Graphite Industry News

The Landscape For Graphite Investing

Natural graphite mostly comes in 2 forms - amorphous and flake. Only flake can be used in lithium-ion batteries and other highly technical applications.

Graphite has superb properties that make it well suited for a wide range of industrial applications.

The average electric vehicle contains 30 times more graphite than lithium, however, about 50% of the graphite currently used in anodes is synthetic, not natural flake.

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Graphite stocks on the ASX: The Ultimate Guide

Earmarked as a critical mineral in the United States and the European Union, graphite is a paramount ingredient in numerous industry applications including the surging lithium-ion battery sector. What many lithium punters may not be aware of is the fact the booming lithium-ion battery comprises up to 40 times more graphite than lithium.

While graphite’s uptake in the lithium-ion battery is rocketing, its primary end-use is the global steel industry. The steel sector has stagnated in recent years, but it has begun its upward climb with the World Steel Association estimating global steel production rose 5% during 2017.

As this sector picks up and the lithium-ion battery swallows more of the graphite market, the mineral is facing a near-future of tight supply and resultant price hikes.

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Battery sector to drive major increase in graphite demand

Demand growth for natural flake graphite in Li-Bs is reliant on a shift by end users away from synthetic graphite: Our research suggests that 60% of Li-B anode material is currently sourced from synthetic graphite. While the current preference for synthetic appears driven by requirements for consistent purity and lower quality Chinese graphite dominating global mined supply, cost savings of using flake versus synthetic represent a significant opportunity in our view. If natural graphite can achieve and maintain 60% market penetration by 2020, we estimate that annual demand could increase by +660% to 792ktpa by 2025.

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China Plans Graphite Megafactories to Meet Booming Demand for Battery Storage

China is leading efforts to deliver an almost threefold increase in global graphite processing capacity by 2020, to meet mushrooming lithium-ion battery industry demand.

The Chinese firms Shanshan Technology, BTR New Energy Materials and LuiMao Graphite (in association with BAIC Automotive Group) are building lithium-ion battery graphite anode megafactories with a total processing capacity of 260,000 metric tons per year.

Hitachi Chemical, in Japan, is planning another facility to process 100,000 metric tons of graphite a year. The increases compare to a total estimated global processing capacity of around 200,000 metric tons at present.

Last year, graphite production amounted to just 100,000 metric tons.

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Graphite Market Worth 29.05 Billion USD by 2022

The report "Graphite Market by Application (Refractory, Foundry, Battery, Friction Product, Lubricant), Type (Natural Graphite, Synthetic Graphite), Natural Graphite (Flake, Amorphous, Vein), Region - Global forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets(TM), the market is projected to reach USD 29.05 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2017 to 2022.

Growing demand for lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells, increasing use of graphite in the wind energy industry, and rising use of graphite for the manufacture of structural composite parts used in aircraft are the key factors driving the market.

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Graphite Market Expected to Reach $ 16.8 Billion, Globally by 2023 - Research Nester

The Global Graphite Market is majorly driven by technological advancement in automobile and electronics industry, according to our research report “Global Graphite Market Outlook 2023”. The global graphite market is segmented into product type such as natural graphite and synthetic graphite. Among these segments, synthetic graphite is expected to be the fastest growing market owing to wide-scale application and rising demand in automobile industries.

The global graphite market is predicted to expand significantly at a CAGR of 10.52% over the forecast period i.e. 2016-2023. Moreover, the global graphite market accounted for USD 15.2 Billion in 2015. The graphite market of Asia-Pacific is estimated to register at a CAGR of 4.5% over the forecast period. Moreover, the market accounted the largest revenue share of 66.2% in 2015 in overall graphite market across the globe.

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