The Company Today
KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH a.s. is one of the world leaders in the production and distribution of first-rate stationery for artists, schools and offices. The company is a member of the KOH-I-NOOR holding a.s. Group.
The company was founded by Josef Hardtmuth in 1790 in Vienna; however, the production of graphite leads was relocated to České Budějovice in 1848. In the course of time, the KOH-I-NOOR pencils managed to achieve great success at a number of world exhibitions. The products were awarded in many world exhibitions, to name a few, 1855 in New York, 1856, 1900 and 1925 in Paris, 1862 in London, 1882 in Vienna and 1905 in Milan.
Over the years, the production of graphite leads has been joined by a complete assortment of products in four main categories: assortment for artists (ART), school assortment (SCHOOL), office assortment (OFFICE) and hobby assortment (HOBBY). Their structure and scope is governed by requirements arising within the individual categories. In other words, the KOH-I-NOOR Company is continually observing developments and contemporary trends in the industry, while updating and perfecting the range of its products on the basis of demand.
In our wide offer, the customer will find more than 4,500 commodities – not only first-rate pencils, but also charcoal, red chalk, pastels, crayons, chalk, oil and water colours, distemper, Indian ink, a whole host of stationery, drawing materials, rubbers and similar.
In 2007 KOH-I-NOOR holding a.s. performed home and foreign acquisitions important for further expansion of both the company and the whole KOH-I-NOOR holding a.s.. The Holding incorporated the production plants PONAS in Polička and HEMUS based in Burgas in Bulgaria.
The former Ponas tool plant, now KOH-I-NOOR PONAS s.r.o., focuses on the production of injection and blow moulds. The company makes use of all accessible advanced technologies – CAD-CAM systems in the construction, and modern CNC machines in the production. The production aims at technological pressings for the spheres of car and electrical industries, health service and packaging technology.
The former HEMUS plant in Bulgaria, now KOH-I-NOOR HemusMark AD, has enjoyed a tradition lasting more than 80 years in the Balkans. Its production lies in the spheres of school and office markers, marking pens and highlighters, which make it one of the greatest producers of its kind in the region.