Kores (company)



Kores is a leading international brand of school and office products best known for solid glue sticks, dry correction tapes and Kolores coloured pencils. Kores was founded in 1887 by Wilhelm Koreska, the great-grandfather of Clemens Koreska, the current president of Kores Group. The worldwide HQ of Kores is based in Vienna, Austria and its main offices are in Czech Republic (Prague), Germany (Rommerskirchen), Mexico (Mexico City), Colombia (Bogotá) and Venezuela (Caracas). Kores has 2 key production facilities in Mexico City and Strmilov (Czech Republic). The iconic Kores dactylo was also portrayed on the cover poster of the Pedro Almodóvar’s movie “The Flower of my Secret”.

In the first part of 20th century, Kores expanded to become one of the world’s first globalized companies that produced chemical office products such as carbon paper, in countries as far and wide as China and Egypt. Kores had its own company magazine, Kores Revue, and an official sales handbook on how to sell carbon paper, which are displayed at the Kores museum display at the Vienna HQ. Following a decline in carbon paper sales due to changing office technology, Kores began focusing on the production of glue sticks and correction products from the 1990s, expanding into the new markets of Eastern Europe, as well as supplying global businesses in Western Europe and the United States. In the 2000s, under the leadership of Peter Koreska, Kores International Product Management began innovating a growing number of products such as Scooter and 2Way correction tapes, Neon coloured glue sticks, Bright Liner highlighters and Desk Pot and Design Line adhesive tape dispensers. Kores also introduced one of the largest ranges of coloured index notes for bookmarking and referencing. In 2009, the Kolores range of coloring pencils were launched worldwide as Kores expanded into school products. Kolores coloured pencils are known for their soft application, vivid colours and clean sharpening. Following the success of Kolores, Kores launched wax crayons, felt tip pens, pencils and sharpeners.

By 2010, Peter and Robert Koreska had purchased back the Kores trademark rights for the key markets of Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Scandinavia, thereby optimizing the Kores brand distribution potential. In the same year, Kores Germany launched a complete program of printer consumables, including laser toners, ink jet cartridges and typewriter ribbons, which are offered to the international Kores network of customers. In 2016 Kores celebrated 20 years of production at its Strmilov production plant. In 2017 Kores celebrated 130th anniversary!

The recent CEO message celebrating 130 years of Kores by Kores President, Clemens Koreska, looks forward to a future where Kores continues to develop high quality, innovative products in line with lifestyle, office and school trends.

In 2014 Kores was awarded with the Austrian Ecolabel. Now the glue sticks, produced in millions at the Kores factory in Czech Republic, can proudly carry the quality label awarded by the Austrian government. For more than 20 years the Austrian Ecolabel marks environmentally friendly products and services and thus provides guarantee to the customers. Gallery



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