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Avery logo designed by Saul Bass in 1975.
S&P 500 Component
|Traded as||NYSE: AVY|
|Industry||Packaging and Labeling|
|Founded||Los Angeles, California, United States (1935)|
|Founder(s)||R. Stanton Avery|
|Headquarters||207 Goode Avenue
Glendale, California, United States
|Key people||Dean A. Scarborough, (President, Chief Executive Officer)|
|Products||Label materials, apparel branding labels, tags, tickets, specialty adhesive tapes, RFID, medical tapes, sensors, wound dressings|
|Revenue||US$6.026 billion (FY 2011)|
|Operating income||US$154.4 million (FY 2011)|
|Net income||US$190.1 million (FY 2011)|
|Total assets||US$4.973 billion (FY 2011)|
|Total equity||US$1.659 billion (FY 2011)|
|Employees||30,000 (Dec 2013)|
Avery Dennison Corporation is a global manufacturer and distributor of pressure-sensitive adhesive materials (such as self-adhesive labels), apparel branding labels and tags, RFID inlays, and specialty medical products.
The company was originally founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1935 as Kum Kleen Products, a partnership of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stanton Avery. The name was changed to Avery Adhesives in 1937. In 1946, the company was incorporated as Avery Adhesive Label Corp., and the name was subsequently changed to Avery Adhesive Products, Inc. in 1958, and to Avery Products Corporation in 1964. The name was changed again to Avery International Corporation in 1976, and it became Avery Dennison after the company merged with the Dennison Manufacturing Company in 1990.
The Dennison Manufacturing Company was founded by Andrew Dennison and his son Aaron Lufkin Dennison, residents of Brunswick. Maine, in 1844, as a jewelry- and watch-box manufacturing company located in the Dunlap Block of Maine Street. Five years later Aaron turned the Dennison Manufacturing Company over to his younger brother, Eliphalet Whorf Dennison, who took over and developed the company into a significant-size industrial enterprise. It was in 1898 that the business moved to a location in Framingham, Massachusetts. (Aaron Dennison went on to co-found the Waltham Watch Company in 1850, a leader in the American system of watch manufacturing using interchangeable parts.)
The company is headquartered in Glendale, California. It ranked number 375 on the 2013 Fortune 500 list with total sales of $6.8 billion. Sales from continuing operations were $6.0 billion. Its main line of business is self-adhesive materials for labeling and branding; its Pressure-Sensitive Materials segment was responsible for 71 percent of 2012 sales from continuing operations. The company operates in more than 50 countries and employs 26,000 people worldwide. Its first overseas subsidiary was established in the Netherlands in 1955.
The company operates through two segments:
- The Pressure-Sensitive Materials segment manufactures and sells pressure-sensitive roll-label materials, films for graphic applications, reflective highway-safety products, a variety of specialized tapes, performance polymers, and extruded films.
- The Retail Branding and Information Solutions segment designs, manufactures, and sells various branding and information management products and solutions for apparel and general retail, including tickets, graphic, barcode and radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, labels and inserts, woven and printed labels, external embellishments, price management systems, a variety of fasteners, and related supplies and equipment.
- The company also operates Vancive Medical Technologies, which provides products such as wearable sensors, barrier films, wound dressings and a variety of tapes and securement products for the healthcare industry. Results for Vancive Medical Technologies are reported in Other specialty converting businesses.
- The company sold its Office and Consumer Products and Designed and Engineered Solutions businesses to CCL Industries Inc. on July 1, 2013. The sale included the Avery brand used on office products. Avery Dennison continues to own the Avery Dennison brand.
In 2013, Avery Dennison and 3M Company agreed to settle patent and antitrust litigation between the parties. The litigation began when 3M alleged that Avery Dennison infringed 3M's patents related to retroreflective sheeting used for road signs and other highway and transportation products and requested an injunction to prevent Avery Dennison from selling its OmniCube retroreflective product. The court denied 3M's request, and after Avery Dennison brought claims of its own against 3M for patent infringement and antitrust violations, the parties agreed to dismiss three pending cases.
- "Avery Dennison, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Feb 27, 2012". secdatabase.com. Retrieved Jan 19, 2013.
- Avery Products Corporation. 1964 Annual Report, p. 17.
- "Strategic Report". Avery Dennison, PAC Consulting. PAC Consulting. 19 Apr 2004. p. 3. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
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