COMPANY

1859

Albert Martz opens his paint and material goods shop in Stuttgart.

1870

Martz starts manufacturing watercolors. The first geometrical instruments lay the foundation for drawing equipment.

1909

Martz became Marabu. The “Marabu” trademark is registered with the Imperial Patent Office.

1920

Eberhard and Dr. Eduard Martz set up the Marabuwerke GmbH in Tamm.

1920-1921

The Marabuwerke launched poster distemper paints, the first paints specifically manufactured for designers and practical graphic designers. Poster paints became an important business field.

1939

Marabu produces the first watercolour box. This constitues the start of an educational school product range.

1952

Marabu presents the first screen printing of it’s own, Marapid, which was developed in it’s own laboratory.

1959

In Marabu’s 100th year, the company launches the elastic mounting gum “Fixogum” – a classic best-seller.

1971

Marabu enters the segment of hobby and leisure that in the long term will gain great importance for the company.

1995

Marabu has been certified according to ISO 9001 since 1995 and according to ISO 14001 since 2003. Marabu has been committed to the Responsible-Care® Initiative since 1998. In 2011 Marabu receives the SGIA Sustainability Award.

1999

Boom years for window paints: Marabu fun & fancy Window Colour dominates the market for several years.

2004

In Bietigheim-Bissingen, the new creative paint plant is opened. The plant is designed according to the latest ecological, technical and employee-friendly standards.

2007

Marabu buys the liquid lamination company Clearstar, founded in 1996. In 2011, it is renamed Marabu North America LP.

2009

Marabu celebrates its 150th anniversary.

2015

Fashion Spray is the most successful product since Window Colour.

2016

Marabu Creative Colours starts up in the USA.

2018

US launches the Marabu Candle-Liners and the Graphix® product line.