Monthly Archives: March 2016

Chart: Flake graphite capacity utilisation drops below 50%

Weak flake graphite concentrate demand has forced global capacity utilisation under 50% for a second consecutive year. Flake graphite is used primarily in the steel industry – in refractory bricks and as a recarburising agent – and as a feedstock for battery anodes.  Although there was a marginal increase in production as a result of new … Continue reading Chart: Flake graphite capacity utilisation drops below 50%

CDI on cobalt, conflict minerals, & “unjustified stigmatisation” of producers 

By David Weight, President, Cobalt Development Institute (CDI)  For more information on critical mineral supply chains, sign up to Benchmark | Membership today. The need for responsible mining practices is not new and has for many years been at the top of the agenda for many large scale mining companies. This issue has been collectively addressed by the … Continue reading CDI on cobalt, conflict minerals, & “unjustified stigmatisation” of producers