Graphite is a solid, carbon-rich material that is used in many applications. It is an excellent conductor of electricity and has high temperature resistance. It is also a highly porous material and can be easily machined into very thin sheets by several methods.
Typical uses of synthetic graphite include the production of lithium-ion batteries, electrodes for electric arc furnace (EAF) steel and ferroalloys, and materials that require high temperatures to melt or process. It is also used in the manufacture of chemicals such as calcium carbide.
Synthetic graphite is a product manufactured by chemical synthesis at extremely high temperatures from amorphous carbon-based precursors, such as petroleum coke and coal tar pitch. It is an important alternative to natural graphite as it has improved specific capacity and reversibility.
The global market for synthetic graphite is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period. Increasing demand for electric vehicles and other energy-related products is driving the market growth.
Battery R&D & Industries
Imerys offers synthetic graphite for use in advanced lead-acid, lithium-ion, and polymer cell batteries. Its specialized graphite additives are used to enhance electrical conductivity, life cycle and charge acceptance.
Automotive & Hybrid
Imerys provides advanced graphite-carbon black additives to improve the performance of a wide range of automotive batteries. They enhance the charging and cycling life of lithium-ion batteries used in new-generation electric vehicles, as well as hybrids. They also boost the energy density of batteries in micro-hybrid cars.