In the beginning was the pencil.
The first mention of Friedrich Staedtler as a pencil maker dates back to 1662. Since its founding in 1835 by Johann Sebastian Staedtler, STAEDTLER has honoured the long tradition of the Nuremberg pencilmaking family. These centuries of experience, along with particular advances in research and development, continue to give rise to innovative brand products of the highest quality.
In 1853, the pencil maker from Nuremberg showcased his wares at the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations in New York; just a few years later, these high-quality, German-made products had already made a name for themselves in France, Britain, Italy, Russia, America and the Middle East.
For Johann Sebastian Staedtler, a fascination for pencils ran in the family: his ancestor, Friedrich Staedtler, worked as a ‘pencil-making craftsman’. In 1662, Friedrich Staedtler was mentioned for the first time in the official records of Nuremberg – and his descendants are continuing the family tradition.
The pioneering spirit of Johann Sebastian Staedtler shapes the company to this day. After all, ideas lead to progress, and progress leads to advancement. As one of Germany’s oldest industrial companies, STADTLER can draw on a unique treasure trove of experience and has been developing top-quality brand innovations for decades.
Portrait of STAEDTLER: From the historic centre of pencil-making to the world's biggest trade fair. STAEDTLER takes the pencil into the 21st century.
Creativity makes people a little happier. And more relaxed. With its products, STAEDTLER is not only a companion for people of all ages who want to bring their own creative ideas to life, but also a life-long source of inspiration.
With a broad spectrum of high-quality, innovative, German-made creative products, STAEDTLER fosters the development of individual personalities – and has done for more than 180 years.
STAEDTLER acts both ecologically and efficiently!
STAEDTLER has always taken its motto, “efficient for ecology,” very seriously, and this applies just as much to our products as it does to our production processes. As a long-standing company, the use of innovative technology enables us to continually improve the efficiency of our processes and increase the lifetime of our products. And the result is product longevity, which in turn protects the environment. Something that lasts and lasts doesn’t have to be replaced for a long time – which means we consume fewer raw materials, emit less CO2 and ultimately produce less waste. STAEDTLER systematically ensures that new products take environmental protection into account, and so this principle is built in to numerous innovations such as WOPEX, ABS and DRY SAFE.
Certified, wood-cased STAEDTLER pencils
STAEDTLER sets especially high standards when it comes to the sourcing and processing of wood, which is one of the most important raw materials in the production of wood-cased pencils: That is why STAEDTLER Mars GmbH & Co.KG is certified in line with the applicable FSCTM and PEFC standards in terms of the production and sale of wood-cased pencils. In this way, STAEDTLER ensures the documentation and improvement of sustainable forestry management in relation to economic, environmental and social standards. All wood-cased STAEDTLER pencils are made using certified wood. STAEDTLER thus underscores its commitment to the environment and its sense of responsibility in respect of wood – an essential raw material.
STAEDTLER’s focus for sustainable development is wood, the renewable raw material that is at the heart of wood-cased pencils and that it is therefore essential for us to protect. Having their own plantation means STAEDTLER can go one step further and take control of the entire production process for the wooden slats needed for pencil manufacture, from the selection of the tree species in line with environmental and economic criteria, to cultivation methods that meet strict ecological standards, to consideration of local flora and fauna, right through to the processing of the wood itself. STAEDTLER found the right conditions for its plantation in Ecuador in South America. Over an area of about 1,800 hectares there, the trees will grow that will become the STAEDTLER pencils of the future.