Kemet is a world-renowned capacitor manufacturer. Founded in 1919 and headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, the company's laboratory is Cleveland, a joint carbide company that purchased Cooper Research. With production facilities in 11 countries including the United States, China and Mexico, and a global sales and distribution network.
The name "KEMET" is a hybrid of "chemistry" and "metallurgy." "KEMET's first product was used in power line vacuum tube superalloys. In 1930, the product line was expanded to include barium aluminum alloy stems, a basic element in every vacuum tube. Its tantalum capacitor sales rank first in the world, in passive Global leadership in electronics technology.