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Faber-Castell Aktiengesellschaft

legal form Corporation
ISIN DE0006286537
founding 1761
Seat Stein (Middle Franconia) Germany
  • Stefan Leitz (CEO)
  • Mary Countess of Faber-Castell
  • Hans-Kurt von Werder
  • Andre Wehrhahn
    ( board members )>
Number of employees about 8,000 (2017)
sales 587.5 million euros (2018/19)
Branch Stationery
Website faber-castell.de

Faber-Castell is a German manufacturer of stationery . With an annual production of around two billion wood-cased pencils , Faber-Castell is the world's largest manufacturer of colored pencils and pencils . According to its own information, the company employs around 8,000 people in production facilities in ten countries and sales companies in 22 countries and has commercial agencies in over 120 countries. This includes the Faber-Castell company in São Carlos , Brazil , which is the largest colored pencil factory in the world with an annual production of 1.5 billion pens.


Faber-Castell headquarters in Stein (Middle Franconia) on the city limits of Nuremberg
Faber-Castell factory in Geroldsgrün ( Upper Franconia )

The first pencil makers were in Stein near Nuremberg in 1719 . The carpenter Kaspar Faber settled there in 1758 and began making pencils in 1761. These were sold on the Nuremberg market. In 1851 his successor, Lothar von Faber , introduced a pencil standard that is still trend-setting for the entire pencil industry today. He was knighted for his services in 1881. Faber built a representative company headquarters at the Faberschloss .

On the company's 100th anniversary in 1861, the branch in Geroldsgrün was opened, initially as a slate factory. In 1874, Lothar Faber pioneered the trademark protection law in Germany with a petition to the German Reichstag “for the creation of a trademark protection law” (May 1875). Lothar's granddaughter Ottilie married Count Alexander zu Castell-Rüdenhausen in 1898 . After Lothar's death in 1896, they took over the company, which resulted in the new company name Faber-Castell (Count Alexander changed his name to Alexander von Faber-Castell ). In 1905, Alexander von Faber-Castell introduced the “Castell” pencil brand for particularly high-quality pencils. In 1931/1932 the Johann Faber pencil factory was taken over; associated with this was at the same time a participation in the largest pencil factory in the world "Lápis Johann Faber" in Brazil. In 1948, the international breakthrough was achieved with the introduction of the TK pen for technical drawing .

During the 1960s and 1970s, the production of highlighters and fiber pens began. At the beginning of the 1990s, Faber-Castell developed the environmentally friendly water-based paint technology for pencils and colored pencils. In 1992, the world's first production facility for environmentally friendly lead and colored pencils was put into operation by the then Federal Environment Minister Klaus Töpfer .

Since 2000 the company has voluntarily committed itself with its own charter to comply with the recommended employment and working conditions of the ILO in all branches worldwide .

In November 2006 Faber-Castell received the “Labor Prize” awarded by the Future Economy Forum for companies that do justice to their social and ecological responsibility in a special way.

The Faber-Castell Academy has been a private educational institution for art, culture and design since 2007 .

Between 1880 and 1975 Faber-Castell was one of the most important manufacturers of slide rules worldwide .

The first non-family boss of the pen manufacturer has been the Swiss Daniel Rogger since June 1, 2017. In 2017, the company made 40% of its sales in South America, 35% in Europe and Africa, and 25% in Asia.

In December 2019, the company announced that Stefan Leitz would replace Daniel Rogger as CEO on March 16, 2020.


Faber-Castell products are divided into the categories of general writing (office supplies), school, Graf von Faber-Castell (fine writing implements) and Art & Graphic . The latter category includes the older product series Albrecht Dürer for watercolor pencils and watercolors, Polychromos for oil pastels and crayons with oil pastels , Pitt for pastels , charcoals and fiber pens with pigment inks, and TK for technical drawing supplies .


Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore shot parts of his 2015 film Where to Invade Next at the Faber-Castell factory in Stein.


See also

Web links

Commons : Faber-Castell  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Imprint. Retrieved May 18, 2020 .
  2. a b Facts & Figures. Retrieved May 18, 2020 .
  3. ^ History of the Academy
  4. Faber-Castell appoints a Swiss head of the company. In: NZZ Online . May 17, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2018 .
  5. Interview: What the Swiss Daniel Rogger plans to do with Faber-Castell. In: NZZ Online . October 26, 2017, accessed January 4, 2018 .
  6. ↑ Change of leadership at Faber-Castell: New boss comes from Feinkost-Kühne. Handelsblatt, accessed on January 7, 2020 (German).

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