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Jakar: A solid heritage and constant development

03 Dec 2018

Paul Sacki, managing director of Jakar, tells us about the company and their plans for the future.

Tell us about Jakar?

Jakar International Limited is an established family business. My grandmother Lydia Sacki started the company in 1949. My father Kenneth Sacki joined the company in the mid-1950s and I entered the business in 1979. In the beginning we imported drawing instruments and cuckoo clocks from Germany. Soon after other stationery products were added to the range. Three years ago we moved into a new larger office and warehouse. We are proud to have come this far and look forward to celebrating our 70th anniversary next year.

What products do you specialise in?

We specialise in Art and Craft materials from all over the world, including Jakar own branded craft knives, cutting mats and drawing materials as well as the full range of the world famous Caran d’Ache artists’ materials and colour products, manufactured in Switzerland.

How is Jakar developing and growing?

We are going to launch a new website in early 2019 and a new Jakar catalogue will follow later in the year. We are continuously working on introducing new product lines throughout the year.

How has the last 12 months been for you?

It has been a very challenging year, particularly due to the continued uncertainty and confusion regarding Brexit. However, we have managed continued growth during the last 12 months.

What products were the most popular in 2018?

Looking at Jakar products, our new Fine Glitter, introduced earlier this year, has been a runaway success. The glitter is available in two sizes and 12 assorted colours each. Our Jakar poster paints, metallic, fluorescent, glitter paints which are all waterbased as well as the acrylic paint continue to be in high demand are always amongst our bestselling products.

The Caran d’Ache Prismalo water-soluble colour pencils which were the first ever water-soluble colour pencils available since 1931, Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels and Gouache water-based paints, both in pan and tube form, are still the most successful ranges for us. Also, and in particular in the run up to Christmas, the Caran d’Ache water-based metallic fibre tipped pens in gold and silver are in great demand.

What can we expect from Jakar in 2019?

In our 70th anniversary year we will be launching a number of new and interesting products which will be available from February 2019 onwards and we will be exhibiting these, together with our existing ranges at the London Stationery Show, at the Business Design Centre, in Islington from April 30th- May 1st 2019.

As in previous years, we will be present at the Patchings Art Festival, Nottingham, in July, Ilkley Art Show, Yorkshire, and of course Art Materials Live at the Creative Craft Show, at the NEC Birmingham, in November 2019.

Caran d’Ache will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Paperworld Trade Fair in Frankfurt, Germany from 26th–29th January 2019 in Hall 3.1 Stand No. G62.

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