|Formerly||A.W. Faber Company|
|Type||Joint stock company|
|Predecessor||Bleistift-Fabrik vorm. Johannes Faber|
|Products||Art materials, Writing instruments|
|Brands||Graf von Faber-Castell|
|Revenue||€555 million (2020)|
Number of employees
Faber-Castell AG is one of the world's largest and oldest manufacturers of pens, pencils, other office supplies (e.g., staplers, slide rules, erasers, rulers) and art supplies, as well as high-end writing instruments and luxury leather goods. Headquartered in Stein, Germany, it operates 14 factories and 20 sales units throughout the globe. The Faber-Castell Group employs a staff of approximately 8,000 and does business in more than 120 countries. The House of Faber-Castell is the family which founded and continues to exercise leadership within the corporation. They manufacture about 2 billion pencils in more than 120 different colors every year.
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Faber-Castell was founded in 1761 at Stein near Nuremberg by cabinet maker Kaspar Faber (1730–84) as the A.W. Faber Company, and has remained in the Faber family for eight generations. It opened branches in New York (1849), London (1851), Paris (1855), and expanded to Vienna (1872) and St. Petersburg (1874). It opened a factory in Geroldsgrün, Bavaria, where slide rules were produced. It expanded internationally and launched new products under Kaspar Faber's ambitious great-grandson, Johann Lothar Freiherr von Faber (1817–96).
In 1900, after the marriage of Lothar's granddaughter and heiress with a count of Castell, the A.W. Faber enterprise took the name of Faber-Castell and a new logo, combining the Faber motto, Since 1761, with the "jousting knights" of the Castells' coat-of-arms. A.W. Faber is the oldest brand-name pencil continuously sold in the US, having begun sales in 1870.
Today, the company operates 10 factories and 22 sales units, with six in Europe, four in Asia, three in North America, five in South America, and one each in Australia and New Zealand. The Faber-Castell Group employs a staff of approximately 8,000 and does business in more than 120 countries.
Faber-Castell is well known for its brand of PITT Artist pens. The pens, used by comic and manga artists such as Adam Hughes, emit an India ink that is both acid-free and archival, and comes in a variety of colors.
The following chart contains all the Faber-Castell product lines.
|Professional Art and Graphic (Green Line)||Pencils (graphite and color), pastels, charcoals, erasers, sharpeners|
|Kids & School Art and Graphic (Red Line)||Pencils, watercolors, brushes, markers, crayons, erasers, sharpeners, modeling dough, oil pastels, papers, connector pens|
|Technical Drawing (Green Line)||Mechanical pencils, refills|
|Pens||Fountain pens, ballpoint pens, refills|
|Luxury Pens||Fountain pens, ballpoint pen|
|Papers||Notebooks, diaries, creative papers, reams, calendars|
From about 1880 to 1975 Faber-Castell was also one of the world's major manufacturers of slide rules, the best known of which was the 2/83N.
There are about 16 manufacturing plants (in 10 countries) which mainly manufacture writing instruments.
|Countries||Plant Name||Year Incorporated||Products Manufactured|
|Costa Rica||Neily||1996||Pencils (graphite and colour)|
|Peru||Lima||1965||Erasers, rules and writing equipment, and finetip and colour markers|
|Colombia||Bogotá||1976||Wax crayons and drawing accessories|
|Brazil||Prata||1989||Nurseries for pine trees and sawmill|
|Brazil||Manaus||1989||Erasers,rules and writing equipment|
|Brazil||São Carlos||1950s||Pencils (graphite and colour), makeup, school line (pencils, sharpeners, poster and finger paints, crayons,markers) technical and fine arts line (permanent markers), office line (highlighter, executive and promotional pens),notebooks and creative papers|
|India||Goa||1998||Erasers,rules and writing equipment, and finetip and colour markers|
|Austria||Engelhartszell||1963||Highlighters and permanent-ink markers (manufacturing, assembly and paints)|
|Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur||1978||Research & Development, Asia and Pacific office Sales, school line (pencils,erasers and writing products)|
|China||Guangzhou||2000||school line (sharpeners, erasers and writing instruments)|
|Indonesia||Bekasi||1990||Pencils (graphite and colour)|
|Germany||Stein||1761||Research & Development, global sales and marketing office, school line (pencils, erasers and writing products), premium line (pencils, erasers and writing products)|
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- Official website
- Graf von Faber-Castell – Luxury writing instruments
- Faber-Castell slide rule collection
- Faber-Castell: The future of the pencil
- Faber-Castell's eraser collection
- BBC visits Nuremberg in Germany to look at Staedtler and Faber-Castell's productive pencil rivalry. Audio, 28 minutes.
- Documents and clippings about Faber-Castell in the 20th Century Press Archives of the ZBW