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Needle Coke Market

Needle Coke Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product Type (Petroleum-Based Needle Coke, Shaft Calciner, Coal-based Needle Coke, Rotary Kiln), By Grade (Premium Grade, Intermediate Grade, Super-Premium Grade), By Application (Rubber Compounds, Silicon Metal and Ferroalloys, Lithium-ion Anode, Graphite Electrodes, Carbon Black, Others), By End-Use (Aerospace & defence, Automotive, Aluminium and steel industry, Semiconductor, Others) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2022-2030

Report Code: SRSC2532DR
Study Period 2018-2030 CAGR 6.83%
Historical Period 2018-2020 Forecast Period 2022-2030
Base Year 2021 Base Year Market Size USD 4.15 Billion
Forecast Year 2030 Forecast Year Market Size USD 7.52 Billion
Largest Market Asia-Pacific Fastest Growing Market North America
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Market Overview

The global needle coke market size was valued at USD 4.15 billion in 2021, and it is anticipated to reach USD 7.52 billion by 2030 at a CAGR of 6.83%. Strategic collaborations and investments in research and development are the key opportunities for market growth.

The production of graphite electrodes from arc furnaces in the steel and aluminium industries typically relies heavily on using needle coke as their primary source of the raw element graphite. Needle coke is a specialist grade of carbon raw material produced from coal tar pitch, ethylene tar pitch, refined solvent coal, low-sulphur vacuum leftovers, or petroleum fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) decant oil. These are the sources of needle coke. It is a unique variety of coke that possesses superior qualities such as structural characteristics, high-temperature resistance, high electrical resistance, oxidizability, and coefficient of thermal expansion. These are just some of the qualities that it possesses (CTE). It is estimated that the cost of needle coke accounts for more than 40 per cent of the total raw substance costs in producing graphite electrodes.

Needle coke is sometimes referred to by its alternate name, acicular coke. It is a particularly crystalline variety of petroleum coke used to produce electrodes for the aluminium and steel industries. Because electrodes need to be replaced regularly, needle coke is a valuable commodity.

Market Dynamics

Global Needle Coke Market Drivers

Increased Use of Electric Vehicles Will Increase Needle Coke Consumption in Batteries

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are seeing an increase in demand as the market for electric and hybrid vehicles continues to grow. To minimize carbon emissions, regulatory agencies like the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are taking steps to increase the adoption of hybrid-electric cars, which is predicted to result in a quick transition toward more environmentally friendly fuels and energy sources that will drive market revenue growth. An executive order was issued in the United States on December 8, 2021, directing the federal government to acquire 100 per cent Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) by 2035. The order also specifies that the government should acquire 100 per cent Zero-Emission Light-Duty Vehicles by 2027. It was done to promote a clean energy economy. In a similar vein, on October 8 2021, the Indian government announced steps to increase the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) to make up 30 per cent of private cars, 80 per cent for two-and three-wheelers, and 70 per cent of commercial vehicles by 2030, for decarburization in the transport sector.

The growing demand for graphite electrodes is driving the market growth

The market is anticipated to expand due to the growing demand for graphite electrodes and the increase in trade for the product. It will be followed by the expanding demand for needle coke among the steel and aluminium manufacturing industries, which is supported by the surge in demand for steel and aluminium. According to the data provided by the World Steel Association, the quantity of crude steel produced around the globe went from 189 million tons in 1950 to 1878 million tons in 2020. It is significant growth. In addition, several chances for market expansion are anticipated to materialize in the years ahead as a direct result of the growing emphasis placed on the environmentally responsible manufacture of steel and the spike in demand for recycled steel scraps.

Global Needle Coke Market Restraints

The fluctuating prices of natural gas & crude oil are expected to hinder the market growth

Due to supply-and-demand swings, natural gas and crude oil prices are expected to fluctuate worldwide. The possible scarcity of petroleum-derived needle coke, a byproduct of petroleum refining, could slow revenue development. In addition, removing a sizeable amount of the ash content in the decant oil necessitates filtration equipment, which drives up the price of needle coke even further.

Global Needle Coke Market Opportunities

Strategic Collaborations and Investments in Research and Development

The changes brought about in the business environment as a result of the rapid evolution of technology will benefit the growth of the needle coke market. The rate of the market's expansion will also be slowed by the expanding quantity of research and development activities.

In addition, an increase in strategic collaborations and the development of new marketplaces will serve as market drivers, resulting in an increased industry growth rate.

Regional Analysis

The market is broken down into Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America & the Middle East & Africa.

In 2021, the Asia-Pacific needle coke market was the most significant contributor to the global market. Aluminium is increasingly in demand for various vehicle components and parts as the automotive industry grows and the steel industry expands rapidly in the countries in the region. Steel is widely used in construction because of its durability, ductility, strength, and resilience. Production is increasing throughout the Asia-Pacific to meet the growing demand for this material. Increasing needle coke use in China is projected to boost the market growth further.

China's economic growth, industrialization, and urbanization have contributed to a considerable increase in steel production in China. Expenditures on construction, machinery, and infrastructure will drive industrial growth shortly. Graphite electrodes for steelmaking are made using needle coke. Over half of all semiconductors are consumed in Asia-Pacific, thanks to the region's status as a central electronics hub and the rapidly increasing automobile industry. The needle coke market in Asia-Pacific is predicted to rise due to these other factors.

Many North American end-use industries are predicted to grow rapidly by 2021, giving the North American market a considerable revenue share. Market revenue growth will be supported by rising demand for electric vehicles, steel, and metals in construction. Cleaner fuel technology may lead to a broader range of potential precursors for needle cokes, which is expected to assist the needle coke market in North America's revenue growth throughout the forecast period.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Product Type
  1. Petroleum-Based Needle Coke
  2. Shaft Calciner
  3. Coal-based Needle Coke
  4. Rotary Kiln
By Grade
  1. Premium Grade
  2. Intermediate Grade
  3. Super-Premium Grade
By Application
  1. Rubber Compounds
  2. Silicon Metal and Ferroalloys
  3. Lithium-ion Anode
  4. Graphite Electrodes
  5. Carbon Black
  6. Others
By End-Use
  1. Aerospace & defence
  2. Automotive
  3. Aluminium and steel industry
  4. Semiconductor
  5. Others
Company Profiles Phillips 66 Company ENEOS Holdings Inc. GrafTech International Ltd. Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd. Graphite India Limited HEG Limited Asbury Carbons Inc. C-Chem CO. Ltd (Nippon Steel Corporation) Mott Corporation Sojitz Corporation Sumitomo Corporation Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation.
Geographies Covered
North America U.S. Canada
Europe U.K. Germany France Spain Italy Russia Nordic Benelux Rest of Europe
APAC China Korea Japan India Australia Taiwan South East Asia Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
LATAM Brazil Mexico Argentina Chile Colombia Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

The global market for needle coke is divided into five parts based on product type, grades, application, end-use and region. Further, the market is divided into two type

Based on the Type of Product

Coal-based and petroleum-based. In 2021, the petroleum-based segment made up a higher portion of the total sales. The demand is driven by an increase in the manufacturing of synthetic graphite electrodes for Electric Arc Furnaces (EAFs) in the steel sector and lithium-ion battery anode material.

According to grades

The market is broken down into premium, intermediate, and super-premium. In 2021, the super-premium grade segment accounted for the most revenue share. There has been an increase in the use of super-premium needle coke in steel recycling because of its low sulphur content and outstanding features such as low puffing rate and low coefficient of expansion that allow a 5 per cent increase in productivity.

The market is broken down into silicon metal and ferroalloys, rubber compounds, lithium-ion anode, graphite electrodes, carbon black, and others based on application. In 2021, the graphite electrodes category accounted for the industry's most significant revenue share. The excellent thermal conductivity and heat resistance of graphite are only a few of its many unique characteristics. Heating elements for electric arc furnace use must withstand extreme conditions such as high-temperature atmospheres, which necessitates low thermal expansion coefficients.

The market is divided into semiconductors, aerospace & defence, aluminium and steel industry, automotive

According to End-Use

The semiconductors segment held the largest market share in 2021. Due to the improved durability, corrosion resistance and capacity to tolerate extreme temperatures driving demand for steel and pushing demand for needle coke. Steel and needle coke are both in high demand.

The automobile industry's demand for needle coke is predicted to expand dramatically in the next few years. Because of its superior electrical conductivity and longer cycle life, needle coke is commonly utilized as a raw material in the fabrication of lithium-ion anodes.

The market is broken down into Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America & the Middle East & Africa. The Asia-Pacific segment accounted for the largest market share in 2021.

Market Size By Product Type

Recent Developments

  • In January 2022, Phillips 66 and NOVONIX Limited announced a technology development agreement to promote the manufacture and commercialization of next-generation anode materials for lithium-ion batteries.
  • In December 2022, G Steel and GJ Steel, two electric-furnace steel producers in Thailand, were purchased by Nippon Steel.

Top Key Players

Phillips 66 Company ENEOS Holdings Inc. GrafTech International Ltd. Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd. Graphite India Limited HEG Limited Asbury Carbons Inc. C-Chem CO. Ltd (Nippon Steel Corporation) Mott Corporation Sojitz Corporation Sumitomo Corporation Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation. Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the estimated growth rate (CAGR) of the Needle Coke Market?
Needle Coke Market size will grow at approx. CAGR of 6.83% during the forecast period.
Some of the top prominent players in Needle Coke Market are, Phillips 66 Company, ENEOS Holdings Inc., GrafTech International Ltd., Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd., Graphite India Limited, HEG Limited, Asbury Carbons Inc., C-Chem CO. Ltd (Nippon Steel Corporation), Mott Corporation, Sojitz Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation., etc.
Asia-Pacific has held a dominant position in the Needle Coke Market, with the largest market share.
The North America region is projected to exhibit the highest rate of growth in the market.
The global market report is segmented as follows: By Product Type, By Grade, By Application, By End-Use

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