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As the world searches for clean, green power solutions the spotlight has turned to graphite – one of the most unique and versatile of all manufacturing materials. Graphite is a pure form of carbon and closely related to diamonds but its atomic structure is very different giving graphite quite different properties and industrial uses.
Graphite is a semi-metal that conducts heat and electricity and can stand extreme temperatures and chemical exposure, making it highly corrosion resistant. It has multiple uses from lubricants to refractories in steel making, and now in Li-ion batteries, in foils for computers and phones, and for fire retardant building materials.
International Graphite will apply advanced processing technology to produce consistently high-grade downstream products. IG’s Collie plant will open with a starter project producing expandable graphite, graphite foil and high purity micronised graphite. Next stage production will be a major expansion of this plant closely followed by production of battery anode material to produce a range of downstream products for international manufacturing markets. The company will produce both synthetic graphite and natural flake graphite battery anode material.
Historically, natural graphite has been significantly cheaper than synthetic graphite which is produced from petroleum coke. This is now changing as petroleum coke becomes cheaper. Battery anodes are produced from a mixture of natural graphite flake products and synthetic graphite. International Graphite will produce both products. This creates opportunities for International Graphite to introduce new standards of environmental care and sustainability into the downstream graphite market.