Global and China Needle Coke Industry Report,2012-2015
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Needle coke mainly finds application in graphite electrode for electric steelmaking and in areas of lithium battery, nuclear power, aerospace, etc. Since 2009, the global demand for needle coke has shoot up in the wake of the gradual recovery in the industrial downstream. During the same period, the world’s industrial magnates have taken no actions to expand their capacities in a massive scale, out of consideration for holding precedence in prices, leading to lingeringly strained supply all over the world with the supply-demand gap in 2012 hitting 100,000 tons. In particular, China was the most distinctive with the short supply gapping 120,000 tons among the world’s leading needle coke consumers.

As the largest steel producer in the world, China has been maintaining huge demand for needle cokes. Moreover, ultra-high power graphite electrode is occupying increasing proportion as a result of continuously optimizing product structure in the graphite electrode industry, which, in turn, further fuels the demand for needle cokes. At the same time, China has smaller amount of needle coke enterprises which feature weak technological base and are huddled by the uncertainty of stable production and product quality. Thus, the needle coke capacity in China has seen slow growth with the supply gap increasingly widening. In 2009-2012, China’s demand for needle coke soared from 161,000 tons to 360,000 tons with the CAGR of 30.8% while the annual capacity surged from 130,000 tons to 240,000 tons with the CAGR of 22.7%. Given that most new industrial players encounter technical huddles and that industrial veterans witness limited capacity growth, the supply shortage is projected to go on in the upcoming two years.

Needle Coke Demand in China, 2006-2015E (kt)

As China is rich in coal and poor in oil, the supply of coal-based needle coke raw materials is abundant and China is technologically advanced in this regard. Nationwide, the existing needle coke capacity and most of planned and ongoing needle coke capacities are coal based needle cokes rather than oil-based needle cokes. Presently, large-sized ultra-high power graphite electrode products have become the mainstream in the graphite electrode industry. Because of its unique properties, oil-based needle cokes are ideal to make large-sized ultra-high power graphite electrode products. Hence, China needle coke market is witnessing structural imbalance between supply and demand.

Internationally, oil-based needle coke production technology is dominated by the US, Britain and Japan while the coal-based needle coke production technology is monopolized by Japan. ConocoPhillips, the world’s biggest producer of oil-based needle coke, realizes the needle coke capacity of 370,000 tons/a and the figure keeps stable in recent years. And the tycoon serves as one of benchmark makers when it comes to the oil-based needle coke prices globally.

Seadrift is the world’s second largest oil-based needle coke maker with the capacity recording 150,000 tons/a. In 2012, it was taken over by GTI, America’s largest graphite electrode manufacturer. According to GTI planning, the long-term capacity of the company will reach 240,000-25,000 tons/a.

C-Chem is a professional carbon product maker under Nippon Steel, and the world’s largest coal-based needle coke producer. In recent years, its needle coke capacity has greatly boosted through capacity expansion with the figure in 2012 soaring to 170,000 tons/a.

Shanxi Hongte Coal Chemical Industry is a coal-based needle coke enterprise in China, the first realized commercial production. In response to domestically robust demand, the company began its 100,000-ton coal-based needle coke project in 2008 which was put into operation in 2012 with the current capacity of 150, 000tons/a.

In Jun., 2011, the bidding of SINO Steel Anshan Research Institute of Thermal Energy’s second phase of needle coke project drew the curtain. According to real market demand, the company adjusted the capacity of the second phase to 120,000 tons/a. Meanwhile, the feasibility study and environmental assessment of the second phase had been done in 2012. And it is estimated to be put into production in 2014.

The 6-chapter report conducts an in-depth analysis on the development background and market pattern of global and China needle coke industry, highlights the business performance of 16 large industrial players at home and abroad, and predicts the development trend of the industry.

1. Overview of Needle Coke
1.1 Profile
1.2 Classification and Application
1.3 Industrial Chain

2. Development of Global Needle Coke Industry
2.1 Development Overview
2.2 Supply
2.3 Demand
2.4 Technology Status
2.5 Competition Pattern
2.6 USA
2.7 Japan
2.8 UK

3. Development of China Needle Coke Industry
3.1 Development Environment
3.1.1 Policy Environment
3.1.2 Technology Environment
3.1.3 Trade Environment
3.2 Supply
3.3 Demand
3.4 Competition Pattern
3.5 Import & Export
3.6 Major Projects Planned and under Construction
3.7 Price Trend

4. Development of China Graphite Electrode Industry
4.1 Development Environment
4.2 Production
4.3 Demand
4.4 Competition Pattern

5. Key Companies Worldwide
5.1 ConocoPhillips
5.1.1 Profile
5.1.2 Operation
5.1.3 Needle Coke Business
5.2 Seadrift
5.2.1 Profile
5.2.2 Needle Coke Business
5.3 JX Holdings Inc
5.3.1 Profile
5.3.2 Operation
5.3.3 Needle Coke Business
5.4 C-Chem
5.4.1 Profile
5.4.2 Needle Coke Business
5.5 Mitsubishi Chemical (MC)
5.5.1 Profile
5.5.2 Operation
5.5.3 Needle Coke Business
5.6 Petrocokes Japan Limited
5.6.1 Profile
5.6.2 Needle Coke Business
5.7 Indian Oil Company Limited
5.7.1 Profile
5.7.2 Operation
5.7.3 Needle Coke Business

6. Key Companies in China
6.1 Fangda Carbon
6.1.1 Profile
6.1.2 Operation
6.1.3 Needle Coke Project
6.2 Shanxi Hongte Coal Chemical Industry Co., Ltd
6.2.1 Profile
6.2.2 Operation
6.2.3 Key Projects
6.2.4 Needle Coke Business
6.3 Jinzhou Petrochemical Co., Ltd
6.3.1 Profile
6.3.2 Operation
6.3.3 Needle Coke Business
6.4 Sinosteel Anshan Research Institute of Thermo-Energy Co., Ltd. (RDTE)
6.4.1 Profile
6.4.2 Needle Coke Business
6.5 Baosteel Chemical
6.5.1 Profile
6.5.2 Operation
6.5.3 Needle Coke Business
6.6 Shandong Haihua Group Co., Ltd
6.6.1 Profile
6.6.2 Needle Coke Business
6.7 Jining Yankuang Kelan Coke Co., Ltd
6.7.1 Profile
6.7.2 Needle Coke Business
6.8 Qitaihe Baotailong Coal&Coal Chemicals Public Co., Ltd
6.8.1 Profile
6.8.2 Operation
6.8.3 Needle Coke Business
6.9 SY Carbon
6.9.1 Profile
6.9.2 Needle Coke Business
6.10 Others
6.10.1 Jinzhou Coal and Coke Group
6.10.2 JN Carbon
6.10.3 Shoushan Coking

Industrial Chain of Needle Coke
Production Capacity of Needle Coke Worldwide, 2006-2015E
Production Capacity Structure of Needle Coke Worldwide by Products, 2006-2013
Output of EAF Steel and Demand of Graphite Electrode Worldwide, 2007-2013
Demand of Needle Coke Worldwide, 2007-2013
Processes and Features of Coal-based Needle Coke Worldwide
Processes to Produce Needle Coke with Different Raw Materials
Production Capacity and Products of Major Manufacturers Worldwide (Except China), 2012
Production Capacity and Production Bases of Needle Coke Enterprises in USA, 2012
Production Capacity and Product Types of Main Needle Coke Enterprises in Japan, 2012
Production Capacity and Production Bases of Needle Coke Enterprises in Britain, 2012
Production Capacity and Demand of Needle Coke Worldwide, 2007-2013
Production Capacity of Needle Coke in China, 2006-2015E 
Production Capacity Structure of Needle Coke in China by Product, 2006-2015E
Demand of Needle Coke in China, 2006-2015E
Supply Gap of Needle Coke in China, 2006-2015E 
Production Capacity of Needle Coke Manufacturers in China, 2012
Market Share of Needle Coke Manufacturers in China, 2012
Import Volume of Needle Coke in China, 2006-2013Q1 
Import Volume of Needle Coke in China by Product, 2006-2013Q1
Import Volume, Import Value and Average Price of Needle Coke in China by Country, 2013H1
Major Needle Coke Projects Planned and Under Construction in China, 2011-2012
Average Prices of Imported Coal-based and Petroleum-based Needle Coke, 2009-2013 
Production Capacity and Demand of Needle Coke in China, 2006-2015E
Output of EAF Steel and % of Crude Steel in China, 2006-2015E
Output of Graphite Electrode in China, 2006-2015E
Output of Graphite Electrode in China by Product, 2006-2013
Product Mix of Graphite Electrode in China, 2006-2012
Demand of Graphite Electrode in China, 2006-2012
Demand Structure of Graphite Electrode in China, 2006-2012
Production Capacity of Ultra High Power Graphite Electrode of TOP10 Manufacturers in China, 2012
Production Capacity of High Power Graphite Electrode of TOP10 Manufacturers in China, 2012
Output and Demand of Graphite Electrode in China by Products, 2006-2012
Revenue and Net Income of ConocoPhillips, 2008-2013 
Performance Indicators of Needle Coke Produced in UK-based Humber Production Site of Conoco INC
Needle Coke Capacity of CONOCO INC’s Production Bases, 2012
Subordinate Enterprises and Main Businesses of JX Holdings Inc, 2012
Revenue and Net Income of JX Holdings Inc, FY2010-FY2014
Production Capacity and Bases of Needle Coke of JX Holdings Inc, 2012
Needle Coke Industry Chain of C-Chem, 2012
Performance Indicators of Needle Coke of C-Chem
Revenue and Net Income of MC, FY2008-FY2012 
Capacity Expansion Plan of Needle Coke Raw Materials of MC, 2008-2012
Production Capacity of Needle Coke of MC, 2008-2014 E
Production Capacity and Bases of Petrocokes, 2012
Revenue and Net Income of India Oil, FY2008-FY2015
Production Capacity of Major Needle Coke Manufacturers Worldwide, 2012
Revenue and Net Income of Fangda Carbon, 2008-2015E
Needle Coke Projects of Fangda Carbon, 2013
Sales of Hongte, 2005-2011
Needle Coke Projects of Hongte, 2011-2013
Production Capacity of Needle Coke of Hongte, 2006-2012 
Performance Indicators of Needle Coke of Hongte, 2012
Sales of Jinzhou Petrochemical, 2008-2012 
Actual Capacity of Needle Coke of Jinzhou Petrochemical, 2006-2012
Sales of Baosteel Chemical, 2007-2012
Revenue and Net Income of Baotailong, 2008-2015 E
Needle Coke Projects of Baotailong, 2013
Production Capacity of Main Products of SY Carbon, 2013
Needle Coke Projects of Jinzhou Coal and Coke Group, 2012
Production Capacity of Main Products of JN Carbon, 2013
Needle Coke Projects of Shoushan Coking, 2013
Production in Operation, Planned and Under Construction of Needle Coke Manufacturers in China, 2012

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