Synthetic Graphite

Synthetic graphite - how did it all start?

It might be tempting to think that synthetic graphite was a recent invention. After all, the continually-growing challenge of mining enough natural graphite to meet the voracious demand for it is well known. In actual fact, the basic process dates back well over 100 years to sometime in the 1890s. A patent for the process was granted to Edward Goodrich Acheson in 1896 and this led to the formation of The Acheson Graphite Co. which has since been absorbed into GrafTech International. Of course, the challenges of mining graphite in sufficient quantity for today's industry has led to increased interest in manufacturing graphite.

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