The market vendors faced a threat from Chinese graphite electrode manufacturers that were exporting products at relatively lower rates, and ensure the high quality of products.
The global electric arc furnace (EAF) steel production was 405.94 million metric tons in 2015, representing 25% of the total world’s steel production. The EAF steel production capacity utilization rate follows the trend of overall steel industry.
The global graphite electrode market is highly competitive with the presence of several global and regional vendors. There is high competition among vendors, which has resulted in lowered prices and anti-dumping duty act in WTO member countries. In contrast, the demand for graphite electrode has increased over the few years, leading to increased usage in EAF for steel scrap and metal melting processes. This has further strengthened the competition among the vendors.
Top 10 graphite electrodes market vendors
GrafTech International was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Parma, Ohio, US. The company’s product offering includes graphite electrodes, refractory systems, advanced composite materials, needle coke products, and advanced graphite materials.
► Dan Carbon
Dan Carbon was founded in 1994, located in Dandong City, Liaoning Province, northeast of China. As a professional graphite electrode manufacturer in China, the company mainly provides graphite electrodes for usage in electric arc furnace (EAF) steel production. Those products also are used to refining steels in ladle furnaces as well as in other smelting furnaces. Dan Carbon specializes in producing graphite electrode of three grades, RP (regular power), HP (high power) and UHP (ultar-high power) , with diameters of 200 mm to 700 mm.
Currently, Dan Carbon has become one of the leading graphite electrode vendors in China. Equipped with two 3500 MT extrusion machines, one car bottom furnace, four ring furnaces and other advanced facilities, Dan Carbon’s annual capacity has reached to 100,000 tons. The company adheres to the values that quality is the root of a enterprise, as a result, Dan Carbon consistently supply high-performance products to global customers.
► GIL Graphite
Graphite India Limited (GIL) was established in 1967 in collaboration with Great Lakes Carbon Corp (GLCC), US. It is headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The company is engaged in the manufacturing of graphite electrodes and miscellaneous graphite products and waterproof graphite equipment and spares.
► SGL Carbon
SGL Carbon, together with its subsidiaries, is a manufacturer of carbon and graphite products. It supplies carbon-based products to a wide range of industries from traditional industrial sectors to new future high-growth areas.
► Showa Denko Carbon
Provides graphite electrode and granular graphite for use in EAF for steel production. performance. These graphite products are used for variety of industrial applications, like for automotive friction materials and EAF steel production.
HEG Ltd, a premier company of this group, is today India’s leading graphite electrode manufacturer. It has one of the largest integrated graphite electrode plant in South Asia, processing the sophisticated UHP (Ultra High Power) Electrodes with technology from SERS-a subsidiary of Pechiney, France.
► Kaifeng Carbon
Kaifeng Pingmei New Carbon Materials Technology Co., Ltd is located at East Industry Area, Kaifeng, Henan Province. The company mainly manufactures ultra high power (UHP) graphite electrodes and nipples with diameters of 500mm (20”), 550mm (22”), 600mm (24”), 700mm (28”).
► Nantong Yangzi Carbon
Nantong Yangzi Carbon Co., Ltd., as the vice-president unit of the China Carbon Industry Association, is among the top 3 domestic largest UHP graphite electrodes producers. Nantong Yangzi Carbon has already set up the cooperation with Matex Co.Japan on the technology of producing UHP graphite electrodes for metallurgy and steel making from 1994. Nantong Yangzi Carbon, also is the earliest manufacturer and exporter of UHP graphite electrodes of various specification.
► Schutz Carbon Electrodes
India's largest selling Arc gouging Carbons and Cinema Arc Carbons manufacturer and exporter SCHUTZ CARBON ELECTRODES PVT. LTD. has been producing a complete range of Arc carbons since year 1978. Our company expanded it's production facility for manufacturing & supply Carbon Grahphite Speciality Products
► Tokai Carbon
Tokai Carbon has dedicated to develop Carbon products that are indispensable to various industries for more than a century as a comprehensive carbon manufacturer. We possess products with world top class quality with highest share in the market and strive for developing carbon materials to meet the future demand which will contribute to the future direction humanity will head in. With our global network, our activity is giving a solution worldwide to contribute to the diversifying market request.
In no particular order, the above list is for reference only.