Faber-Castell Pencil Tycoon Proves his Point

There was an excellent story recently in the Sunday Times which highlights the development and history of Faber Castell. Who will be celebrating their 250th anniversary next year!

Faber Castell Tycoon

Count Anton – Wolfgang Lother Andreas von Faber Castell had a point to make. He planned to make it by throwing bundles of the pencils produced by his family since 1761 from the top of the Eiffel Tower, to prove not a single pencil would break. The Count is no stranger to a publicity stunt and once had the World’s Biggest Pencil a giant Faber-Castell Grip 2001 measuring 39 feet outside his castle to promote its entry into the Guinness Book Of Records.  To read the full article a copy can be found here.

Faber-Castell is one of the world’s largest pencil manufacturers producing a staggering 2,000 million wooden-cased pencils a year. They employ over 7000 people and sell their products in over 100 counties.

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Tony Bridges

As a seasoned journalist and freelance writer, I've spent over three decades telling stories and exploring the world through the written word. With a passion for writing instruments, I found my niche at The Pen Vibe, a blog that shares our collective fascination with pens, pencils, and other tools that have shaped the art of writing.

2 thoughts on “Faber-Castell Pencil Tycoon Proves his Point”

  1. What really struck me was the quote from the count “if I had done what the consultants had advised as necessary for survival when I took over the company from my father, we wouldn’t be here today. Whatever they tell you is bound to be wrong.”

    It is hard to imagine that a company as prestigious as Faber-Castell could come that close to going out of business. You really can’t help but be impressed with the way Count Anton – Wolfgang Lother Andreas von Faber Castell has turned the fortunes of the company around.

  2. Quite a fascinating look at the vision and philosophy of the head of one of the more successful pencil companies in the World today. Thanks for posting it.


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