ACCO Brands Corporation has been one of the world’s largest suppliers of academic, consumer and business products for more than a century. The company boasts a proud history of industry leadership, innovation and focus on delivering exceptional value for shareholders, customers and consumers by providing unique, leading-edge products.
ACCO Brands Corporation’s roots stretch back to the founding of Wilson Jones in 1893, the American Clip Company (ACCO) in 1903 and the Swingline Company in 1925. Together, these companies helped revolutionize the ways in which we record, store and organize information through the creation of products like the ring binder, paper clip and the widespread popularization of staplers. In the mid‐1920s, ACCO became an international presence when it opened offices in Canada and England, and it eventually acquired popular European office products brands such as Rexel®, a leading supplier of office products such including paper shredders, staplers, hole punches and laminators, and NOBO®, one of the world’s largest suppliers of office products, including white boards and easels. Later, it established itself in Australia and New Zealand with the addition of the Marbig® line of products, offering consumers a wide range of products with everything they need to work efficiently at home, work, school and on-the-go.
In 2005, the ACCO World office products unit of Fortune Brands joined together with General Binding Corporation (GBC), a manufacturer and developer of binding and laminating machines and supplies, creating ACCO Brands Corporation, an independent publicly traded company. The transaction brought together the complementary businesses, brands and strengths of ACCO World and GBC to form the world's largest supplier of branded office products.
ACCO Brands Corporation merged with MeadWestvaco’s Consumer & Office Products business in 2012, adding well-known school and office product brands including Mead®, Five Star®, Trapper Keeper®, AT-A-GLANCE®, Cambridge®, Day Runner®, Hilroy®, Tilibra® and Grafon’s™.
In 2016, ACCO Brands acquired Pelikan Artline, a former joint-venture company serving the Australian and New Zealand markets as a premier distributor of academic, consumer and business products.
In 2017, ACCO Brands acquired Esselte, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of office products and business supplies. Esselte first put its mark on the office products industry in 1913, when 13 Swedish printing and graphic businesses joined forces to create the company SLT. After more than 55 years in business as SLT, the company renamed itself Esselte in 1970 and acquired several high-profile international brands. It was the end of the 20th century when Esselte acquired Leitz, Germany's largest office supplier and inventor of the lever arch file. With a renewed focus on innovation, Esselte then acquired the world-renowned stapling and fixation specialist brand Rapid®, as well as Xyron®, a brand of innovative products for craft, education and creative professional markets.
ACCO Brands acquired the portfolio of Barrilito Brands, a leader in school and craft products in Mexico in 2018. Foroni, a leading provider of notebooks and paper-based school and office products in Brazil was acquired in 2019.
In 2020, ACCO Brands acquired PowerA™, a brand of innovative accessory products that enhance the world's best video game and mobile technology experiences. Accessories include console game controllers, power charging solutions, gaming audio headsets and a wide collection of other accessories. This acquisition represented a major step in ACCO Brands’ continuing strategy to transition into a faster growing, consumer, brand and innovation - focused company.
ACCO Brands, the HOME OF GREAT BRANDS BUILT BY GREAT PEOPLE, designs, manufactures and markets consumer and end-user products that help people work, learn, play and thrive. Our widely recognized brands include AT-A-GLANCE®, Five Star®, Kensington®, Leitz®, Mead®, PowerA®, Swingline®, Tilibra® and many others.
More information about ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE: ACCO) can be found at www.accobrands.com.