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02/02/12 - 2/2/2012 LYRECO ENTERED INTO STRATEGIC ALLIANCES
LYRECO ENTERED INTO STRATEGIC ALLIANCES

Lyreco is pleased to announce the signature of two strategic alliances with Inforshop (Brazil) and Marken (Argentina), two fast-growing and leading office supplies distributors on their respective markets.

Founded in 1986 and based in São Paulo (Brazilian economic capital), Inforshop is among the leading office supplies distributors in Brazil. Inforshop has a turnover around BRL 200 million (€ 85 million) and has more than doubled its sales since 2008. Operating from 6 different locations, Inforshop provides a nationwide coverage to its customers and employs 280 people.

Founded in 2001, Marken is a fast-growing contract stationer in Argentinean market. Marken has a turnover around ARS 25 million (€ 4.5 million), being the Argentinean sales best-performer in its industry as its sales doubled since 2009. The company is located in Buenos Aires and has 37 employees.

Lyreco is the European leader for office supplies and also operates in Canada, Australia and across Asia. The annual sales of Lyreco reach around € 2.2 billion in 2011. With these 2 new partnerships in South America, Lyreco covers now 37 countries in 5 continents.

 “We are very enthusiastic to initiate long-term relationships and develop business with 2 new partners sharing common values and fanatically service-driven. These partnerships embody a unique opportunity to expand our global coverage and start servicing our global customers in South America.” declared Steve Law, CEO of Lyreco

“Entering into partnership with a player of the size and credibility of Lyreco is something to be proud of. We share the same values, philosophies and quality commitment, sustained by the ISO certification. From now on, I will work even harder.” stated José Mario Britto, CEO of Inforshop.

”This is a major new step for the development of our company in Argentina” added Facundo Echavarria, CEO of Marken. ”In combination with Lyreco global leadership and expertise, Marken will enhance its abilities for creating value and to develop new and innovative solutions to our customers in Argentina.”


About Lyreco:
Lyreco is a privately-owned provider of workplace supplies solutions to the business community and a leader in business-to-business office products solutions. With 10,000 employees including a sales force of over 4,500 people, its core expertise is in the focus on customer service and distribution excellence. As well as being market leader in Europe, Lyreco is also present in North America, Australia and Asia operating in 27 countries. The group generated sales of € 2.2 billion in 2011. Adding partners, it covers 37 countries over 5 continents. The sales partners of Lyreco are:

- OFFICEMAX covering the USA and Mexico markets,
- ASKUL in Japan,
- OFFICEPRO in Taiwan,
- WALTONS covering the markets in Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique),
- OFFICE PRODUCTS DEPOT in New Zealand,
- INFORSHOP in Brazil,
- MARKEN in Argentina.
 

For more information please visit www.lyreco.com
 

About Inforshop:
Inforshop is a Brazilian privately-owned office supplies distributor. Based in São Paulo with 5 additional locations (Bahia, Brasilia, Extrema, Itu, Rio de Janeiro), Inforshop offers a nationwide coverage to its customers. Inforshop generated sales of € 80 million (200 MBRL) in 2011 and employs 280 people.

For more information please visit www.inforshop.com.br 


About Marken:
Marken is an Argentinean privately-owned office supplies distributor. Based in Buenos Aires, the company employs 37 people. With a nationwide coverage, Marken generated sales of € 4.5 million (25 MARS) in 2011.

For more information please visit www.marken.com.ar 

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02/02/12 - 02/02/2012 LYRECO WINS THE EUROPEAN OFFICE PRODUCTS AWARD IN THE COPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CATEGORY
LYRECO WINS THE EUROPEAN OFFICE PRODUCTS AWARD IN THE COPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CATEGORY

January, 30th 2012, more than 350 guests were present at the prestigious annual awards dinner, which is organised by OPI during Paperworld in Frankfurt.

The Corporate Social Responsibility award was then received by Steve Law – Lyreco CEO (see the enclosed picture).

The entries have been judged by a panel of office products industry executives, including 3M, Avery, Brother, Esselte, Fellowes, Pilot, Quantore and OPI.

The short listed companies for the award were: BIC, Esselte, Lyreco, Office Team, Staples.

The assessment criteria and elements taken into account by the judges were:
- The CSR programmes, practices and policies that enhance the company as a socially and environmentally aware operation.
- The steps taken to develop a more responsible corporate culture. This could be green initiatives, educational/motivational initiatives for staff or customers, training etc.
- The additional schemes to improve the operational impact. For example, community initiatives, joint ventures with local governments and NGOs, etc.
- The effective monitoring of our CSR initiatives.

Through its press release, OPI said “Judges praised Lyreco as a company that lives, works and breathes its approach to CSR, consistent in everything it does”.

This award is for sure a source of pride for all the Lyreco staffs who contribute on a daily basis to our Sustainability strategy.

 

 
01/10/11 - LYRECO ACQUIRES “WASER BÜRO” IN SWITZERLAND
LYRECO ACQUIRES “WASER BÜRO” IN SWITZERLAND

Lyreco is proud to announce today the acquisition of Waser Bürocenter AG and its subsidiary Aepli Office AG in Switzerland.

Waser Bürocenter is a long-time family-owned business being founded in 1845 by Mr J.H. Waser and trades under the names “Waserbüro”, “Aepli” and “Waserpromo”. It counts some 105 employees and realised an annual turnover of CHF 50 million.

Based in Zurich, Waser Bürocenter has nationwide contract operations in Switzerland.The 4 retail stores are excluded from the transaction.

Lyreco is already the leader in most European markets and the combination of both Waser Bürocenter and Lyreco businesses will strengthen Lyreco’s leading position and operations on the Swiss market.

The acquisition will enable Waser Bürocenter to benefit from Lyreco’s global buying leverage, expertise and systems, having previously only been a sales partner of Staples. Furthermore, Waser Bürocenter customers will now enjoy direct access to 27 countries across 5 continents.

Heinz Waser, Chairman and CEO of Waser Bürocenter, who remains in office as CEO and will actively participate in the integration process, stated: “We are convinced that Lyreco is the ideal strategic partner for the development of Waser Büro. We have decided to join forces to bring maximum customer benefits in the long run and at the same time ensure an optimal solution to the question of succession. The partnership is in the best interest of Waser Büro and all its stakeholders: employees, customers and suppliers. We are delighted to have with Lyreco a market-leading partner that shares our high standards and our core values”.

Philippe Martinez added: “I am thrilled with the acquisition of Waser Bürocenter. Being a privately-owned business, our two organisations share similar values that I am convinced will lead to a better offer for all our customers. I warmly welcome our new colleagues from Waser Bürocenter on board and I am sure that we will jointly make another success story in Lyreco development”.