Ballograf AB is a Swedish manufacturer of ballpoint pens and mechanical pencils. Ballograf manufactures its products from raw materials to the finished product at its Gothenburg factory.
Ballograf produces more than 4 million writing instruments a year, with only 30 employees. Fifty percent of its production is consumed in the Scandinavian countries, while the other half is exported worldwide, mainly to Western Europe.
In 1945, two Austrians, Eugen Spitzer and Victor Reich, founded a company in Göteborg to sell office supplies with the help of Friedrich Schaechter, a young Austrian inventor. The manufacture of ballpoint pens began with Schaechter’s small-scale experiments in a garage on St. Pauli Street. Production then increased and the company moved to Krokslätt Street in Mölndal, the company now called Ballografverken, where Fritz Schaechter remained until 1951 as head of development. The Ballograf brand was marketed in the Nordic countries and quickly became famous. Ballograf launched a ballpoint pen with a push mechanism at a very early stage, which increased usability. In 1956, Ballograf introduced a ball cartridge containing photostable ink later certified to become the archival ink. This was the major breakthrough for the ballpoint pen as it was now possible for public authorities and businesses to use it. Ballograf was the leading brand of ballpoint pen in the Nordic countries. Sales are also increasing in other European countries, including Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The company, although based on ballpoint pens, manufactured feather pens during this period. In 1959, the company was bought by the French group BIC, which wanted to establish itself on the Scandinavian market of office supplies. In 2004, BIC decided to sell the brand, as well as Ballograf product manufacturing, to the General Manager of Nordic Operations. The sale was completed on November 1, 2004 and 50% of the company is now owned by Jan Johansson and 50% by Tommy Kvist. Current production is sold worldwide with a high acceptance of all its users.