Man's desire to explore space with a safe return led to the development of specialty materials that could withstand high temperatures during re-entry, and one of these materials in the race to conquer space was specialty graphite developed by a Texas-based aerospace company, a material said to be so breakthrough that the technology was acquired by the Pure Oil Company in 1964 for further commercialization. The graphite division became known as POCO, an acronym for the new owner. And now, 50 years later, the company plans to celebrate its 50-year milestone with an open house in the fall.
The company's specialty graphites have been used in a variety of applications and markets, with its materials portfolio expanding to include a family of graphites, silicon carbides, high-temperature materials and a wide variety of post processes and machining capabilities.
Its products are well-suited for semiconductor, aerospace, energy storage, biomedical, optics, hot glass handling and EDM markets. The company also offers customer support, including specific application information, design capability and materials testing.
The company is a division of Entegris Inc., a world leader in semiconductor and adjacent market product solutions, with its main facility located in Decatur, Texas. The location has expanded multiple times over the years, and now occupies more than 350,000 square feet and employs over 250 people.