In 1947, William N. Lane and two partners founded General Binding Corporation (GBC) to meet the binding equipment needs of Chicago’s many printers. The company quickly took off and introduced the Combo comb binding machine in 1960 to make mechanical binding accessible to the masses. A few years later, in 1966, the tabletop laminator was introduced to make laminating more accessible as well. GBC continued to innovate and grow by launching a shredder business in 1973 and expanding into visual communication in 1996. Throughout the years, GBC has succeeded in improving binding and laminating to offer a variety of quick, easy and complete document finishing solutions to meet all business needs.
GBC merged with ACCO Brands in 2005 to become part of the world’s largest supplier of branded office products, consumer products and print finishing solutions. ACCO markets products in more than 100 countries around the world through an internal sales force and numerous distribution networks. The company has a long history of industry leadership and innovation and is focused on delivering products of exceptional value. Widely recognised ACCO Brands include AT-A-GLANCE®, Day-Timer®, Five Star®, Hilroy®, Kensington®, Mead®, NOBO®, Quartet®, Rexel®, Swingline®, Tilibra®, Wilson Jones® and many others. Please visit accobrands.com for more information.
Derwent has a long and distinguished heritage, stretching back to the discovery of graphite in the Borrowdale area in the early 1500s. Our pencils have been made in Cumbria since 1832 and generations of local craftsmen have used their unique skills to perfect the art of pencil making. We are very proud of our heritage because it has made us who we are today. The expertise we have gained over so many years has enabled us to develop the finest range of art materials in the world and we're even more proud of that.
Derwent also has a reputation for innovation. From the classic ranges of Artists, Graphic and Watercolour to exciting introductions such as Graphitint, Aquatone and Tinted Charcoal, Derwent has been inspiring artists worldwide for many years and continues to do so.
Quartet Manufacturing was founded in 1954 and quickly became the largest provider of whiteboard, bulletin and chalkboard products. In 1985 Quartet® introduced their 1st electronic copy board and continued to rise by providing high-quality, innovative products and expanding its dry-erase and whiteboard selections for business and education. Quartet merged with ACCO Brands in 2005 and strives to now help consumers across all industries succeed in their professional life.
Today, Quartet still holds the title of largest provider of whiteboard, bulletin and chalkboard products and is the premier manufacturer of a full line of visual communication products. Quartet makes tools that help you organize, think, collaborate and communicate. We understand that you face new challenges every day, and need to adapt. Quartet supports you by making products that work the way you work, with tools to match your needs at home and in the office. Quartet products are high-quality, reliable and designed to help you create, innovate and communicate.
Kensington is a leader in desktop and mobile device accessories, trusted by organizations around the world for nearly 35 years. Kensington products empower people to be more productive and create content at the highest levels. In both desktop and mobile environments, Kensington’s extensive lineup of award-winning products provide trusted security, desktop productivity innovations, and ergonomic well-being.
Kensington is also the inventor and worldwide leader in laptop security locks, the acknowledged leader of Trackball innovation and offers a broad range of premium-branded desktop productivity solutions. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Kensington operates as the Computer Products Group of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe.
Our tradition holds us to high-quality standards for development. Our commitment to our customers means that the details matter. Our core competencies in engineering, industrial design, product quality, and responsive tech support make Kensington:
Engineering — Design for Compatibility
We look for common platform opportunities to ensure compatibility wherever possible. Across the Kensington product portfolio, systems and hardware, we design to make things work well together.
Industrial Design — Every Product Is Professional Grade
Our Industrial Design team creates professional-grade products that can survive in business applications, and that fits in seamlessly to productivity environments. This means you’ll look like, and feel like, a professional when using Kensington products.
Product — Details that Matter
Whether it is a complex or simple product, we care about the details. We strive to ensure all our products have that extra ingredient or feature to make our product that much better.
Tech Support — If You’re Working, So Are We
Support when you need it. Our technical support team understands and serves professional use cases. Around the globe, every customer is treated as a professional and gets the benefit of an always-on tech support team.
Quality — Tested, Proven and Reliable
The Kensington Quality Engineering team has three decades of experience in high-volume manufacturing of hardware IT products. Rigorous test cycles help us build great products with robust components. We test above industry standards. This ensures our end-users receive a higher-quality product over the long haul.