Along with Letraset, the French company Mecanorma was one of the major vendors of instant lettering. Along with licensing typefaces from other vendors, Mecanorma commissioned original typeface designs. In that time, their decorative materials, including their instant lettering were manufactured by a Dutch company Trip Productions.
From 1989 until 1994, Mecanorma worked with another Dutch company Visualogik to create digital versions of their typefaces. These typefaces were released in Type 1 format, bearing a “MN” suffix. In addition, Monotype licensed and digitized some of Mecanorma’s typefaces. In 1995, Mecanorma stepped back from the professional graphics market and entered into other areas such as home decoration.
1999, Trip Productions purchased the Mecanorma brand and what was left of the company. In 2004, International TypeFounders licensed the typefaces from Trip Productions and released them as the Mecanorma Collection. This helps to preserve one of the finest font libraries of display typefaces around, combining real arts and crafts into the tools of today.