Innovators in Organisation

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About Esselte

Esselte has origins in office products with a long tradition of developing innovative solutions to simplify and help to organise modern work. The company sells products and services in 144 countries around the world. With subsidiaries in 25 countries Esselte also owns a strong portfolio of international and local brands including its principal brands Leitz, Rapid, Esselte and Xyron.

 

Innovators in Organisation

Who we are: innovators in organisation

In 2013 our company celebrated a century of innovative organisational solutions for workplaces throughout the world. From our start as a collective of printing companies, we have responded to a changing market over the decades by developing numerous ground-breaking and award-winning products in our sector. Our current portfolio features everything from innovative Leitz Complete, a range of new accessories for mobile devices, to the best-loved Lever Arch file, to laminators for offices of the 21st century.

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100 years of innovations

From the beginning, we have strived to help our customers do bigger and better things through organisation. Our strategy: non-stop growth and innovation.

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1913 – The original office innovations

Our roots in innovative workplace organisation trace back to 1913, when 13 Swedish printing and graphic businesses joined forces to create the company SLT.

1970 – Enhancing our reach

After over 55 years in business as SLT, in 1970 our company renamed itself Esselte. Proudly wearing our new name, we developed by acquiring several high-profile international brands.

At the end of the 20th century, we also welcomed Leitz, Germany's largest office supplier and inventor of the Lever Arch File, to our Esselte family.

2000 – Strong and focused

Around 2000 we solidified our position as market leader in organisational products. In 2002 the US private equity investment firm J.W. Childs purchased Esselte. 

With our renewed focus on innovations, we acquired the world-renowned stapling and fixation specialist brand Rapid, and Xyron the brand for creative people.

Tomorrow is ours

Our future success relies on our unique family of brands and their relationships with consumers: they are our impetus and inspiration for creating efficient organsation solutions.

You already know the face of our brands from smart shop fronts, engaging catalogues, and fresh-looking e-commerce. But the employees of our company is our lean culture, our commitment to reduce waste and drive efficiency across all manufacturing and administrative sites.

By continually producing new and exciting organisation solutions, our outstanding team empowers us to thrive in a world of constant change. Esselte: Innovators in organisation for 100 years – and many more to come.

The Esselte Leadership Team

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