Carbon industry is an important raw material industry in China. Because of its excellent properties, it is a special material that can’t be replaced by any metal or nonmetal material in many special fields. It has been widely used in gold treatment, non-ferrous metals, chemical industry, machinery, aviation, aerospace, nuclear industry, new energy, military industry: sports equipment, biomedical and other fields. With the rapid development of aviation, aerospace, military industry, nuclear industry, electronics, new energy and other industries, carbon products will be more and more widely used.
The raw materials used in the production of carbon products are the waste residue in the production process of petrochemical industry and coal chemical industry, namely petroleum coke and bituminous coke. The production of carbon products is to use petroleum coke or asphalt coke, asphalt and so on as the main raw materials through more than a dozen of complex deep processing procedures
The long technological process produces all kinds of carbon products, which is the secondary utilization of energy and a typical circular economy industry.
The carbon industry is an important part of the national economy and even the global economy. With the serious excess capacity, in the extremely fierce market competition, the collapse of some enterprises, but not the industry.
China Carbon Industry Association (CCIA) officer Qing Sun mentioned that “China expects graphite electrode production capacity to reach 1.5 million tons by 2020, an increase of 66.7% from 900,000 tons in 2017. He added that this will exceed the demand of less than 800,000 tons in 2020.”
It is predicted that by the second half of 2020, the excess capacity will be fully revealed, the market competition of some products may be extremely cruel, and the production enterprises will face a reshuffle. Due to the intensified contradiction between supply and demand and cruel competition, a number of companies will be eliminated by the market, stop production, or even close down.
In this cruel round of competition in the future, the fittest will survive and the weak will be eliminated. The main point is focus on quality, brand, cost, and service.
This is not alarmist talk, but a fact that is about to be faced. We must have a clear understanding and advance thinking to grasp the long-term sustainable development of the enterprise.
The proportion of China's needle coke imports from different countries
At present, China is a well-known carbon producer country, but we are not yet the best. Upgrading production and technological innovation are the top priorities at present and of course in the future. Some of our products and high-end raw materials have shortages and rely on imports from abroad. In the current international political, economic, and external complex situation, the dependence must be discarded. All the people in this carbon field and related should work together and cooperate closely to achieve self-reliant, and work harder to cover our shortage.