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Monday, April 28, 2014

Arts and Archives 2014: Swiss Quality - Caran d'Ache and 849 Colors

Caran d'Ache pencils through the ages. 
 Caran d'Ache manufacturing site is located about a half an hour buss ride from Geneva Central Station and right on the French boarder. We met with the Fine Art Development Communication Manager Adrian Weber who after a short historical presentation led us through the graphite pencil and colored pencil manufacturing from the raw material (pigments and graphite) to the final product. We saw the supply of pigments, machinery, we could handle the product in its different phases, see the morning crew working today with white, yellow and orange pencils and pastels, and finally see the quality control and packing. Caran d'Ache was officially established in 1924 by Arnold Schweitzer and has today 280 employees in Geneva with 90 different professions. All its manufacturing is located in Switzerland. This was an exceptional three hour tour.
Afterwards a group of us visited Cern site, and got deeper into the matter, antimatter and the possible nine different dimensions.
To see pictures from our Monday please click here.
 When entering the lobby of Caran d'Ache site we got a nice welcome.


Ann Swan said...

We are just off to Caran D'Ache today so I hope it proves as interesting as you say. No doubt we shall be spending a few francs in the shop!!
Ann Swan and 7 Cygnets

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski said...

Tell hi from us - we enjoyed a lot. Prismalos were completely new experience for us.