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Steelmaking Electrode Prices

Steelmaking input costs - electrodes - historic price trends


Electrode export prices, $ / metric tonne
YearMonthIndian exports
201114184
201124104
201134312
201144411
201154344
201164357
201174284
201184092
201195975
2011104515
2011114342
2011124260
201215155
201224764
201233700
201244468
201254677
201264508
201274405
201284438
201294690
2012104449
2012114581
2012124868
201314570
201324897
201334853
201344676
201354363
201364243
201374097
201384315
201394154
2013103535
2013114142
2013124032
201414056
201423845
201433869
201443652
201453682
201463654
201473506
201483438
201493589
2014103289
2014113381
2014123344
201513338
201523216
201533180
201543214
201553164
201563198
201573086
201583131
201593108
2015103296
2015113125
2015122548
201611384
201622241
201632612
201642310
201652317
201662100
201672079
201682050
201691981
2016101955
2016111879
2016121940
201711924
201721967
201731917
201741950
201752047
201762150
201772220
201783071
201794699
2017104955
2017115905
2017126909
201819631
201829366
201837747
2018411878
2018514546
2018615162
2018714144
2018814830
2018916130
20181015712
20181114667

Table last updated: 23rd February 2019. Next update: ~ 23rd March 2019.

Notes and definitions

1) Figures above are average monthly fob export [not spot prices] for steelmaking electrodes shipped from India. All prices are expressed in USD per metric tonne.

2) The price data is for harmonised system code #854511 which is defined as carbon or graphite electrodes of a kind used for furnaces.

3) Note that latest price points (the last one or two months in particular) may change, as additional customs data becomes available.

Further information

Needle coke (produced from petroleum or coal tar) is the major raw material used in the manufacture of ultra-high power (UHP) graphite electrodes. Needle coke is increasingly also used to make lithium-ion batteries for mobile phones and electric vehicles. It is the growth in the demand for needle coke for these newer applications - as well as closure (for environmental reasons) of much graphite electrode production capacity in China during 2017 - that markedly tightened the availability of graphite electrodes for electric steelmaking in late 2017 / early 2018.