19, Chemin du Foron - P.O. Box 332
CH-1226 Thônex - Geneva
Tel: +41 (0) 22 869 01 01
Caran D'Ache North America:
Caran d'Ache | 19 West 24th St. | New York, NY 10011
Bruno B. Loehrer
US Telephone: 718.482.7500
Established in 1924 in Thonex-Geneva, Switzerland. It was in 1924 that Arnold Schweitzer bought the previous Ecridor Pencil Factory, which in turn was founded in 1915, and changed its name to the Caran d'Ache Swiss Pencil Factory. Then in 1929 the company manufactured the world's first mechanical pencil -- the Fixpencil.
Caran D'Ache did not start making ball point pens until 1953 and fountain pens in 1970. The company is known for its environmental policies and uses raw materials that can be recycled. The lacquer finishes for Caron D'Ache pens come from sap which is a renewable resource.
A pen of note, Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev used a Caran D'Ache pen in Geneva (1986) to sign one of the treaties that ended the Cold War. (Jacques Hubscherr, CEO, Caran d'Ache).