Pencil manufacturing through the ages

We know that pencils have been in production since the 16th century. The old manual production methods have been consistently improved, mechanized and ultimately automated. But the basic principle has remained the same.

Slate factory in Geroldsgrün

Lothar von Faber founds a slate factory in the small town of Geroldsgrün in Upper Franconia. This marks a new addition to the range, which was primarily used in schools at the time. Wooden rules are produced here later, followed by slide rules further down the line.

Construction of a modern production building in Stein, around 1925

In 1925, Count Alexander von Faber-Castell begins building a modern production complex. This makes manufacturing processes more efficient and production can be increased. The building with its enormous U-shaped design is still used for pencil production to this day.