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Carbon/Manufactured Graphite

Carbon and graphite materials are manufactured from such raw materials as petroleum cokes, pitch cokes, and carbon black that are mixed with thermoplastic binders at high temperatures.

They are used to make electrical components, electrodes, and mechanical products that include anodes and cathodes; gouging, heating, and welding rods; brushes, contacts, and holders; bearings, seals, plates, rings, and valve parts; graphite lubricants; and other machine components.

NEMA provides Members with information about environmental, health, and safety regulations and advocates for industry-backed Standards and policies.


  • Maintains NEMA Standards associated with carbon and manufactured graphite
  • Works with the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC 27 (Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing) and TC 113 (Nanotechnology) to influence the development and maintenance of related international standards.
  • Also works with, the Japan Carbon Association and the European Carbon and Graphite Association to influence international standards.


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