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Acme United brings cutting and coating technologies to Asia

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 October, 2015, 4:24pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 March, 2016, 5:09pm

The old adage of "every great name has a humble beginning" holds true for Acme United. Tracing its roots as a shear shop founded in 1867, the company has emerged as a leading global supplier of innovative branded cutting devices, measuring instruments and safety products. 

"We draw on knowledge, skills and methods developed since our inception and combine them with the latest technology to create products with excellent quality and reliability," says chairman and CEO Walter Johnsen. 

New York Stock Exchange-listed Acme United sells and markets products under seven global brands. Westcott, its flagship brand, provides cutting and measuring supplies for school, home and office use. For its speciality scissors and knife products, its Camillus trademark caters to the hunting, sporting and tactical markets, while Clauss is a trusted name in the hardware and industrial segments. Its Cuda fishing products are built and thoroughly tested for saltwater and freshwater fishing. With 150 patents worldwide, the company's cutting tools are enhanced with proprietary non-stick coatings with antimicrobial properties and titanium carbonitride coatings for increased blade hardness.

Acme United's safety products, which include industrial first aid, emergency and disaster kits and over-the-counter medication refills, are branded under PhysiciansCare, Pac-Kit and First Aid Only. Its smart-compliant first-aid kits meet the regulatory requirements of various industries and are used in intense working conditions such as in fracking, offshore drilling, oil and gas, and power generation worksites.

Asia remains a strategic market for Acme United due to the region's increasing interest in quality American-branded products, particularly in China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines. The company has a sales office in Beijing and a subsidiary in Hong Kong, where it eyes acquisition opportunities to expand its first-aid business. 

"Our regional success hinges on forging strong relationships with manufacturing partners and nurturing long-standing ties with our Chinese suppliers for continued growth," Johnsen says.


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