Roskill: graphite prices could push higher on tightening markets for batteries & electrodes

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First, environmental plant closures in the raw material coal needle coke industry hampered the production of graphite electrodes. At the same time, consumption of graphite electrodes in electric arc furnaces (EAFs) began to rise as the Chinese government took steps to halt production of poor quality induction furnace steel. Chinese exports of scrap steel increased from around 1,000 t in 2016 to 2.2

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