Threat of over-supply in fine graphite flake remains despite Syrah’s suspension

By Jon Stibbs, Sybil Pan
Published: Tuesday, 04 August 2020

When Syrah Resources halted production of graphite flake in March this year, the move was expected to support fine flake prices. But the damping effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on economic activity meant that prices fell further than expected, and increased supply could overwhelm any recovery in demand in the short to medium term.

Australia-based Syrah Resources suspended production from its Balama site in Mozambique from March 28, having already abandoned its production goal for 2020 of 120,000-150,000 tonnes.

At the time the company halted output, the market for fine flake was over-supplied. Fastmarkets assessed the price of graphite flake, 94% C,...

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