SGL Carbon SE is a Germany-based producer of carbon and graphite products, used primarily in electric arc furnace steel production and aluminum smelting. The Company also manufactures natural and synthetic graphite products for a variety of industrial applications worldwide. The Company operates through three business units: Performance Products (PP), Graphite Materials & Systems (GMS) and Carbon Fibers & Composites (CFC). PP is primarily engaged in graphite electrodes, cathodes and furnace linings. GMS is active in expanded graphite and products for industrial applications, machine components, products for semiconductor industry, composites, graphite foils and process technology. CFC covers the entire value chain from carbon fiber to finished components and supplies manufactures from the aerospace, wind energy and automotive industries, among others. As of December 31, 2011, the Company operated through 68 subsidiaries located worldwide.