Exfoliators origins began in 1959. During the early years, we manufactured only Vermiculite, for use in both the horticultural and passive fire protection markets. In 1998, we increased our manufacturing capacity through the introduction of Perlite, – popular now for its use in hydroponics and horticulture, as well as a lightweight filler in plasters, concrete and paint. Expanding our range gave us access into a variety of businesses and we now distribute our products Australia wide, New Zealand and South East Asia.
We have built Exfoliators on close relationships with our customers and on providing the best quality Premium Perlite and Premium Vermiculite available in Australia.
Our brand has dispersed the various misconceptions about ‘What is Perlite’ and ‘What is Vermiculite’ and how efficient its usage is.
What is Vermiculite?
Versatile in its use, vermiculite is commonly used in five main industries; horticulture, viticulture, agriculture, industrial, and construction. Ultimately, vermiculite is a hydrous phyllosilicate mineral and when heated, can undergo significant expansion.
The process of exfoliation occurs when the mineral is heated and the effect is routinely produced in commercial furnaces. Through the weathering or hydrothermal alteration of biotite or phlogopite, vermiculite is formed.
What is Perlite?
Perlite is a natural occurring mineral in the form of siliceous rocks. Perlite, along with sufficiently expanding when heated, is an extremely versatile inorganic mineral that once expanded, is used extensively world wide for many different applications.