Most of the world's well-known pencil makers have one thing in common - longevity. Take the four large pencil suppliers that continue to have their headquarters in the Nuremberg area. While Faber-Castell dates to 1761, Lyra, Staedtler and Schwan-Stabilo were founded in 1806, 1835 and 1855, respectively.
Dixon Ticonderoga, the large US pencil producer, has its roots in a business founded by Joseph Dixon, a US entrepreneur who devised an early form of stove polish based on graphite, in 1827. Two years later, Dixon moved into a new field by using graphite as the inner core inside his first pencils.
Sanford - another US pencil maker that is part of Newell Rubbermaid, a large consumer products company - has a foundation date 30 years after Dixon Ticonderoga.
In Switzerland, Caran D'Ache, an upmarket maker of pencils based in Geneva, dates to 1924. In the UK, US-owned Cumberland Pencil, which concentrates on writing instruments mainly for artists, was founded in 1832.
This was about three centuries after natural deposits of graphite were discovered in large quantities in the UK's Lake District, giving birth to the modern pencil industry.
Source Citation:Marsh, Peter, and Richard Milne. "Writing equipment with a long pedigree.(COMPANIES - INTERNATIONAL)." The Financial Times (Jan 2, 2008): 14. Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 25 Sept. 2009
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