Which Country Exports the Most Carbon Electrodes in the World?

Other Electrical Equipment May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global carbon electrode exports amounted to 2.6M tonnes in 2016, remaining relatively unchanged against the previous year level. In general, carbon electrode exports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2010, when exports increased by 34% y-o-y. Global carbon electrode export peaked of 3.1M tonnes in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, carbon electrode exports stood at $3.8B in 2016. In general, carbon electrode exports continue to indicate a pronounced contraction. Over the period under review, global carbon electrode exports reached its maximum level of $6.6B in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Carbon Electrode Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (876.4 million USD)

2. Japan (418.6 million USD)

3. Netherlands (348.9 million USD)

4. Germany (280.7 million USD)

5. Spain (244.5 million USD)

6. USA (214.1 million USD)

7. France (166.6 million USD)

8. India (134.0 million USD)

9. Norway (106.8 million USD)

10. Russia (104.8 million USD)

11. Poland (103.1 million USD)

12. Iceland (24.4 million USD)

Carbon Electrode Exports By Country

China (1.3M tonnes) was the main exporting country with an export of around 1.3M tonnes, which finished at 49% of total exports. The Netherlands (304K tonnes) ranks second globally in carbon electrode exports with a 12% share, following Norway (8%), and the U.S. (6%). The following exporters - Spain (102K tonnes), Iceland (97K tonnes), Japan (91K tonnes), India (63K tonnes), France (56K tonnes), Russia (52K tonnes), Poland (47K tonnes), and Germany (43K tonnes) together made up 21% of total exports.

From 2007 to 2016, average annual rates of growth with regard to carbon electrode exports from China stood at +3.5%. At the same time, the U.S. (+10.5%), India (+5.0%), and Iceland (+2.0%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, the U.S. emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +10.5% from 2007-2016. Spain, Norway, and Poland experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, France (-3.0%), the Netherlands (-4.0%), Russia (-4.9%), Japan (-5.3%), and Germany (-14.6%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. While the share of the Netherlands (5%), Germany (5%), and Japan (2%) increased significantly, the share of the U.S. (-3.7%), and China (-13.1%) displayed negative dynamics. The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, China ($876M) remains the largest carbon electrode supplier in the world, making up 23% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Japan ($419M), with the share of 11% of global exports. It was followed by the Netherlands, with the share of 9%.

In China, carbon electrode exports expanded at an average annual rate of +2.5% over the period from 2007-2016. The remaining exporting countries recorded the following average annual rates: Japan (-4.9% per year) and the Netherlands (+0.5% per year).

Carbon Electrode Export Prices By Country

The average carbon electrode export price stood at $1,431 per tonne in 2016, dropping by -14.4% against the previous year. In general, carbon electrode export price continues to indicate a noticeable decrease. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when export increased by 13% against the previous year level. In that year, average carbon electrode export price attained its maximum level of $2,206 per tonne. From 2012 to 2016, growth of average carbon electrode export price stood at a somewhat lower level.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was Germany ($6,544 per tonne), while Iceland ($252 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of carbon electrode export prices was attained by Germany (+7.5% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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