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Battery grade graphite set for record year

China’s output of spherical graphite has continued to go from strength to strength in Q2 2015 on the back of strong lithium ion battery demand from Asia. The country, which produces 95% of the world’s uncoated spherical graphite – the semi processed material that makes a battery’s anode – has continued to see output surge … Continue reading Battery grade graphite set for record year

GrafTech takeover zeros in on new energy & defence

Canada’s Brookfield makes $700m bet on leading US producer and graphite’s emerging role in new energy, defence and nuclear markets An affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management Inc has launched a takeover bid for GrafTech International Ltd, one of the world’s leading producers of steel electrodes and value-added graphite products. An offer of $5.05 per share, … Continue reading GrafTech takeover zeros in on new energy & defence

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Disruptive Technology: Supply Chain Impact

As part of our Supply Chain 20/20 initiative, Benchmark launches a new white paper examining the impact of disruptive technology on critical raw materials As leading global companies such as Apple, Google and Tesla Motors push forward with the commercialisation of new, disruptive technologies, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence analyses the impact this is having on critical raw … Continue reading Disruptive Technology: Supply Chain Impact

Benchmark to speak at foundry seminar, Germany

15 June 2015, Essen, Germany: Benchmark invited to speak on graphite’s position in the foundry market at IMFORMED seminar > Free battery supply chain seminars > Join our new Linked In Group > Benchmark Twitter Readers of Benchmark Notes receive a 10% discount by quoting “Benchmark” when ordering here. Early bird registration ends this Friday, save €125 Benchmark Mineral Intelligence … Continue reading Benchmark to speak at foundry seminar, Germany

China delays flake graphite restarts

Winter conditions prolong flake graphite production slowdown; prices slide as suppliers offload inventories > Free battery supply chain seminars > Join our new Linked In Group > Benchmark Twitter Much of China’s flake graphite production remains offline following a prolonged suspension of operations in many areas due to severe winter conditions. While the closures have eased pressure … Continue reading China delays flake graphite restarts