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Showa Denko to Improve European Production Facilities for Graphite Electrodes

| Editor: Alexander Stark

SDC manufactures graphite electrodes for the production of steel in electric arc furnaces, in ladle furnaces as well as in non ferrous smelting productions.
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SDC manufactures graphite electrodes for the production of steel in electric arc furnaces, in ladle furnaces as well as in non ferrous smelting productions. (Source: Pixabay / Pixabay)

Showa Denko announced the improvement its Carbon Division’s production facilities in Europe. Capital investment for this project is to amount to approximately $ 46 million.

Tokyo/Japan — In its graphite electrode business, SDK is operating a total of seven production sites in Japan, Europe, the USA and Asia. The group has the largest share in the world’s production capacity of high-quality, ultrahigh power (UHP) electrodes. Under the current medium-term business plan “The Top 2021” launched this year, the company aims to achieve synergy effects through business integration while ensuring stable supply and optimizing supply cost at respective graphite electrode production sites.

To realize the intended synergy effects the company focusses on establishing a global system for supplying graphite electrodes with uniform high quality. SDK therefore announced the improvement of its facilities at three production sites in Europe, one each in Germany, Spain and Austria. These sites are controlled by SDK’s consolidated subsidiary Showa Denko Carbon, which is based in Germany. The construction work and quality improvement efforts are scheduled to begin in 2019 for completion in 2020.

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