The use of pencils and crayons dates back to the 15th century when they were the only products used for writing. Initially, pencils and crayons were made out of graphite but over time, pencils and crayons made of charcoal, clay, and carbon came into existence displaying various types of these products. Although production of pencils and crayons comes from the 15th and 19th century respectively, the exportation of these products came into existence later in the 19th century when more nations were embracing the writing and drawing materials. The invention of ink pens came into existence later.
Top Producers of Pencils and Crayons
According to research, China ranks as the top producer and exporter of pencils and crayons in the world. Although the exportation did not start until recently in the 19th century, its production dates back to early in the 18th century when there were no pens. The country exports pencils and crayons and makes 729 million dollars annually from its export sales accounting for 44% the total exports of pencils and crayons around the world. Studies indicate that the number will continue rising in the coming years due to significant demand in the market. The majority of China's exports of pencils and crayons are to the United States (22%), followed by smaller amounts to the United Kingdom (4.3%), Indonesia (3.8%), Vietnam (3.6%), Pakistan (3.5%), and the Philippines (3.4%) among others.
Germany exports a lot of products, but the pencils and crayon industry is booming because the state is investing a lot of money in its production. Germany receives a total of 166 million dollars per year from its pencil and crayon export sales. Pencil and crayon exports from Germany account for 10% of total pencil and crayon exports. The majority of Germany exports of pencils and crayons are to European countries, including the United Kingdom (7.8%), Italy (6.4%), Spain (5.3%), Czech Republic (5.2%), and the Netherlands (5.0%) among others.
Brazil is the third largest producer and exporter of pencils and crayons in the world at 6.4%. Brazil makes a total of 105 million dollars annually from its sales. Brazil exports its pencils and crayons to the United States (58%), Canada (7.3%), Peru (6.4%), and Argentina (6.0%) among others.
According to the Product Complexity Index (PCI), pencils and crayons are ranked in 715th place among the most traded products and the 682nd among the most complex products. Pencils and crayons are on demand for use in writing and drawing by artists. They are readily available in the market and affordable. More nations are embracing the production of pencils and crayons because they cheaper to manufacture and produce compared to other products. Exports of pencils and crayons now accounts for $1.64 billion.