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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)

Willard, David G.
Graphite,   pp. 589-595 ff. PDF (715.7 KB)


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MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1972 
to go up included higher world demand, smaller production in Sri Lanka (formerly
Ceylon), and devaluation of the dollar. Amorphous graphite prices showed
no change from the year before. 
Per short ton 
 1971 1972 
Flake and crystalline 
graphite, bags: 
 Sri anka _ $133—$241 $152—$259 
 Germany, ~ 143—855 163—929 
 Malagasy Republic 86—281 122—336 
 Norway ~ 83—132 91—145 
Amorphous, nonflake, 
cryptocrystalline graphite 
(80% to 85% carbon): 
 Mexico (bulk) _ 22 22 
Korea, Republic of 
 (bags) ~_ 22 22 
 These quotations represent a total range of prices. Actual prices are negotiated
between buyer and seller for each individual shipment. A better guide to
price trends is the average value per ton, which can be determined from table
5, although it should be kept in mind that these prices are largely for shipments
of unprocessed graphite. The average values for the major types of imported
graphite in 1972 were as follows: 
Crystalline flake, lump, chip, 
 or dust $160 per ton 
 Other natural, crude and 
 refined $ 47 per ton 
FOREIGN TRADE 
 Exports of natural graphite rose sharply in 1972, in contrast to the previous
year's small decline. The total of 7,289 tons was 27% greater than the 5,733
tons sold abroad in 1971 and exceeded the shipments in all previous years
on record except 1969. 
Canada remained the best customer, taking 3,523 tons, almost double the amount
of the previous year. Sizable increases also occurred in exports to Japan
and West Germany. 
 Imports for consumption were also higher 
Table 4.—US. exports of natural graphite, by country 
Amorphous, crystalline flake, lump, and natural, n.e.c.' 
or chip, 
Destination 1971 1972 
Short tons Value Short tons 
Value 
Argentina 28 $3,444 35~ 201 17,952 174Bahamas ~-~--_---------~~ 69 15,522Belgium-Luxembourg
70 9,649 60~ 135 11,218 85~ 1,902 221,768 3,523Chile ~ 15 1,913 30~ 61 5,591
  11France ------------~--------------------~_--~~-- 202 23,758 169Germany,
West ~ 256 28,773 454India~ - -------------------------------------------------
4 550~ 389 39,707 286Jamaies~-----..... 20 1,289 20Japan --~---------~--_---------------------------------
249 31,705 539~ 634 80,926 396Netherlands -~--------~----~~ 18 2,340 135~
50 3,180 20Norway ~ - - - 7~   102Peru________~~___~_____ 133 18,963 95Philippines
85 13,126 4Portugal ~   38Singapore 50 6,144 79South Africa, Republic of
~ 22 2,118 50Spain --~--~--~------_----------------------------~.--- 206
16,940~ 58 4,976 6~ 3 675 10Taiwan_~--~~....  -_ 10UnitedKingdom 641 77,914
518Venezuela~-~~~...... 211 37,346 381~ 21 2,150 52 
$4,737 
15,487 
~ 
8,258 
10,905 
411,872 
4,038 
-- 
951 
21,809 
58,474 
-- 
26,933 
1,905 
68,610 
51,692 
18,618 
1,450 
840 
14,856 
14,150 
511 
3,988 
6,688 
4,390 
-- 
704 
1,636 
746 
73.549 
53,533 
6,960 
Total ~ 5,733 679,637 7,289 
888,290 
1 Not elsewhere classified. 


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