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OUR HISTORY

Over 70 Years Of Heritage

OUR HISTORY
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Our Story

GBC is a specialist brand that manufactures high-performance business machines and systems. The GBC story began in 1947 when founder, William Lane, and two business partners helped a local printers to find a faster, more reliable way to bind and laminate.

GBC, or the General  Binding Corporation, has a proven history of providing world class, innovative and first to market business solutions, always leading the way to define our product categories.

In 1960 we introduced KomboKoil; the first machine to combine punching and binding, quickly followed by the first electric, desktop binding punch in 1961. GBC entered the lamination category in 1966 when we launched the worlds first tabletop A4 laminator.

Today, GBC has over 70 years of industry expertise; becoming the global leader in the binding and laminating categories.

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 GBC Office Solutions Then and Now

GBC's brand values ensure that our customers trust us to deliver perfectly finished documents that they can rely on to represent their professional image to the highest standard.

Then - Since launching the first tabletop A4 laminator in 1966, we've consistently evolved our technology and machines.

Now - In 2019 we introduced Foton 30; the worlds first fully automatic A3 laminator, which has provided game changing innovation for the category.

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Our Innovative Lamination Machines

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1994 - Launch worlds first carrier free pouch laminator
1994 - Launch worlds first carrier free pouch laminator

Groundbreaking innovation for the category, helping to shape the future of lamination.

 

1995 - Launch of first commercial laminator
1995 - Launch of first commercial laminator

Introducing the first high-speed commercial lamination system

2009 - Launch of Quickstart first high speed warm-up laminator
2009 - Launch of Quickstart first high speed warm-up laminator

Launch of Quickstart; the first one minute warm-up laminator

 

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Iconic Office Binding Machines

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1960 - Launch of KomboCoil comb binding machine
1960 - Launch of KomboCoil comb binding machine

The first machine to combine punching and binding in a single solution

1973 - Launch of ThermaBind® thermal binding systems
1973 - Launch of  ThermaBind® thermal binding systems

The worlds first thermal binding system

1989 - GBC introduces the innovative CombBind® system
1989 - GBC introduces the innovative CombBind® system

The first one step mechanical comb binding system

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Our Brand Values

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 - Sustainability -

One of ACCO Brands’ core values is acting responsibly in our global community.

We believe that doing well as a business goes hand-in-hand with being good citizens.  Our initiatives are global in scope and include social, environmental, employment, governance and charitable programs that benefit our employees, shareholders, customers and communities where we do business.

 

ACCO Brands EMEA Sustainability Development 2018 Report

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Corporate Social Responsibility

We are committed to being responsible local and corporate citizens. Our ethical vision extends beyond compliance and builds on a fundamental commitment to integrity, embracing diversity, teamwork, respect and acting as a responsible partner in our global community.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Environmental Responsibility

Our parent company, ACCO Brands, works not only to provide a safe workplace for our employees, but to do business in an environmentally responsible manner.  

As part of our commitment to the environment, we are careful to design products and processes in ways that reduce our carbon footprint, while still meeting the needs of our customers. 

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Environmental Responsibility

Product Safety and Compliance

ACCO Brands manufactures, distributes, imports and sells our products with our customers in mind and is dedicated to always making their safety our priority.

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Product Safety and Compliance