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We are rich in history and our operations are global. We invite you to learn more about our great company.

Who We Are

ACCO Brands, the HOME OF GREAT BRANDS BUILT BY GREAT PEOPLE, is one of the world's largest designers, marketers and manufacturers of branded academic, consumer and business products.

Our widely recognized brands include: 

Artline®, AT-A-GLANCE®, Derwent®, Esselte®, Five Star®, GBC®, Hilroy®, Kensington®, Leitz®, Mead®, Quartet®, Rapid®, Rexel®, Swingline®, Tilibra®, Wilson Jones® and many others. Our products are sold in more than 100 countries around the world.

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ACCO Brands Corporation Facts

2017 Sales: $1.95 billion
2017 Net Income: $136 million
Employees: Approximately 6,500
Headquarters: Lake Zurich, Illinois,
USA Stock: Traded on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol ACCO)

Our History

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.

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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