Graphite Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The market is segmented by Type (Natural Graphite and Synthetic Graphite), Application (Electrodes, Refractories & Foundries, Batteries, Lubricants, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East & Africa)

Market Snapshot

Study Period:

2016-2025

Base Year:

2019

Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific

CAGR:

Greater Than 5.5 %

Major Players:

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Market Overview

The graphite market is expected to register a CAGR of over 5.5% during the forecast period. The major factors driving the growth of the market studied include augmenting demand from the burgeoning lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery and growth in steel production of Asia & Middle-East.

  • On the flipside, development of substitute anode materials in lithium-ion batteries in high-end applications and stringent environmental regulations are expected to hinder the growth of the market.
  • Growing usage of graphite in green technologies and popularity of graphene are projected to offer opportunities for the manufacturers over the forecast period.

Scope of the report

The global Graphite market report includes:

Type
Natural Graphite
Synthetic Graphite
Application
Electrodes
Refractories, Casting & Foundries
Batteries
Lubricants
Other Applications
Geography
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Europe
Germany
United Kingdom
Italy
France
Russia
Rest of Europe
South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle-East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Natural Graphite to Drive the Market Growth

  • The current major application of natural graphite includes refractories, casting and foundries application. This accounts for around half of the natural graphite market. This segment is also expected to witness considerable growth rate over the forecast period.
  • However, the batteries segment is expected to be fastest growing application, over the forecast period.
  • The increasing demand from the Lithium ion batteries used in electric vehicles, consumer electronics and other electricity storage applications is expected to increase demand for natural graphite.
  • The global Lithium-ion battery manufacturing capacity is expected to increase by multiple times, to reach around 1200 GWh in 2024, according to Mordor Intelligence analysis.
  • Furthermore, natural graphite is a low-cost alternative to synthetic graphite. This is further expected to increase the demand for natural graphite.
  • However, the supply of natural graphite is scarce. Thus, the price of natural graphite is expected to rise during the forecast period.
  • All these factors are expected to increase the demand for natural graphite, in the forecast period.

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China to Dominate the Asia-Pacific Market

  • China is one of the major countries in the Asia-Pacific, with ample construction activities being supported by the growing economy.
  • China continues to dominate graphite production and demand. Almost all stages of the lithium-ion battery manufacturing chain are focused on China, and China is by far the largest and most rapidly growing market for lithium-ion batteries, which paves the way for the market growth of graphite.
  • Graphite is extensively used in the steel making industry. China holds the largest share in terms of consumption and production capacity of graphite electrodes in the global scenario.
  • Moreover, the demand for lithium-ion batteries in China is expected to grow rapidly, owing to the growth in adoption of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and ESS for on-grid and off-grid applications.
  • The development of NEVs is further boosted by the mandates put forth by the government. Also, China has adopted a national New Energy Vehicle Subsidy Program to further boost the production of EVs.​
  • Thus, owing to such factors, the demand for graphite is expected to remain high during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The market for graphite is consolidated with the top five players of natural graphite and synthetic graphite accounting for a major share of the market, in their respective fields. The top five players in the global synthetic graphite market are Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd, Showa Denko K. K. (including SGL Carbon), BTR New Energy Materials Inc,, GrafTech International., and Lianyungang Jinli Carbon Co. Ltd.​ The key players of natural graphite include Syrah Resources Limited, Qingdao Guangxing Electronic Materials Co. Ltd., Qingdao Black Dragon Graphite Co. Ltd., and Tokai Carbon, among others.

Table Of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Augmenting Demand from the Burgeoning Lithium-ion Battery Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Growth in Steel Production of Asia & Middle East​

      3. 4.1.3 High Purity Levels of Synthetic Graphite​

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Development of Substitute Anode Materials in Lithium-ion Batteries in High-end Applications

      2. 4.2.2 Stringent Environmental Regulations

      3. 4.2.3 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Natural Graphite

      2. 5.1.2 Synthetic Graphite

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Electrodes

      2. 5.2.2 Refractories, Casting & Foundries

      3. 5.2.3 Batteries

      4. 5.2.4 Lubricants

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.3.1.1 China

        2. 5.3.1.2 India

        3. 5.3.1.3 Japan

        4. 5.3.1.4 South Korea

        5. 5.3.1.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. 5.3.2.1 United States

        2. 5.3.2.2 Canada

        3. 5.3.2.3 Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. 5.3.3.1 Germany

        2. 5.3.3.2 United Kingdom

        3. 5.3.3.3 Italy

        4. 5.3.3.4 France

        5. 5.3.3.5 Russia

        6. 5.3.3.6 Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. 5.3.4.1 Brazil

        2. 5.3.4.2 Argentina

        3. 5.3.4.3 Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East & Africa

        1. 5.3.5.1 Saudi Arabia

        2. 5.3.5.2 South Africa

        3. 5.3.5.3 Rest of Middle-East & Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Asbury Carbons

      2. 6.4.2 Focus Graphite Inc.​

      3. 6.4.3 Graftech International Ltd.​

      4. 6.4.4 Westwater Resources (Alabama Graphite Corp.)

      5. 6.4.5 Nippon Kokuen Group​

      6. 6.4.6 Northern Graphite Corp.​

      7. 6.4.7 Mason Graphite, Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 NextSource Materials Inc. (Energizer Resources Inc.)​

      9. 6.4.9 Qingdao Black Dragon Graphite Co. Ltd​

      10. 6.4.10 Qingdao GuangxingElectronic Materials Co. Ltd​

      11. 6.4.11 Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd.​

      12. 6.4.12 SHOWA DENKO K.K.

      13. 6.4.13 Triton Minerals Ltd.​

      14. 6.4.14 Syrah Resources Limited​

      15. 6.4.15 Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd

      16. 6.4.16 SGL Carbon​

      17. 6.4.17 BTR New Energy Materials Inc.​

      18. 6.4.18 Lianyungang Jinli Carbon Co. Ltd.​

    5. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

    1. 7.1 Growing Usage of Graphite in Green Technologies​

    2. 7.2 Popularity of Graphene​

    3. 7.3 Other Opportunities

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