The Founder's Era
Our story begins in 1889 when the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated at the Paris Universal Exhibition. Back then Paris was shining thanks to the imagination and determination of talented engineers.
One of them, Maurice Lacombe, understood the possibilities offered by one of the19th century’s major innovations: electricity. It illuminated cities, powered engines and had already begun to reshape daily life.
Maurice Lacombe founded Lacombe et compagnie, which later became Le Carbone. He set up manufacturing workshops to produce industrial carbon in Levallois-Perret.
|1889||Set-up of Lacombe & Compagnie|
|1891||The Fabius Henrion plant is built (electric motors, dynamos and lamps).||1892||Le Carbone is founded in Paris and specializes in the manufacture of brushes for motors.|
|1893||The Pagny sur Moselle plant is built.||1893||Graphitization process is discovered by a Group engineer.|
|1915||Pagny sur Moselle plant is destroyed during the First World War.||1897||First international subsidiary is set up in Germany.|
|1927||Fabius Henrion became Compagnie Lorraine de Charbons pour l'Électricité||1906||First team is deployed in the United States.|