EU electrode output could rise as German firm buys idled capacity [UPDATED]

Steelmaking company Max Aicher Group has acquired a mothballed graphite electrode production facility at Griesheim, in western Germany, a spokeswoman for the company has told Metal Bulletin.

Max Aicher’s acquisition comes at a time when graphite electrodes are in short supply and are commanding high prices, which has contributed to the pressure on electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmakers across the world to push up their prices for products such as rebar and beams.
The Griesheim unit is capable of producing 30,000 tpy of graphite electrodes, according to German carbon products manufacturer SGL Group, which used to own the plant.

Production capacity at the world’s three largest graphite electrode makers was a combined 502,000 tpy in...


Lee Allen

October 31, 2017

19:15 GMT