BLACK CHINA BLOG >> Cathodes


An interesting press release came across my desk this morning. A trio of companies has announced an agreement to manufacture and market green collector bars to aluminium smelters around the world. For those of you who are not familiar with what goes on underneath the electrolytic cell that generates pure aluminium, a collector bar is […]

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AZ China’s 5th biennial conference will be held in Shanghai September 7-9.  But there are just 33 days to go if you want to make the most of the Early Bird special price. The Early Bird registration fee is just US$1000, but it jumps up from June 1.   Compare that price with other conferences […]

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The October edition of the Black China Report went out this afternoon. If you are a subscriber, you should have received an email from Jane Zhang – check your SPAM folder just in case.   We sent it out as a direct PDF this month, because the normal app that we use is still being […]

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Word filtering though to us in AZ China has it that the Chinese have made another breakthrough in cathode technology. We understand that Qingxin Carbon, the cathode plant in Ningxia province right by the former Alcan smelter, has been able to develop a block which breaks new size records.   the new block, which is […]

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Chalco seems to be very confident in their new 500KA pots.   They have lined 100% of the pots with Qingxin cathode blocks. According to our sources, Qingxin has now supplied something near 4000 pieces to Chalco’s flagship plant in Liancheng.   Since Liancheng has 288 pots, and assuming 10 – 12 blocks per pot, […]

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If you were running an aluminium smelter with 500,000 amps running through each cell, what sort of cathode block would you plump for? The modern market for such blocks can be divided into two – those which are made from anthracite, but with varying percentages of graphite added (commonly called graphitic block), or blocks which […]

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