|Faber Castell is one of those old long established art materials companies.|
|Like many businesses they often keep their history to themselves. This lead me to try to find out more about them and this is what I came up with.|
"From the outset, my concern was to rise to the highest rank by making the best that can be made in the whole world"
Lothar von Faber
|1761||The cabinet-maker Kaspar Faber produces his first "lead pencils".
The Company comes into being.
|1784-1839||Anton Wilhelm Faber (1784-1810) and Georg Leonard Faber (1810-1839) expand the pencil workshop in Stein near Nuremberg, Germany. The company is now called A.W.Faber.|
|from -1840||Lothar Faber (the fourth generation) produces the hexagonal-section pencil, develops the first quality pencil in Germany and marks it "A.W.Faber" - the brand name pencil is born.|
|1843||A.W.Faber pencils are first sold in America through an agency.|
|1844||A.W.Faber sets up the first company health insurance scheme in Germany.|
|1849||The first foreign subsidiary is founded, in America.|
|1851||Lothar Faber defines a standard for the length and thickness of pencils, as well as for the hardness of the leads...this is later adopted by the pencil industry worldwide.|
|1855||Pencils in gold and silver cartons meet with national acclaim. The first poster advertising a branded product is created. A.W.Faber pencils are awarded certificates and medals at national and international exhibitions.
A subsidiary is set up in Paris.
|1856||By acquiring a graphite mine in Siberia, the company assures a supply of the best graphite then available.|
|1861||The factory at Geroldsgrun is built to mark the company's centenary. Lothar Faber is made a freeman (Freiherr) of Nuremberg.|
|1862-1865||King Maximilian II ennobles Lothar Faber (1862) and nominates him privy councillor (Reichsrat) to the Bavarian throne (1865)|
|1869-1884||Lothar von Faber becomes co-founder of the Bavarian trade museum (1869), the Union Bank of Nuremberg (Bayrische Vereinsbank1871), and the Nuremberg Life Insurance Company (Nuremberger Versicherungen 1884).|
|1870||The company now has 500 employees.|
|1874||With his petition to the German Federal Diet "for legislation to protect trade marks", Lothar von Faber paves the way for the German Trademarks Act (May 1875)|
|1879||Lothar von Faber drafs a memorandum on the creation of a European Parliament.|
|1880-1891||Lothar von Faber is made a baron by King Ludwig II (1881) and a hereditary privy councillor by Prince Regent Luipold (1891).|
|1890||A.W.Faber now has 1000 employees|
|1898||The marriage of Lothar von Faber's grand-daughter Ottilie to Count Alexander zu Castell-Rudenhausen brings a change of name for the family and the company: Faber-Castell.|
|1900-1928||A new factory is built at Stein for modern mass production of pencils. The new Faber-Castell Castle is built nearby (1903-1906).|
|1905||The famous green Castell 9000 pencil comes on the market; so does the famous poster with the fighting knights.|
|1928||After the death of count Alexander, his son Roland takes over the chairmanship at age 23.|
|1931||The Johann Faber factory and other small companies are incorporated into the Faber-Castell organisation.|
|1937||Faber-Castell aquires a share in the Lapis Johann Faber pencil factory at Sao Carlos in Brazil.|
|after 1945||Numerous foreign sales points have to be re-acquired after the 2nd World War.|
|1948||The TK pencil, a new clutch pencil for technical drawing, finds international acceptance.|
|1949||Faber-Castell is the first German pencil manufacturer to market a ball-point pen.|
|1957||Re-aquisition of a share in the Faber-Castell Corporation in the USA, which was lost as a result of the 1st World War.|
|1960||A sales company in France is re-founded.|
|1961||A factory for writing and drawing instruments is built in Australia.
Faber-Castell sets up a factory for felt-tip and fibre-tip pens at Engelhartszell in Austria with a sales subsidiary in Vienna.
|1965||A ball-point pen factory is built in Lima, Peru.|
|1967||Faber-Castell aquires a majority share in what has since become the world's largest pencil factory, Lapis Johann Faber in Sao Carlos.|
|1977||A Faber-Castell sales company opens in Tokyo.|
|1978||After the death of Count Roland, his son Anton Wolfgang (the 8th generation) takes over as sole managing director.
Faber-Castell starts the manufacture of cosmetic pencils.
|1978||The Alpha-matic becomes the world's first fully automatic fine-lead pencil.
Faber-Castell establishes a sales company in Hong Kong.
|1979||Further sales companies are founded in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
The world's largest eraser factory is built in Kuala Lumpur.
|1982||The new injection moulding production line for the entire Faber-Castell group goes into operation at Geroldsgrun.|
|1985||Bavaria Film shoots the four-part TV series "Fathers and Sons" in the Faber-Castell Castle.(Starring Burt Lancaster, Julie Christie and various German actors)|
|1986||Faber-Castell celebrates its 225th anniversary. The castle is again open for regular exhibitions.|
|1989||A sales company is set up in New Zealand.|
|1992||Faber-Castell sets up a pencil factory in Indonesia.|
|1993||The company re-aligns its entire marketing strategy, with a new brand image...the Jousting Knight logo. The products are divided into clear fields of competance.
The premium "Graf von Faber-Castell" Collection creates a new generation of exclusive pencils and desk accessories.
|1994||The oldest graphite pencil in the world (17th century) is purchased for the Faber-Castell archive.|
|1995||The Faber-Castell book "The Pencil" is published.
The "Graf von Faber-Castell" Collection is further extended to include the first perfect pencil with eraser, extender/protector and built in sharpener.
|1996||The premium range now includes fountain pens and roller-ball pens in unique designs|
|1997||Aquarelle sticks are developed and released.|
|1998||The PITT range now has 60 pastel pencils added to its already impressive drawing media.|