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A quarter-million tonne capacity

Jul 29, 2018 | 08:00 PM |


SDK will have a global capacity for producing 250,000 tonnes per year of graphite electrodes when the ramp-up of the expansion of its Ridgeville, South Carolina, USA plant to 75,000 tonnes per year is completed later
this year.

The company’s other plants are in Japan, USA, China, Malaysia, Spain, Germany and Austria. Its capacity for graphite electrode production was given a significant boost last year through its acquisition, for an enterprise value of 350 million euros (about $410 million), of SGL Group’s graphite electrode business, comprising about 900 employees and six production sites in Germany, Austria, Spain, USA and Malaysia. SDK has delivered electrodes to more than 2,000 EAFs in over
80 countries.

SDK’s Austrian plant, in Steeg, is the oldest and the Malaysian factory, in Banting, is the newest factory, but the company notes that it has continuously revamped and modernized its facilities in order to maintain quality and safety standards, while ensuring its plants remain highly productive and cost-effective.

The company’s Ridgeville plant started up in 1983 and was acquired by SDK in 1988. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, completion of the plant’s expansion will see its capacity increase by 30,000 tonnes per year.



 

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