Graphite latest news

  • March 2016

    Regulatory pressures steer Indian graphite industry into troubled waters

    31 March 2016

    Toughening environmental legislation and regulatory changes have raised graphite production costs in India, causing domestic buyers to turn to low-cost Chinese material.

  • Graphite players join forces to produce anode material for batteries

    30 March 2016

    Six graphite companies have partnered to acquire a spherical graphite mill in the US in order to produce anode material for lithium-ion batteries – a sector likely to drive growth in the graphite space with the increasing use of electric vehicles.

  • Tata Steel closure of UK business latest death knell for refractories

    30 March 2016

    The closure of Tata Steel's UK plants is expected to weigh heavily on industrial minerals markets. At the time of writing it was not clear whether or not the operations would be closed down, sold off or rescued by the UK government. Whatever the outcome, Tata's decision to pull out of its British steel business is a body blow for UK and European refractories producers, which rely on steel consumers.

  • Underground strike disrupts operations at KGLL graphite mine

    30 March 2016

    Sri Lankan miners at Kahatagaha Graphite Lanka Ltd. have commenced a hunger strike 1,100 feet underground, causing concerns over regularity of operations and security of supply from the natural graphite mine.

  • Low purity graphite grades revised down

    24 March 2016

    Price review: Flake graphite prices for low carbon grades were revised down by an average of 19% following the slump seen in demand from major end markets coupled with excessive capacities preventing any industrial rebound.

  • Price Briefing 18 – 24 March

    24 March 2016

    Graphite and fluorspar prices hindered by low demand and excess supply; TiO2 price improvements a long way away; falling frac sand prices show no sign of recovery.

  • Graphite trades slow down as industrial activity decreases

    23 March 2016

    Market commentary: Following a year of persistent slowdown in demand, Q2 2016 is likely to turn out another weak quarter as flake graphite trades put supply side pressure on prices and traders indicate an availability of excessive material amid stagnating demand.

  • China’s natural graphite supplies to fall in H1 2016

    22 March 2016

    Toughening environmental regulations, falling prices and a stagnant demand pool has meant that many Chinese graphite producers have yet to resume operation,s after closing down during the last quarter of 2015. With production figures likely to fall in H1 2016, supply-side pressure on prices has been alleviated.

  • $80million US spherical graphite plant planned

    22 March 2016

    ASX-listed Metals of Africa has revealed plans to build a spherical graphite plant, with an initial investment of $80m, in the US, in order to supply the needs of domestic consumers working in the downstream graphite space.

  • Flake graphite prices into Europe revised down

    18 March 2016

    Price Review: Several European graphite prices have been adjusted to reflect ongoing weakness in the market amid a continuing decline in demand as well as surplus stockpiles.

  • Experts split over achieving UK low carbon energy mix

    18 March 2016

    Lack of certainty undermines confidence, with experts saying that the UK has lost time on nuclear, solar and wind; EV tech investment is “chicken and egg”.

  • PDAC 2016: Juniors trial alternative business models to tempt investors

    18 March 2016

    Rare earths and graphene are still a sore spots for finance. Batteries remains the buzzword for graphite while lithium demand growth could leave market tight.

  • China to add 100,000 tpa graphite capacity in Sichuan

    18 March 2016

    Nanjiang Mining Group has commenced construction of a new mine and plant at Pinghe, which it expects to enter production in May 2017.

  • Price Briefing 11 – 17 March

    18 March 2016

    Prices for fluorspar, graphite, rare earths and zircon all remain stable, despite ructions in markets.

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 11 – 17

    17 March 2016

    Graphite One advances tests of STAX material for coated spherical graphite production; Graphitecorp announces maiden resource for Mount Dromedary; UK’s NGI dismisses fears of IP theft.

  • Graphite consolidation raised again in China

    17 March 2016

    Efforts to concentrate Chinese graphite production in the hands of a few large companies have not solved the problem of resource allocation, particularly in Heilongjiang, where large processing companies have struggled to secure raw material.

  • China’s spherical graphite exports jump as prices soften

    16 March 2016

    Trading of coated spherical graphite has accelerated, while demand for uncoated material was flat to weaker last year than it was in 2014. Prices, meanwhile, remain at the lower end of ranges.

  • Price Briefing 4 – 10 March

    11 March 2016

    Fluorspar prices to remain weak into Q2; vein graphite prices rolled over for 2016; soda ash and TiO2 prices rise in China.

  • Refractories slowdown dampens Chinese graphite operations

    10 March 2016

    Weak graphite demand from the refractories sector, which remains the single largest end market for graphite, has prevented many producers from resuming operations following the Chinese New Year as prices remain under pressure.

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 4 – 10 March

    10 March 2016

    Northern and Graphite One progress advance spherical graphite coating technology; Canada Carbon releases Miller PEA; Graphenea and Plymouth University reveal new graphene properties.

  • Vein graphite prices set at premium to flake again for 2016

    08 March 2016

    Despite the slowdown in graphite demand, Sri Lanka’s vein graphite prices have been set high for the year ahead, while orders for the pure natural carbon remain stable.

  • Price Briefing 26 February – 3 March

    04 March 2016

    Stability reported in fluorspar, kaolin and silica sand markets; amorphous graphite comes under pressure but lithium to continue rising in 2016.

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 26 February – 3 March

    03 March 2016

    Triton enters administration days after switching project focus; Syrah signs offtake for traditional graphite markets in Asia; Flinders produces spherical graphite from Woxna ore.

  • China’s amorphous graphite prices face further headwinds

    01 March 2016

    Lower trading volumes and limited demand have pulled down amorphous graphite prices, as cheaper blended material and tax evasion create confusion in the market.

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