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Our history

90 years of innovation in printing and coating technologies

Origins: carbon paper

1922
Creation of the company GALLAND & BROCHARD in Nantes

1925
Creation of the ARMOR brand

1964
First company to produce
carbon films in France
 

Birth of Thermal Transfer for industrial printing

1983
First company in Europe to possess Thermal Transfer technology

1990
Opening of a new plant in La Chevrolière, near Nantes

First Laser and Inkjet cartridges, the Group expands internationally

1992
Investment in the remanufactured Laser cartridge market by ARMOR Industries in Morocco

1993
Development and launch of the first ARMOR Inkjet cartridges

1996
ARTECH joins the ARMOR Group

1999
Creation of ARMOR USA and ARMOR ASIA

2004
Creation of ARMOR CHINA

2006
Opening of the Thermal Transfer Industrial Expertise Centre in La Chevrolière.
ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification 

2007
Creation of ARMOR BRASIL

2008
Signature of the Global Compact and Responsible Care charter
Launch of the sustainable development programmes "Decaplan" and "Alternative Print"

2009
Launch of the Solfree process, the 1st 100% solvent-free production process

2010
Acquisition of the companies WECARE4 (inkjet cartridge remanufacturing) and RECOLL (used cartridge collection).

Diversification into photovoltaic film and energy accessible to all

2010
Launch of the OSCAR R&D programme for the production of thin, flexible and organic photovoltaic films

2011
Launch of ARMOR University

2012
The Group's head offices return to their renovated historical location in the Chantenay district of Nantes

2013
Takeover of REVIALIS, a specialist in the collection, sorting and recycling of laser cartridges

New governance structure and first sales of current collectors for batteries

2014
Control of the ARMOR Group taken over by Hubert de BOISREDON and the management team

Creation of ARMOR INDIA
Creation of ARMOR AFRICA
Creation of ARMOR MEXICO

2015
New business sector for the ARMOR Group: Current collectors for batteries and supercapacitors


 

New logistics site and creation of three new activities

 

2016
Opening of a logistics site in Toronto (CANADA)

Launching of 3D OWA
Creation of new industrial inks business(A2i)
Launching of haptic actuators production


Market launch of the ASCA® solar solutions 
 
2018 
Founding of ARMOR COLOMBIA 
Launch of the Kimya additive manufacturing brand 
ARMOR acquires the business and intellectual property of Iconex Thermal Transfer 
Entry on to the board of Global Compact France 
 
2019 
Receipt of the Vitrine Industrie du Futur label for exemplary developments in its ongoing automation program and the digital transformation of its industrial plant 
 
2020 
The German company Opvius is integrated within ARMOR Solar Power Films 
Winner of the Climate trophy at the prestigious Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis sustainability awards 
 
2021 
ARMOR acquires the company IIMAK. 
The Armor Thermal Transfer business of the ARMOR Group becomes ARMOR-IIMAK.