Commenced commercial production in 1984, Indo Matsushita Carbon Company (IMCC) manufactures carbon rods in collaboration with Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, Japan. The company belongs to the Rs 200-cr Obul Reddy group. Matsushita Electric holds a 51% stake in the company. IMCC is the only company that manufactures carbon rods for not only captive consumption but also for Lakhanpal National, Geep and other small scale units. The company exports its products to Srilanka, Bangladesh, etc. The midget electrodes (carbon rods) manufactured by the company are vital components in dry cells. In Jan.'89, the production of another fast-growing variety of midget electrodes, again with technical assistance from Matsushita Electric, was commissioned, to meet the requirements of manufacturers of all varieties of dry cells. The company has increased its installed capacity of Midget Electrodes from 1200 to 1800 mln.pcs per annum. In 1999-2000, the company has successfully implemented production of toxic free Carbon Rods.