GLOBAL GRAPHITE SNAPSHOT: Weak demand pulls down European amorphous market

By Jon Stibbs, Huaqing Fu
Published: Thursday, 17 October 2019

Key data from the graphite pricing sessions in Asia and Europe for the week ending on Thursday October 17.


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

Previous week's price Weekly % change

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

630

630

0

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

470

475

-1.1

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

795

795

0

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

680

680

0

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

540

540

0

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

820

820

0

Graphite Spherical, 99.95% C, 15 microns

2,500-2,600

2,500-2,600

0

Graphite Amorphous, 80% C, -200 mesh

320-340

320-340

0

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

350-430

370-450

-4.9


China

  • Some consumers restocked graphite flake ahead of winter because the weather is likely to limit graphite mining activities in northern China, which is a production hub.
  • Buyers were able, however, to source material that is available in the market without driving up flake prices.

Europe

  • Buyers have driven down prices of amorphous graphite following soft demand from the refractories sector.
  • The price range of amorphous graphite in China narrowed downward earlier in the month, which would also suggest lower priced material was available in the market.
  • The price of -100 mesh 94% C material ticked downward in response to a slow weakening in demand from the steel industry.

Graphite flake premium calculator

The VIU was updated on October 3 for the fourth quarter 2019 to 6.7% from 4.9% in the third quarter.

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

Carbon VIU in %

6.7 4.9
2.8

 graph q4 viu

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 would be 7% more expensive than 95% material and that 97% carbon content material would be 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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