Foreign operations were confiscated
The First World War did considerable harm to the German economy; Faber-Castell was among the companies that suffered serious losses. Several foreign operations were confiscated; the American subsidiaries were sold off after the armistice. It was to be many years before A.W. Faber-Castell (the former A.W. Faber) was able to set foot in North America again: not until 1994 did the company succeed in re-acquiring the brand-name rights for the USA and Canada.