The supply capability of SGL Carbon, a leading international supplier of carbon-based solutions, is not limited by the Chinese government’s export control measures for certain natural graphite materials and products put into effect on December 1, 2023. These measures entail an obligation to submit an export application for certain synthetic and natural graphite products from China, including natural graphite flakes.
“While natural graphite products are just one relatively small part of our wide range of solutions, securing our supply chains against just such market upheavals as we have seen since December 1 has been part of our strategy for a long time”, says Benjamin Herb, Head of Procurement at SGL Carbon.
Commitment to maintain a robust and seamless supply chain
SGL Carbon uses natural graphite flakes in the production of flexible graphite foil, foil yarns and reinforced graphite gasket sheets. Today, SGL Carbon sources its high-quality natural graphite flakes from various regions of the world, including China, North and South America, Africa and Europe. This broad positioning ensures a secure and continuous supply chain.
“We have a dedicated, multi-functional and global team in place to safeguard our natural graphite flake supply chain”, says Olympia Riehl, Head of Business Line Expanded Graphite at SGL Carbon. “In addition, our integrated manufacturing footprint in Germany and the USA further enhances our position as partner to our customers.” SGL Carbon has more than 50 years experience in manufacturing of flexible graphite products and solutions.
Demand for graphite products rises
Inquiries for non-Chinese manufactured graphite products have seen a marked rise since December 1, and are expected to grow further. “Market turbulences caused by the Chinese government’s decision may lead to increased lead times”, states Benjamin Herb. “We support our customers in securing their natural graphite-based product supply in 2024 and beyond.”
Feedback and inquiries are welcome
SGL Carbon’s teams are constantly working to secure graphite supply chains and maintain product quality. Further information is available at www.sigraflex.com. The Group’s flexible graphite product experts are at your service around the globe: firstname.lastname@example.org