South Africa has become more and more dependent on imported coke, and it currently imports a million tonnes a year. There has also been a steady upwards trend in coke prices for the past three years.
An additional aspect for large South African consumers purchasing parcels of Chinese coke is the variation in quality between parcels. This means that the furnace operation needs to be adjusted for each parcel, which is a major inconvenience and comes with additional operating cost. ZimCoke seeks to meet the demand for consistent quality of Coke into a high use market