history

history


INNOVATION: PART OF THE GROUP'S DNA
THE GROUP'S HISTORY DATES BACK TO 1825 AND THE CREATION OF THE VERRERIE-CRISTALLERIE D'ARQUES

This small family-owned business experienced spectacular growth after the First World War, under the guidance of its managers: Georges Durand and his son Jacques.
1825
1825
THE GROUP'S HISTORY DATES BACK TO 1825 AND THE CREATION OF THE VERRERIE-CRISTALLERIE D'ARQUES

This small family-owned business experienced spectacular growth after the First World War, under the guidance of its managers: Georges Durand and his son Jacques.
1930
AS EARLY AS 1930, THE VERRERIE-CRISTALLERIE D'ARQUES STOOD OUT AS A PIONNER.

It was the first company in France to install a tank furnace and presses. A few years later, it installed the first glass-blowing machines. These technologies were imported from the United States and relatively unknown in Europe.
1968
FROM THE OUTSET, THE COMPANY KEPT INNOVATING, MAKING BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS THAT EVERYONE COULD AFFORD.

It was the first company in France to sell glasses with decorations and to automate opal glass manufacturing. In 1968, it automated the production of crystal glasses with stems. This was a world revolution in the industry at the time!

Thanks to its audacity and success, the Verrerie-Cristallerie d'Arques grew into an international industrial group.
2000
THE GROUP WAS RENAMED ARC INTERNATIONAL IN 2000, AND CONTINUES TO INNOVATE FROM ITS BASE IN ITS HOME REGION.

With its revolutionary materials and inventive collections, Arc has contributed to both the history of glass-making and tableware... and continues to do so! Each day, the company’s teams draw on their creativity and expertise to meet users’ needs. They imagine and design the shapes, technologies and materials of the future.
2016
ARC INTERNATIONAL BECOMES ARC.

A new graphic identity and new name reflecting the Group’s ambitions!
THE GROUP'S HISTORY DATES BACK TO 1825 AND THE CREATION OF THE VERRERIE-CRISTALLERIE D'ARQUES

This small family-owned business experienced spectacular growth after the First World War, under the guidance of its managers: Georges Durand and his son Jacques.
1825
1930
AS EARLY AS 1930, THE VERRERIE-CRISTALLERIE D'ARQUES STOOD OUT AS A PIONNER.

It was the first company in France to install a tank furnace and presses. A few years later, it installed the first glass-blowing machines. These technologies were imported from the United States and relatively unknown in Europe.
FROM THE OUTSET, THE COMPANY KEPT INNOVATING, MAKING BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS THAT EVERYONE COULD AFFORD.

It was the first company in France to sell glasses with decorations and to automate opal glass manufacturing. In 1968, it automated the production of crystal glasses with stems. This was a world revolution in the industry at the time!

Thanks to its audacity and success, the Verrerie-Cristallerie d'Arques grew into an international industrial group.
1968
2000
THE GROUP WAS RENAMED ARC INTERNATIONAL IN 2000, AND CONTINUES TO INNOVATE FROM ITS BASE IN ITS HOME REGION.

With its revolutionary materials and inventive collections, Arc has contributed to both the history of glass-making and tableware... and continues to do so! Each day, the company’s teams draw on their creativity and expertise to meet users’ needs. They imagine and design the shapes, technologies and materials of the future.

Arc brands anniversary video

dates clés

2016
1930
1825

Creation of the Verrerie-Cristallerie d'Arques.
1825

Creation of the Verrerie-Cristallerie d'Arques.
1930

Construction of the first tank furnace and first presses.
1948

Creation of the Luminarc brand
1958

Creation of the Arcopal brand with the first automated production of opal glass. Creation of the Arcoroc brand which offers shock-resistant tempered glass collections.
1960

Automation of stem-glass production for the first time in France.
1968

First ever automated production of crystal glasses. Creation of the Cristal d'Arques brand.
2000

The Verrerie-Cristallerie d'Arques becomes ARC INTERNATIONAL.
2008

Creation of the Chef&Sommelier brand.
2010

Creation of Zenix®, a new type of glass manufactured from minerals, highly resistant to heat and mechanical shocks and scratches.
Tim Gollin, Executive President of the Group
2015

Recapitalization of the ARC INTERNATIONAL Group.
2016

ARC INTERNATIONAL becomes Arc.
A new graphic identity and new name reflecting the Group’s ambitions! Creation of the Eclat brand.
Creation of Krysta®, a heavy-metal free crystalline
2018

Arc celebrates its brands anniversary