form of the carbon mineral is cheaper than the equivalent synthetic graphite, especially when it comes to battery applications.

While there is some justification for this claim, the truth is not as simple as many suggest.

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