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Company History

“TOKAI ERFTCARBON – a reliable
employer in the region for
more than 100 years.”

Company history

TOKAI ERFTCARBON GmbH looks back on a 100-year tradition in the manufacturing of carbon and graphite products.

Foundation of Erftwerk AG

Our company history began in 1917 with the production of anodes for aluminium electrolysis.

Expansion of the production portfolio

From 1950 onwards, cathodes, carbon electrodes and blast furnace bricks were produced in addition to anodes.

Start of graphite electrode production

The production of graphite electrodes is taken up – a product area that today represents the core competence of our company.

Spinning-off of the carbon and graphite activities

In 1991, the carbon and graphite activities are completely spun off into VAW Carbon GmbH.

Change of name to ERFTCARBON GmbH

In 1998, VAW Carbon GmbH is acquired by a financial investor and renamed ERFTCARBON GmbH.


Sale of the company to TOKAI CARBON Co, Ltd.

In 2005, ERFTCARBON GmbH is acquired by the Japanese group TOKAI CARBON Co, Ltd.

Focusing on graphite electrodes

Since 2006, we have focused on the production of large-format graphite electrodes for the electrical steel industry and supply customers all over the world.

Change of name to TOKAI ERFTCARBON GmbH


100 years of existence

Since its foundation 100 years ago, our company has been a reliable supplier and a solid employer in the region.