BLACK CHINA BLOG >> Anodes


Reuters today carried a story that several steel and nickel pig iron factories in the Shandong city of Linyi have been ordered to close as a result of the crackdown on pollution in China. Our friends at Sunstone have advised us that this shutdown had no effect on their operations.  Although their flagship anode factory […]

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Kazakhstan has only one aluminium smelter (KAS) which is owned by the Kazakhstan government and is located in Pavlodar.  With annual production capacity of 250kt, KAS needs 125kt of anode theoretically.  According to our database, they run at relative higher operating rate, over 95% in latest 3 years, therefore the consumption of anode was quite […]

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India increased purchases of anodes from China throughout the first quarter of this year, with 75kt in total. So far, India has already become the largest importer of China anodes, over Malaysia who was the largest importer in 2013. The volumes India took within first quarter 2014 were 80% of 2012 and 65% of 2013 […]

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An interesting press release landed on my desk the other day. According to the press release, China’s Chalieco, the engineering division of Chinalco, has signed an agreement with an Australian company for the supply of graphite from a mine in Mozambique.   The press release was issued by the miner, a company called Syrah Resources, […]

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We recently met up with anode virtuoso and Managing Director of Aminco Resources, Michael Wrotniak in Beijing.  For readers who aren’t familiar with his background, here’s a brief intro: I’ve worked for Aminco since 1991 when I was introduced to my two current business partners by my father who spent his career working for Great Lakes Carbon […]

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These days in the news, there seems to be a great number of expansions in anode capacity, either Greenfield or Brownfield. Two recent projects are to serve global markets and are located in Shandong Province. We have found that more than 4 million tons of new capacity will flow into the anode market no later […]

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