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What is the major consumer for graphite electrode?

What is the major consumer for graphite electrode?

  • 01-16
major consumer for graphite electrode

China is by far the lowest cost producer for graphite electrode, followed by India. While the biggest consumer by far is also China, with at least of 60% of the market.

 electric-arc furnaces (EAFs) are the biggest consumers of GRAPHITE ELECTRODEs , followed by ladle furnaces.

That is because, EAFs smelt steel scrap while ladle furnaces are used to raise the carbon content of steel.

GRAPHITE ELECTRODEs are indispensable in EAF steelmaking, which is often a more efficient and cheaper alternative to blast-furnace steel making, but this is dependent on energy costs.

EAF steel making involves using recycled steel scrap and emits much less CO2 than a blast furnace, making it the more environmentally favorable choice for producing steel.

EAFs need electrodes of large diameter and high quality, otherwise they break when conducting electric current.

In contrast, ladle furnaces usually operate with an electrode diameter of less than 300mm.

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By country, the biggest consumer by far is China, with at least 60% of the market. 

About 80% of Indian production is consumed domestically.

Changes in the GRAPHITE ELECTRODEs market can be roughly linked to movements in the crude steel market.

While the size of the markets in China and India have significantly increased in volume year-on-year so far in 2019, they have shrunk slightly in the US and Europe.

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