To cater to this new demand for quality graphite Kibaran has developed an integrated graphite business. To produce spherical graphite in Western Australia for export directly to major anode manufacturers while at the same time developing an upstream mining business to produce natural flake graphite as feedstock and for other traditional industrial markets.
Currently all global supply of spherical battery graphite is produced in China with a very toxic purification process using hydrofluoric acid.
There is strong demand by anode manufacturers outside China for an alternative non-Chinese supply that is environmentally friendly. This is the market demand that Kibaran is catering to.