Brief Company History
8. Oct. 2000
1919 Platignum Pen Co. started
life as the Mentmore Manufacturing Company, named after its first
premises - Mentmore Terrace in London. The company's first product
was a self-filling fountain pen with a gold plated nib which sold
for 6d (2.5p).
1925 The first replacement nib
unit was developed - a revolution in pen design. The Platignum name
was also introduced, and the slogan 'As good as gold' to reflect
the use of stainless steel for the first time. Mentmore were anxious
to register the name Platinum, but were unable to do so because
it could have contravened the laws of product description - as they
existed at that time. To overcome the problem, a company was registered
in the name of the "Platignum Pen Company" in 1925, and
products carrying the brand name "Platignum" were introduced.
1925 Platignum were the first
company to use injection moulding in the production of their pens.
1930 Mentmore went public with
a nominal capital of £6000.
1939-45 The outbreak of the
second world war meant that Platignum were only allowed to produce
25% of its pre-war pen output, with the major production concentrated
on munitions, aircraft parts and cap badges. The War Office entrusted
the company with the making of special 'spy' pens which could contain
maps and compasses. A deadlier model was also produced for use by
secret agents - it contained a poisoned dart which could kill at
1950 The company marketed their
own version of the ballpoint pen for 5/- (25p), and soon after invented
the retractable ballpen. Platignum, also around this time, invented
1957 A move to Stevenage meant
more space and allowed the company to diversify into plastic stationary
accessories and fibre tipped pens.
1984-93 Platignum relocated
to its present site in Royston and expanded its interests again
by acquiring an array of companies including Ivy stationary and
Gluetek (now Platignum's Paints and Adhesives division.
1997 Platignum acquired by Adare