This is a view of the Faber Castell pencil factory, or part of it, at Stein. I go through Stein most Fridays so this time I got out to take a picture. The occasion for the picture is an article in the Economist in September, Faber-Castell: The future of the pencil - An eight-generation family firm shows how innovation need never stop. Apparently it was Faber Castell that invented the hexagonal pencil, which won't roll off the table, and various other things. I got this from IPKAT, where Neil Wilkof is disturbed by the Economist's claim that Faber Castell stole the idea of putting a rubber (that's an eraser, for US readers) on a pencil (someone else had patented the idea, but the judge thought it was obvious) ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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