China’s 2018 spherical graphite exports increased by 36% year-on-year as of the end of November 2018 as electric vehicle battery demand surges.
During October, Heilongjiang, China’s largest graphite producing region, reported production of over 90,000 tonnes of spherical graphite from Hegang, a number it seeks to increase to over 100,000 tpa (tonnes per annum) by 2020, with an additional 80,000 tpa targeted for anode supply. Expansion of this scale in one of the country’s key producing regions will further cement China’s dominance in the battery-grade graphite market. These figures should . . .