Currently viewing Global edition

Weighing up graphite's future

Graphite is one of the lone hotspots in the exploration sector. A number of junior outfits have sprung up in recent years ready to take advantage of a supposed uptick in demand for the mineral in the future, but what started off as a trickle of new market entrants has become a flood, which could potentially turn a future market deficit into a surplus.

While demand was likely to increase in line with growing lithium ion battery production from hybrid and electric car manufacturers and increased environmental scrutiny on Chinese producers was likely