About brand Centropen

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Centropen's 70-year tradition serves as the basis for the world-leading company that develops, manufactures and sells school supplies and stationery as well as similar products for industrial use.
Writing, technical drawing, drawing, labeling and marking using Centropen products offer customers an effective and high-quality means of communication.
Herewith, attention is primarily paid to the new products development with the task of satisfying the constantly growing consumer’s demands. The result of complex technological processes is a completely fresh approach to use of accessories for writing and drawing. A healthy way to write – these three words are one of the driving forces in the Centropen developers and designers activities.


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  • At the beginning of 1940, two entrepreneurs from Dačice decided to launch the joint production of fountain pens and on 27 August 1940, trade license was issued for the "selected profession: Mechanical factor trade: production of fountain pens and technical pencils - pressing and injecting of plastic".
  • The production of fountain pens was launched in Dačice in January 1941. At that time products produced involved a high ratio of manual labor. The first product was a fountain pen named STENO. The pen's name is formed by the two entrepreneurs' surnames.
  • In 1950, the number of employees reached 140 people.
  • In 1962 2 370 000 fountain pens and 70 other types of products were manufactured in the Dačice plant.
  • In the second half of the 1960s, a new writing utensil was developed in Japan, which quickly expanded to the rest of the world – a marker also referred to by the acronym "fix".
  • The Dačice plant started adapting to marker production from 1967. 250 000 markers were produced in the first year. At the same time, development work got underway in the plant's laboratory on the company's own production technology for the tampons and ink. After 20 years, technology was developed leading to complete replacement of imports. The children's marker, has gradually evolved into a range of other products – highlighters, felt marking pens, liners, rollers, permanent markers, etc.
  • In the 1970s, almost 550 employees began producing 15 000 – 20 000 fountain pens and 300 000 markers every day. Dačice plant became an exclusive supplier of selected writing utensils for all of Eastern Europe.
  • In 1985 the first liner appeared.
  • In the 90s , the new children's felt-tip pens production began (art. 7790 - Penguin), and a novelty appeared on the market - a "Tornado" fountain pen.
  • In 1998, the number of employees reached a record point of 628 people.
  • • At the beginning of the 21st century , the company focused its efforts on innovations based on pediatrics recommendations. The mutual cooperation resulted in the idea of a writing tool’s ergonomic grip, in other words, the triangular shape of the gripping part at first in all writing supplies for children, and later in all stationery, writing and drawing accessories. The new concept was most visibly present in the design of a new line of rollers and liners bearing the "ERGO". trade name.

In 70 years CENTROPEN has become the guarantee of product quality, modern design, safety for health, and also high technical and technological levels.