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SGL commissions carbon and graphite plant in Malaysia

By Gerald Ondrey |

Today, SGL Group (Wiesbaden, Germany; www.sglgroup.com) announced commissioning of its integrated carbon and graphite plant in Banting, Malaysia. Operations will begin in modular form with the graphitization of semi-finished graphite electrodes and machining. By 2011, the site will be developed into a fully integrated carbon and graphite hub producing graphite electrodes and cathodes with an annual capacity of 60,000 tons. Total capital expenditure will amount to more than €200 million until 2011. “The new carbon and graphite hub will support our traditionally strong presence and market share in Southeast Asia out of local production hence replacing hitherto imported product from Europe and North America,” says Armin Bruch, member of the board of management. “Therefore, Banting will become a core site within our global production network. As the market leader in the ASEAN region, we will continue to grow with our customers in the steel and aluminum industry and supply them locally from now on.“ By 2011, production will fully integrate all stages of graphite electrode and cathode manufacturing – from extrusion to graphitization to machining. The initial electrode investment, which has been under construction…
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