Increasing Demand from the Lithium-Ion Battery Industry
Uncoated spherical graphite, coated spherical graphite (CSPG), and lithium-ion anode paste are used as anode material in lithium ion batteries, for mobile consumer appliances, electric vehicles, and stationary energy storage devices. The three main drivers of the demand for CSPG include - transportation batteries (significant growth), stationary or commercial or utility grid storage batteries (exponential growth), and consumer electronics batteries (moderate growth).
The current consumption of Li-ion batteries is around 105,000 metric ton (60,000 natural CSPG and 45,000 synthetic). As there is no CSPG production in North America, two US-based graphite companies, Graphite One and Alabama Graphite, have included facilities for turning graphite concentrate into coated, purified, spherical graphite (also known as CPSG), in order to capture the fast growing lithium-ion battery market. With a booming lithium-ion battery industry, the demand for special graphite is projected to increase substantially during the forecast period.
In 2017, the electronics end-user industry dominated the market studied.
Isotropic Graphite Segment to Dominate the Market
The isotropic high-density graphite is strong and more reliable than conventional graphite. Conventional graphite is anisotropic, which limits its use in various applications. The isotropic graphite products find various applications in a wide range of industries. They are used for solar cell manufacturing and aerospace applications. In the electronics industry, isotropic graphite is used for the manufacturing process of polycrystalline silicon, white LEDs, etc. The other applications include - industrial furnaces and casting dies for copper alloys. As these industries continue to grow, the demand for isotropic graphite is expected to increase until 2023.
Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market
Asia-Pacific is the largest segment of the market studied and accounted for around 46% of the global market, in 2017. The growth of the Asia-Pacific special graphite segment is primarily dependent on the growth of its end-user industries, such as electronics, foundry, and photovoltaic, in countries, such as China, India, Japan, and South Korea. China has one of the largest semiconductor industries and registered a growth of 19.4% in 2016 and almost 20.0% in 2017. According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM), due to an increase in the country’s electronics manufacturing base, the Indian electronics industry is expected to reach USD 112-130 billion at the end of 2018. The growth of these industries is expected during the forecast period, thus boosting the market studied.
Key Developments in the Market
- January 2018 - SGL Group decided to invest around EUR 25 million on the expansion of its production capacities at the Bonn site for over four years, including new production systems and a new hall.
- July 2017 - Tokai Carbon decided to increase its prices (15% increase) of specialty graphite products.
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1.1 Research Phases
1.2 Study Deliverables
1.3 Scope of the Report
2. Executive Summary
3. Market Insights
3.1 Industry Value-Chain Analysis
3.2 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
3.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.2.5 Degree of Competition
4. Market Dynamics
4.1.1 Supportive Government Policies for Solar Energy
4.1.2 Augmenting Demand from the Booming Lithium-Ion Battery Industry
4.1.3 Mounting Demand for Expandable Graphite as a Flame Retardant
4.2.1 Tightened Supplies of Graphite Electrodes by China
4.2.2 Development of Lithium Titanium Oxide as an Anode in Lithium-Ion Batteries in Higher End Applications
4.3.1 Graphite Used in PVD and CVD Techniques
5. Market Segmentation and Analysis (Market Size, Growth, and Forecast)
5.1 By Type
5.1.1 Extruded Graphite
5.1.2 Isotropic Graphite
5.1.3 Molded Graphite
5.2 By End-user Industry
6. Regional Analysis (Market Size, Growth, and Forecast)
6.1.4 South Korea
6.1.5 ASEAN Countries
6.1.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific
6.2.3 United Kingdom
6.2.6 Rest of Europe
6.3 North America
6.3.1 United States
6.3.4 Rest of North America
6.4 South America
6.4.3 Rest of South America
6.5 Middle East & Africa
6.5.1 Saudi Arabia
6.5.2 South Africa
6.5.3 Rest of Middle East & Africa
7. Future of the Market
8. Competitive Landscape
8.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
8.2 Market Share Analysis**
8.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
9. Company Profiles (Overview, Financials**, Products & Services, and Recent Developments)
9.1 Fangda Carbon New Material Co. Ltd
9.2 Graftech International
9.3 Graphite India Ltd
9.4 Ibiden Co. Ltd
9.5 Mersen SA
9.7 Nippon Carbon Co. Ltd
9.8 Pingdingshan Kaiyuan Special Graphite Co. Ltd
9.9 SEC Carbon Ltd
9.10 SGL Group The Carbon Company
9.11 Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd
9.12 Toyo Tanso Co. Ltd
9.13 Yichang Xincheng
*List Not Exhaustive
**Subject to availability on the public domain
- Fangda Carbon New Material Co. Ltd
- Graftech International
- Graphite India Ltd
- Ibiden Co. Ltd
- Mersen SA
- Nippon Carbon Co. Ltd
- Pingdingshan Kaiyuan Special Graphite Co. Ltd
- SEC Carbon Ltd
- SGL Group The Carbon Company
- Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd
- Toyo Tanso Co. Ltd
- Yichang Xincheng