Camlin was established in 1931 by D.P. Dandekar and his brother G. P. Dandekar, starting operations as "Dandekar & Co." with "Horse Brand" Ink powders and tablets in 1931, and shortly started producing "Camel ink" for fountain pens.

Kokuyo Camlin Ltd., formerly known as "Camlin Ltd.", is an Indian Multinational stationery manufacturing company based in Mumbai. The company shares profits with Kokuyo of Japan, which holds around 51% stake in Kokuyo Camlin after buying it in 2012.