Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth a.s. is a Czech manufacturing company of stationery products, based in České Budějovice. Having been established in 1790, it is one of the oldest stationery companies in the world.
|Products||Writing implements, art materials, office products|
|Revenue||792,757,000 Czech koruna (2017)|
|112,959,000 Czech koruna (2017)|
|114,446,000 Czech koruna (2017)|
|Total assets||1,738,843,000 Czech koruna (2017)|
|Owner||Vlastislav Bříza(since 2000)|
Number of employees
With four factories in its country of origin (České Budějovice, Městec Králové, Broumov, and Milevsko) and one in Bulgaria, the company manufactures and commercialises a wide range of writing implements, art materials, and office products, exporting them to more than 90 countries worldwide.
In 1848, Joseph's sons, Karl and Ludwig, took over the family business, and the production was relocated to the Bohemian town of Budweis, within the current Czech Republic. The products were given awards in many world exhibitions, including in 1855 in New York City, 1856, 1900 and 1925 in Paris, 1862 in London, 1882 in Vienna and 1905 in Milan.
At the 1889 World Fair in Paris, the Hardtmuths displayed their pencils rebranded as "Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth". Each pencil was encased in a yellow cedar-wood barrel. The inspiration for the name was the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond (Persian for "Mountain of Light"), part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, and the largest diamond in the world at the time.
The company has production facilities in more than 80 countries. It is also a contract manufacturer of small injection-moulded plastic products. Koh-i-Noor was a partner in making Jiří Barta's 2009 animated feature Toys In the Attic, and its pencils appear frequently throughout the film.
Koh-i-Noor's range of products include:
|Writing implements||Pencils, mechanical pencils, ballpoint pens, fountain pens, inks, marker pens, highlighters|
|Art materials||Colored pencils, chalks, pastels, modelling clay, acrylic paints, oil paintings, watercolors, color inks, brushes|
|Accessories||Erasers, glue, pencil sharpeners, scissors|
|Geometrical tools||Rulers, set squares, protractor, French curves, scale rulers, templates, compasses|
|Office||Stamp pads, book covers, boxes|