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J. S. Staedtler Ltd. of 83 Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent.

Staedtler Mars GmbH & Co. KG is a German fine writing instrument company and a manufacturer and supplier of writing, artist, and engineering drawing instruments.

The firm was founded by J.S. Staedtler in 1835 and produces a large variety of writing instruments, including drafting pencils, propelling pencils, professional pens and standard wooden pencils. It also produces plastic erasers, rulers, compasses and other drawing/writing accessories.

1966 Joint venture with Royal Sovereign Pencil Co incorporating the Royal Sovereign pencil making[1]

1972 Increased its interests in Staedtler-Sovereign to 51 percent[2]

Staedtler claims to be the largest European manufacturer of wood-cased pencils, OHP pens, mechanical pencil leads, erasers, and modelling clays. Staedtler has over 20 global subsidiaries and seven manufacturing facilities. Over 85% of the production takes place in the headquarters in Nuremberg, though some of its products are made in Japan. Its "Noris" line of pencils are extremely common in British schools.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times May 7, 1966
  2. The Times Aug. 19, 1972