Graphite Production

The world production of graphite was 1.1 million tonnes in 2012, more than 50 times the size of the lithium or rare earth markets. World natural graphite production is dominated by China, with China, India and Brazil representing more than 90% of world production. Sri Lanka is the only major producer of crystalline vein graphite (lump or Ceylon graphite) in the world. Vein graphite is the rarest, most valuable and highest quality form of natural graphite with a purity of 90-99% carbon without refining.

  • World production in 2012: 1.1m. tonnes
    Flake: 565,000 tonnes
    Amorphous: 450,000 tonnes
    Vein: 4,000 tonnes
  • Top graphite producing countries
    China: 750 kt
    India: 150kt
    Brazil: 75kt
    North Korea: 30kt
    Canada: 26kt
    Sri Lanka: 5kt
Graphite production pie chart