Weekly Review: Graphite carbon market is functioning well, graphite electrode prices are still rising (4.19-4.23)
The price of graphite electrodes continued to rise this week.
The current regional price differences in the electrode market are gradually widening. Some manufacturers said that downstream steel mills have lowered prices more, and prices are unlikely to rise sharply. At present, the shortage of supply of small and medium specifications in the electrode market will continue, and the production of enterprises will be more active. Petroleum coke, coal tar pitch, and needle coke in the raw material market have basically maintained stable operations, and market transactions have also performed well.
At present, raw material prices have stabilized and manufacturers’ cost fluctuations have decreased, and support still exists. The downstream steel mills purchase on-demand, and the overall market transaction performance is average. Due to the continuous increase in the price of graphite electrodes, the cost of steel mills is also rising. At present, the steel market is operating at a high level and the intention to purchase raw materials is average.
The recarburizer market is operating steadily this week, with no major fluctuations in manufacturers’ quotations.
At present, the calcined coke recarburizer market is operating steadily. The company maintains a queue for delivery. The supply side is maintained. Downstream purchases are carried out according to rigid demand. At present, the raw material petroleum coke is operating stably, and the market production and sales are basically stable. The possibility of further rise is reduced. Graphitization recarburizers have also been operating steadily. The rise of raw materials has slowed down, and the demand performance has been average. Although the graphitization market has performed well, its role in driving prices is limited. The general calcined coal recarburizer market is operating well.
At present, coal prices are rising well, the cost side support is strong, and downstream demand has increased. Calcined coal recarburizer manufacturers have a certain intention to increase prices.
The needle coke market has been operating steadily this week, with new projects continuing to advance, and enterprises that resume production are also actively producing.
At present, the orders of production companies are good, the production and sales of the needle coke market are flat, and the quotations of companies are not fluctuating much. Petroleum coke and coal tar pitch at the raw material end are relatively strong, and the cost end has strong support for needle coke. The downstream graphite electrodes and anode materials are operating well. The electrode market has risen moderately. The price of anodes has also remained stable. The demand for terminal steel and batteries is good, which is good. The industry chain market remains high.