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Our Company

Our Company

ACCO Brands Corporation Facts

  • 2016 Sales: $1.56 billion
  • $95.5 million net income 
  • Employees: approximately 7,000
  • Headquarters: Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA
  • Stock: Traded on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol ACCO)


Our Commitment To Shareholder Value

ACCO Brands Corporation is committed to delivering long-term value for our shareholders. The power of our brands, our unmatched global customer reach, and our strategic and market strengths put us in a strong position to achieve this goal.

Going forward, we are committed to solidifying our industry and market leadership while building enhanced shareholder value through steady growth in our sales, operating income and earnings per share.

Our History

ACCO Brands Corporation has been one of the world’s largest suppliers of business, consumer and academic 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 office 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, the paper clip and the widespread popularization of staplers.  In the mid1920s, 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 as 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 in Australia and New Zealand. 

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.

At the end of the 20th century, 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®, and Xyron®, a brand of innovative products for craft, education and creative professional markets.

Today, the products of ACCO Brands can be found in more than 100 countries around the world. As home to more than 20 top brands in their categories – including Artline®, AT-A-GLANCE®,Derwent®, Five Star®, GBC®, Kensington®, Mead®, Leitz®, Quartet®, Rapid®, Swingline®, Tilibra® and Wilson Jones® – the company is poised to continue its global leadership and growth. 


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