ARMOR celebrates 100 years – the independent global source for the flexible and printed electronics industry.

A century has passed since the founding of Galland et Brochard in 1922, a company dedicated to responding to the growing demand for carbon paper. Originally bearing the name of its founders, a trademark was established in 1925, which later became the group’s name. ARMOR was born.

The business quickly took on an industrial dimension when a factory was opened at the Chantenay site in 1956. ARMOR then developed typewriter ribbons, followed by Fax4 rolls.

In 1983, the company was the first in Europe to acquire thermal transfer technology and in 1990 the new plant at La Chevrolière started operations, the size of which has since more than doubled. The 1990s were also marked by the first investments in remanufactured laser cartridges at ARMOR Industries in Morocco and the development and launch of the first ARMOR inkjet cartridges.

The group took on an international dimension just before the turn of the millennium, notably with the creation of subsidiaries ARMOR Asia and ARMOR USA in 1999, followed by ARMOR China in 2004 and ARMOR Brazil in 2007. Subsidiaries in India, Africa and Mexico were established founded in 2014, closely followed by offices in Canada in 2015 and Colombia a year later.

2010 marked the start of the group’s diversified businesses, commonly referred to as NewTechs. Notably through the launch of the OSCAR R&D program, which seven years later led to the launch of ASCA’s organic photovoltaic solutions.

A second NewTech was born in 2015, namely ACES, which manufactures current collectors for batteries and supercapacitors. Finally, in 2018, the additive manufacturing business was founded and named KIMYA.

As the ARMOR story is just beginning, it has more recently been marked by the creation of two key companies. In 2020, the organic photovoltaic film business merged with the German company Opvius. The following year, the thermal transfer business also announced a major acquisition, resulting in the formation of ARMOR-IIMAK.

In 100 years the company has grown and diversified. In 2022, it is a group with 26 industrial and logistics sites and research centers around the world, employing 2,450 people (including 780 in France) and generating a turnover of 403 million euros. ARMOR is the world’s leading supplier of thermal transfer ribbons and the leading seller of remanufactured laser cartridges in France. The company is majority owned by management and employees.

“For 100 years, it’s the men and women of the ARMOR community who have made the company grow. This anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate, to share, to remember… an opportunity to highlight the key steps that the Group has taken, what it is today, to discover or rediscover its history, as well as that of the people without whom nothing would be possible would have been. An invitation to draw from our past the momentum, courage and creativity to build our future,” said Hubert de Boisredon, ARMOR Chairman and CEO.

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