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    Business Visits

    Asian Metal visits Jinan Huayang, Huifeng, Wanfang and Aohai Carbon

    On the morning of 11 Jan, 2018, Zhao Hao and Helen Li, Sales Supervisor and Carbon Market Analyst of Asian Metal, visited Jinan Huayang Carbon Co., Ltd. Wang Yulin and Sun Tianyuan, vice-president and manager of supply department of the company, gave them a warm reception and showed them around the plant. Mr. Sun stated that since the beginning of the heat-supply season, all carbon plants in Jinan have been under the production limitation of 50%. And with the environmental protection inspections becoming stricter, they invested more on environmental protection facilities and the new launched wet-electric facility had been invested with about RMB80 million.
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    From left: Sun Tianyuan, Zhao Hao, Helen Li and Wang Yulin
    Afterwards, Zhao Hao and Helen Li visited Jinan Huifeng Carbon Co., Ltd. and were warmly received by Hu Maojun, Vice General Manager of the company. Mr. Hu noted that the prebaked anode market of 2018 would be weaker than that of 2017. Therefore they would adjust anode business and try to find more downstream customers. He also introduced the capacity replacement project, which is expected to be finished next May.
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    From left: Zhao Hao, Hu Maojun and Helen Li
    On the afternoon of 11 Jan, Asian Metal visited Jinan Wanfang Carbon Co., Ltd. and exchanged opinions on the anode market with Hou Zhenhua, Vice President of the company. Mr. Hou indicated that supply of prebaked anode would be redundant in the future and the market competition would mainly focus on the production cost, so they would endeavor to reduce the cost in the future. He also revealed that they acquired Jinan Haichuan Carbon Co., Ltd. with capacity of 240,000tpy in H2 2017, so they have a total capacity of 740,000tpy now and become the largest carbon producer in Pingyin of Jinan. In addition, Mr. Hou showed strong interest in attending the 9th International Primary Aluminum Raw Material Summit to be held by Asian Metal.
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    From left: Zhao Hao, Hou Zhenhua and Helen Li
    Then, Asian Metal visited Jinan Aohai Carbon Co., Ltd. and had a friendly discussion with Wang Weidong and Lu Kejin, Chiefs of Supply Section of the company. Mr. Wang mentioned that with new carbon capacities launched, demands for pet coke and coal tar pitch are on the increase. As Chinese pet coke capacity is stable, the market outlook of the material would be optimistic; however, anode and calcined pet coke markets may trend downward due to overcapacity.
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    From left: Zhao Hao, Wang Weidong and Helen Li
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