Problems with the consistency of flake graphite supply are hampering full capacity utilisation of battery grade graphite in China.
Impurities in spherical graphite – a micronized and purified form of flake graphite – are preventing fringe producers from entering the market in a significant way, dragging down capacity utilisation rates while leading volume producers like China’s BTR New Energy Materials continue to expand output and dominate the market.
Demand is at an all-time high for battery anode material, driven by a surge in full electric and hybrid vehicle production that has seen lithium-ion battery demand significantly increase . . .