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Viarco - Indústria de Lápis, Lda.
Predecessor Portugália
Founded 1907 (1907) (registered 1936)
Founder Manoel Vieira Araújo
Headquarters Aveiro, Portugal
Products Pencils, watercolours and other technical drawing instruments

Viarco - Indústria de Lápis, Lda. is a Portuguese pencil manufacturer in São João da Madeira, Aveiro.[1] It's one of the oldest pencil manufacturers in Europe.



Industrial pencil making in Portugal started in 1907. The counselor Figueiredo Faria and his partner and engineer Jules Cacheux decide to create, in Vila do Conde, a factory called Faria, Cacheux & Cª, also known as Portugália.[2]

Despite Portugália's initial success, its commercial activity was gradually affected by the participation of Portugal in World War I, in 1914.


Viarco's factory manufactures various products ranging from office and school material to professional drawing and watercolouring material. It also makes personalized pencils for companies, museums and shops.

One of Viarco's most original products are its scented pencils, which include the collection Quintas e Jardins de Portugal ("Villas and gardens of Portugal"). Another example is Viarco's Art Graf collection.

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  1. ^ "VIARCO - Company's History". VIARCO - Pencil Industry. Viarco - Indústria de Lápis, Lda. Archived from the original on November 16, 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "História da empresa Viarco" [Viarco's History]. Viarco - Fábrica Portuguesa de Lápis (in Portuguese). Viarco - Indústria de Lápis, Lda. Archived from the original (PHP) on October 21, 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 

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