A Royal Heritage12 Sep, 2008 By: Editorial Staff imageSource
A Royal Heritage
Royal Consumer Information Products, Inc. started out as the Royal
Typewriter Company. Originally founded in 1904 by Edward B. Hess and Lewis C.
Myers, the company began in a small machine shop in Brooklyn, New York, before
moving into a new factory in Hartford, Connecticut, four years later. For the
next 70 years, Royal produced millions of typewriters & became the undisputed
leader in the marketplace.
Only during World War II, when Royal’s manufacturing resources were used for
producing ordinance for the Army & Navy, did typewriter production cease. In
1954, Royal merged with McBee, a leading manufacturer of accounting and
statisical machines. The new company, Royal McBee, consistently was ranked a
Fortune 500 company and had over 12,000 employees. Royal was purchased by Litton
in 1965 and eventually was under various ownership during the next 35 years,
including Volkswagen, Triumph-Adler, and Olivetti. In 2004, there was a
management buy-out of Royal whereby the long standing brand name still remains
synonomous with quality and competative pricing.
the years, Royal used the foundation of its quality manufacturing to add
additional products. Calculators and cash registers were among the first and
quickly became the first choice for the American office/business. Today, Royal’s
transformation includes a distinctive product line of paper shredders, pencil
sharpeners, laminators, digital picture frames, postal scales, electronic and
manual typewriters, and supplies. The products are sold through various mass
merchandisers, warehouse clubs and office superstores, as well as through
Royal’s dealer base.
In addition to selling supplies for its own hardware, Royal has been selling
compatibles since 1926. That year, Royal created the Roytype brand name for its
supplies line of typewriter ribbons and carbon papers.
Today, Royal sells over 600 different Roytype products ranging from
compatible and remanufacured laser toner cartridges, ink jet cartridges, thermal
facsimile refills, drums, and typewriter and printer ribbons. All Roytype
products/components go through stringent quality controls before, during, and
after the manufacturing process ensuring that they meet and/or exceed OEM
specifications. Wherever possible, Royal uses only virgin empty cores and new
Royal has a tremendously rich heritage of quality and innovative product,”
says Darryl W. Bridson, Vice President, Marketing and Sales for the Imaging
Supplies Division. “This tradition has been a cornerstone of the company’s
success over the last 100+ years and will continue to be for the future. Our
supplies have been carefully designed and engineered to provide quality output
for the end-user. This gives our dealers the peace of mind of knowing that they
are selling one of the best products on the market today.”
Royal also carries more than 1,200 different OEM supplies, offering their
dealers a “one-stop-shop” for all their supplies purchases. Royal is able to
offer very competitively priced products due to their purchasing power and close
relationships with other OEMs. Major brands include HP, Lexmark, Brother,
Canon, Epson, Panasonic, Sharp, and many more.
Early Royal Typewriters
Company originally founded in 1904. By 1923, founder E.B. Hess was reported
to have collected more than 140 different patents dealing with typewriter
technology. Today, "Royal" markets many other office products including Royal
brand cash registers, shredders, PDAs, etc.