Faber-Castell receives industry achievement award

  27 January 2006 – Frankfurt (GER): Anton Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell picked up the highly-regarded industry achievement award at the European Office Products Awards (EOPA) last night.   The Count, who is in the eighth generation of the Faber-Castell family that set up the company in the town of Stein near Nuremberg in 1761, has led the company successfully since 1978. He was given a warm reception by the 500 attendees as he joined the stage to give an emotional acceptance speech.   In a surprise award, Bill Armstrong picked up the special recognition award. The Spicers CEO recently announced his early retirement after 33 years with the company.   Other winners of the night included:   Most innovative company – Accentra    Environmental responsibility (for resellers) – Office Depot   Environmental responsibility (for manufacturers) – Pilot Corporation of Europe   Emerging reseller of the year – Euroffice   Vendor of the year below €50 million – Masters/SpaceworX   Vendor of the year above €50 million – 3M   Wholesaler/distributor of the year – Spicers   New product launch – GBC Europe, AccuCut/ClassicCut   Young professional of the year – Christian Horn, Corporate Express   Dealer group of the year – Advantia Business Solutions   Reseller of the year –office2office   Marketing initiative – Esselte