WHAT IS CEYLON VEIN GRAPHITE?
An endemic variation of crystalline vein graphite to the island of Sri Lanka, VEIN Ceylon graphite, also known as Sri Lankan graphite or plumbago, is the purest form of vein graphite commercially available on a global scale, where the island nation of Sri Lanka is the largest commercial exporter and producer of vein graphite in the world.
CHEMICAL PROPERTIES AND ADVANTAGES
Surpassing other existing forms of natural graphite and synthetic graphite, Ceylon vein graphite has the highest carbon content present naturally, with a carbon grade of 97% - 99%. This grade of purity gives VEIN graphite superiority in terms of chemical and physical properties
A higher carbon content implies a higher percentage of delocalized electrons within the allotrope, therefore Ceylon graphite has higher thermal and electrical conductivity and cohesive integrity as well as other advantages such as perfect crystallization and heightened resistance to oxidation and temperature.
HOW IT’S SOURCED
VEIN graphite is also renowned for its ethical and environmentally friendly procedure of extraction. Extracted using the method of cut-and-fill (underground) mining, Ceylon graphite, which occurs naturally in disseminated flakes on rocky outcrop, in lens and vug forms and as veins inhabiting fissures of rock, is processed and mined effectively by causing minimal damage to the environment.
TYPES OF GRAPHITE
DODANGASLANDA VEIN MINE - SINCE 1900
The Dodangaslanda mine is situated in the region of Meepitiya of Sri Lanka’s North Western Province with an elevation of 610ft above sea level.
Initiated in the early 1900s under colonial British rule, the Dodangaslanda graphite mine thrived in its production and exporting of the world’s finest vein graphite up until its decline and eventual closure in 1945.
However we at VEIN Ceylon Graphite believe in a progressive world powered by our very own resources, therefore it is our mission to pay homage to our forefathers' labor and hone our high-grade vein graphite to provide a sustainable world.
THE HISTORY OF CEYLON GRAPHITE
Plumbago or “miniran” as referred to by the Ceylonese, has a long and rich history regarding its presence and its impact on the island nation of Sri Lanka. Discovered as early as 1675 at Bogala, Sri Lanka, graphite has been used by its locals and has been the subject of folk songs (known as ‘pathal kawi’). Despite commercial exports commencing in 1824, Sri Lanka was the primary global supplier of vein graphite to World Wars I and II, with its highest export of 33,411 tonnes peaking in 1899. Great Britain, the United States, and Germany were some of Sri Lankan graphite’s biggest importers.
From 1869 to 1918, around 3000 graphite pits were actively operated in Sri Lanka, with some of its mines being mechanized whilst the others remained manually operated. However, in present-day, Sri Lanka only contributes to less than 1% of the world’s graphite exports with three active graphite mines present at Bogala, Kahatagaha, and Ragedara; today’s world is not thoroughly aware of the wealth of high-quality graphite embedded in the island nation.