So, what I wanted to know is if there's been a change in ownership recently. For a while (and you can verify it from archive.org if ya want), Sanford had control of rotring (and you can see the change in the website from May
of 2001 for some evidence of it - though I forget the history, but I think it was in '98 when rotring was bought). And Newell-Rubbermaid bought Sanford and its family of pen companies as you can see in this archived page from 2000
. Nevermind, I found the history of the acquisitions again here
- Newell-Rubbermaid bought Sanford in '92, and Sanford bought rotring in '98. What I thought was goofy (maybe a half dozen years ago?) was when the rotring 600/Newton had a (pretty drastic, imo) change in its look, and then later (at least when I noticed it), Parker unveiled its Facet, which seemed just a variation (the number of "facets" or sides of the barrel changed) of the "new" Newton...
But now, at the Newell-Rubbermaid site, there aren't any other mentions of Sanford (besides in its history), yet you can see NR still owns Sanford's fam of pen companies (including Parker, Waterman, Uniball, Papermate and rotring). And then at the Sanfordb2b site, there's no mention of rotring. Also silly to me? Why does NR get its hands into stuff in which it isn't familiar? I mean, I understand it from a profit side of things, but does their ownership direct how the various pen companies do business, or are they left to be innovative, and then just have to give a portion of the income to NR?
Anyway, did Sanford sell its interest in rotring, and NR bought it directly?!? Or are the websites not up-to-date? Or did some other sort of change in ownership happen, which gave rotring the license or ability to market its 600 series again?
Well, just something I was curious about, since I had gotten a few emails from a bunch of online pen stores which announced the return of the rotring 600 series and rapidpro instruments. Like, somehow, they've finally been given permission again to sell what people have liked. Lo siento for the tangent; just curious if some business changes (like Sanford selling rotring directly to NR) has brought back rotring products (or allowed new stock to be produced once more).