Insight Conversation: Shishir Poddar, Tirupati Graphite

Graphite has become more topical as battery demand, particularly from increasing appetite for electric vehicles, has brought possible battery raw material supply shortages to the forefront. Focus used to be mainly on cathode raw materials, but this has now shifted to the anode material as well. Tirupati Graphite CEO Shishir Poddar recently spoke with Jacqueline Holman, S&P Global Commodity Insights Metals News Lead, EMEA, about projected graphite demand and what needs to be done to ensure prevent a supply shortage.

Will be there be enough graphite by 2030 to feed the growing demand that we’re seeing from the battery market?

I personally do feel that it is a challenge and there’s a lot of efforts that need to be made, not only by producers, but in general, so that we do not come to a situation where this becomes a bottleneck.

Tirupati Graphite PLC (LON:TGR) is a fully integrated specialist graphite and graphene producer, with operations in Madagascar and India, with a vision of developing a world-leading benchmark flake graphite company. 

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