POCO Graphite is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business this year

Man's desire to explore space and safely return led to the development of speciality materials that could withstand high temperatures during reentry.

One of these materials in the race to conquer space was specialty graphite developed by a Texas based aerospace company. This material breakthrough was so unique that technology was acquired by Pure Oil Company in 1964 for further commercialisation.

The graphite division became known as POCO, an acronym for the new owner.

POCO's graphite’s have subsequently been used in a variety of applications and markets and its materials portfolio has increased to include a family of graphites, silicon carbides, high temperature materials and a variety of post processes and machining capabilities.

POCO’s main facility is in Decatur, Texas. The location has expanded over the years to 350,000ft2 and employs more than 250 people.

POCO is part of Entegris, a business involved in Semiconductor and adjacent market product solutions. Poco Graphite is ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 certified.