Dear Graphite Electrode User,
Have you ever asked yourself the following question:
How can electrode manufacturers still cover costs in times of rising petroleum needle coke prices and decreasing graphite electrode market prices?
When you suspect your manufacturer is already producing below cost, you may become a little bit cautious.
Especialy, at this time of market crisis, you want to know if your electrodes are really genuine HP or UHP quality.
Well, as you may know, graphite electrode market prices depend on large on petroleum coke costs.
Therefore, the higher the petreleum coke market prices, the lower the margin of the manufacturer. And the higher your risk the supplier reduces the needle coke content in his recipe.
Also, as a steel mill or foundry, you have to deal with the threat of price increases in energy costs and the never-ending fulfillment of all possible environmental regulations.
And you definitely don’t want to have to deal with unforeseeable costs in your production that come from changing electrode consumption.
This is why you want to know if your electrodes are really genuine HP or even UHP grades.
You see, I would never say
“your supplier is lying to you or he would hide important info.”
But if you have already made the following annoying experience, you may get a little bit suspicious:
Your electrode consumption has fluctuated … Although you have always ordered “the same quality“according to your supplier?!
Wouldn’t you agree that you must know the differences between electrode grades?
But is there no way for you to inform yourself about graphite electrodes?
From websites, from your supplier brochures or scientific papers not really.
Electrode buyers have a hard time finding facts about raw materials used, target performances and production technology
Because apart from a few hard-to-understand scientific reports, there is simply not enough content out there. Even a time-consuming Internet research will give you little clues.
Try a google-search for “graphite electrode grades” and you will see advertisements after advertisement by electrode vendors – in Germany, that is nearly 3 pages full of ads.
And if you do find something valuable, that may be a book about Material Science that has a small 100 words section about graphite electrodes. However, you may notice that the section is about a different kind of electrodes, not the one you are using for your electric arc furnace.
It is hard to find facts about electrodes on your own
also in part because many electrode vendors don’t want to educate their customers.
What I mean is this:
If you feel that your electrode consumption is too high – you would probably ask your trusted supplier for help.
You want a professional and partnership-based discussion of all possible reasons for the failure AND get a small lecture in graphite electrode technology.
Then it is more than annoying to hear as an answer from your supplier:
“The increased electrode consumption can be subject to a host of factors …” without being any concrete.
A pretty simple way to deny responsibility, right? And while it is true that consumption can come from many factors, it is pretty cumbersome to feel not being taken serious.
I would certainly understand if this kind memory makes you angry.
OK, so next I’ll tell you something that will excite you.
There is now a bundle of whitepapers
with all the essential knowledge you will ever need in your EAF carreer
It is called The First Ever “Library of Graphite Electrodes” that consists of 4 whitepapers.
Each whitepaper is between 6 and 25 pages long and you will learn in understandable language:
- the actual difference between electrode qualities in understandable language
- how to see differences between the qualities, performance and resistivities
- the raw materials that determine fully 80 % of your purchasing costs
- production methods and technologies
- what it means to speak the language of your electrode suppliers
- how to recognize when the actual performance deviates from the data sheet
Within only 20 minutes reading time a day you will learn all there is to it. The info is demonstrated on clear charts and graphs and understandable, no tech-language.
This means you or your colleagues will only everything there is to know about graphite electrodes with only a small investment of your time and effort.
The bundle of booklets has been used by various steel producers to educate their purchasing managers and EAF engineers.
In the fastest time possible, you will learn everything there is to know about graphite electrodes and you will immediately recognize when your supplier is trying to trick you!
The bundle was sold in print or electronic PDF for €69 during the electrode crisis in 2017 to over 70 steel mills in Europe and the EMEA region
Now, for a short time and only on this blog, the bundle is available for FREE and immediate download.
The knowledge comes from 61 years of experience in buying, using electrodes and sharing ideas with graphite electrode users in 35 countries.
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