Avery Dennison

Maker of adhesive labels and office products.

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150 North Orange Grove Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91103
Employees: 37,300
CEO: Dean Scarborough
Stock Symbol: AVY

Website: http://www.averydennison.com

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Avery Dennison is a leader in labels for office supplies and other pressure-sensitive technology.

The company is best known for its Avery-brand office automation and consumer products, Fasson-brand self-adhesive materials, reflective and graphic materials, peel-and-stick postage stamps, industrial labeling solutions, specialty tapes and performance polymers.

The Company's businesses are organized in three segments, along with other Specialty Converting Businesses:

Pressure-sensitive Materials manufactures Fasson-brand pressure-sensitive base materials, reflective and graphic materials and performance polymers.

Office and Consumer Products manufactures a variety of consumer products under the Avery-brand for the office, school and home.

Retail Information Services provides the retail and apparel manufacturing industries with a variety of price marking and brand identification products.

In addition to these business segments, Other Specialty Converting Businesses is comprised of several businesses that produce postage stamps, battery labels, performance films, as well as a variety of specialty tapes.

Avery Dennison has over 150 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 60 countries around the world.

For 2007, the company reported revenue of $6.3 billion and net income of $303.5 million.


In 1935, young entrepreneur R. Stanton Avery manufactures the world's first self-adhesive labels in a 100-square-foot rented loft space in Los Angeles. Marketing his labels under the name Kum Kleen Products, Avery improves his new product through innovation and determination. He develops the first die-cutting method, in-line machinery and rotary die for the manufacture of self-adhesive labels, the first synthetic-based pressure-sensitive adhesive and quick-release coated backing for self-adhesive products, the first systematic approach to label identification and pricing, and the first manual dispenser for self-adhesive labels. By the end of Avery Adhesives' first decade, annual sales approach half a million dollars.

The company would go public in 1964. In 1990, the Company becomes Avery Dennison through a major merger.

Updated January 1, 2009