Elkem ASA engages in the manufacturing and distribution of silicon-based materials. It is a fully integrated producer with operations throughout the silicon value chain from quartz to silicon and downstream silicone specialties, as well as specialty ferrosilicon alloys and carbon materials. The company operates through the following divisions: Silicones, Silicon Materials, Foundry Products and Carbon. The Silicones division produces and sells a range of silicone based products across various subsectors including release coatings, engineering elastomers, healthcare products, specialty fluids, emulsions, and resins. The Silicon Materials division offers various grades of metallurgical silicon and microsilica for use in a wide range of end applications. The Foundry Products division supplies specialized ferrosilicon products to the cast iron and steel industries. The Carbon division includes carbon electrode materials, lining materials, and specialty carbon products for metallurgical processes for the production of a range of metals. The company was founded by Sam Eyde, Magnus Wallenberg, Knut Wallenberg and Knut Tillberg on January 2, 1904 and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.