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Railroads: graphite as an indispensable element

Lubricants based on graphite, as well as in powder form, are used in the joints of railway cars or directly applied to the wheels. These lubricants are also used as lubricants for tractor trucks and different types of machinery.

Railroads: graphite as an indispensable element

The railroad industry in Mexico is vital for the country, due to the support it provides to the economic and commercial activities of other industries. The railroad system is an axis for the development of sectors such as manufacturing, automotive, agriculture, among other areas.

According to data from the Mexican Association of Railroads, this transportation is used for the steel industry, since it helps in the supply and transportation of the wide range of products in this industry.

The freight railroad transports many of the inputs necessary for the production and distribution of domestic and international beer. Mexican-produced glass bottles are transported by this means of transportation.

This type of alliances, in which transportation or logistics services are provided, is due to the access of routes and services in which the railroad is excellent and very competitive.

In Mexico, the railroad industry transports close to one million containers per year between the national ports of entry and exit located in Veracruz, Veracruz; Altamira, Tamaulipas; Manzanillo, Colima; and Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán.

In addition, the railroad logistics service operates in major border ports such as Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas; Piedras Negras, Coahuila; Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua; and Nogales, Sonora.

For the proper operation of railroads, the railroad industry uses graphite products as a lubricant in rail cars and tracks, making it an indispensable input.

What does graphite contribute to this industry?

By taking advantage of the self-lubricating properties of graphite powder, it ensures that trains continue to operate regularly and meet their schedules.

The properties of graphite carbon in the railroad industry provide grease-free lubrication on iron-to-iron contact.

Graphite-based lubricants, as well as powdered lubricants, are used in rail car joints or directly applied to the wheels. These lubricants are also used as lubricants for tractor trucks and different types of machinery.

In addition, it is important to mention that graphite-based lubricants provide advantages over the use of common greases and oils, such as resistance to weathering or heat and lubricating where common lubricants cannot.

One of the current challenges to maintain the development of railway infrastructure is to ensure its resistance and permanence over external factors, as well as its wear and tear. In this way, graphite is an ally for the maintenance and proper lubrication of such infrastructure.


The railroad industry plays an important role in the country's economy, since it provides an excellent transportation service for industrial materials. At ESGRAF we have developed graphite-based lubricants and we have a large inventory of graphite powders, thus meeting the requirements of all types of machinery. Ask for information or advice and get graphite solutions tailored to your needs.