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Carl-Wilhelm Edding, the founder of the monastery, has died

Carl-Wilhelm Edding in 2010 with an Edding pen.

Carl-Wilhelm Edding in 2010 with an Edding pen.

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Carl-Wilhelm Edding became successful with permanent markers and felt-tip pens more than 50 years ago. The company name became the epitome of this product group. Now the co-founder of the stationery manufacturer Edding is dead.

The namesake of the Edding Group died on April 27 at the age of 90 in Hamburg, the company announced on Friday in Ahrensburg. The family initially wanted to mourn in a small circle.

Edding founded the company in 1960 with his school friend Volker Detlef Ledermann in a cellar in the Hamburg district of Barmbek – with start-up capital of 500 D-Marks. Before that, as an employee of a Japanese writing instrument manufacturer, he had come into contact with its felt-tip pens and soon wanted to develop and design his own products. The duo’s products were well received in German office supplies. After a short time, Edding products were also being used in warehouse management, shipping companies, offices and advertising agencies – and in other countries.

Edding left the company in 1986 – the name stayed

“The appreciative and authentic manner of Carl-Wilhelm as well as his entrepreneurial foresight have made a significant contribution to the worldwide expansion of Edding products,” wrote the company in the obituary of the passionate sailor. “We thank you for everything you have left us and will continue to cherish your name, but above all your values, with pride and a great sense of responsibility!”

Edding had set up the Foundation: do with most of his fortune. Under the leadership of his daughters Miriam and Gesine, she campaigns against racism and for migrants.

In 1986 Edding left the company when it went public, a little later the company moved to Ahrensburg in Schleswig-Holstein. Today the son of the co-founder Ledermann heads the company, which currently employs 679 people worldwide and in 2020 posted sales of 125.7 million euros and a profit of almost 5.3 million euros.

With material from the dpa

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