Arc International: from industrial showcase to world leader in tableware

2013-04-20 | Company news

“ … from a small family business to an industrial showcase …” how many times have we heard or read this phrase? But in the case of the company presented in this article it is more than true. Well, on its way to reaching 200 years of history, Arc International is an international group and the world leader in tableware, accelerating its internationalization in the 2000s in fast growing regions throughout the world. This article gives us just a short idea of what this Group is and can become in the future.

Arc International is the world leader in tableware
Founded in 1825, the small family business of Verrerie Cristallerie d’Arques initially made a name for itself as one of northern France’s industrial showcases before emerging over the years as an international group and the world leader in tableware.
The rise of Arc International is closely linked to that of a visionary family that has contributed its ambition, values and stability, making technological innovation the key factor behind the company’s expansion.

From craftsmen-made glass products to the first tank furnace
After joining the glassmaking factory in 1897, Georges Durand acquired it in 1916. The company’s expansion strengthened after the First World War when Georges Durand’s second son, Jacques, joined the firm.
In 1930, Jacques Durand visited the United States to study American glass plants, which were already equipped with tank furnaces and automatic machines. With the future and company development in mind, he developed new production techniques and gradually equipped the company with new machines. This enabled the company to improve production while continuing to guarantee creativity in glassmaking. An initial tank furnace was built and the first presses were installed in 1934.
After the Second World War, Verrerie Cristallerie d’Arques continued its industrial expansion and, in 1950, was producing 15,000 tonnes of glass per year with a workforce of 993 people.
Side by side with expansion, the company also continued its policy of innovation. It was the firs...






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