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
Top graphite producing countries