About Us

Founded more than 80 years ago, Gerken manufactures a variety of carbon brushes and strips, graphite and related products used in railway traction, power generation and other industrial markets. The company’s sales are primarily in the aftermarket and outside of North America.
Through our companies, affiliates and representatives, we can call on manufacturing operations across Europe; North & South America; Asia; Australia; Middle East and Africa supported by a fully integrated supply chain.  Our main manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Czech Republic, France and Germany produce a huge range of electrical carbon and machined graphite products.
In our key markets of rail, industry and wind energy, we are leading suppliers of carbon brushes, pantograph carbon strips, earthing units, brush-holders and graphite components for handling molten metal and glass.
With development, production and access to carbon materials from Belgium, USA and Germany, we are uniquely placed to offer a choice of grades for every application - no matter how demanding.  Research and development is located in Gerken SA in Belgium, Gerken SAS in France, and Pantrac in Germany.
Gerken will remain devoted to carbon and graphite, building long term partnerships with our customers and supplying high quality, innovative products at competitive prices, backed by unrivalled technical support and R&D.
Contact us to learn more about our unique philosophy and how it can support your business.