Exceeding your expectations whether you are a customer, a business partner, an employee or a community member – that’s what motivates us. Every day we challenge ourselves to help you succeed.
– Maryne Lemvik, CEO
Skanem and Multi-Color Corporation, one of the largest label companies in the world, have entered an agreement for MCC to aquire the Skanem companies in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, UK, Poland and Thailand. The operations in India and Kenya will remain in the Skanem Group and will be the platform for expansion in India and Africa through both organic growth and acquisitions. Read more here
But our most important asset is our fantastic label experts.
We produce millions of labels every day!
Skanem labels are seen on millions of products every day and pretty much everywhere whether you are at home, office, or at a grocery store. We create labelling solutions to help brands make their products look beautiful, stay secure, share information with end users and at the same time be kind to the environment. Our labels come with a promise of quality, durability, and a genuine effort to help you increase your sales.
Skanem’s History – from metal cans to connected labels
Today Skanem has factories in 8 countries and is one of the leading label suppliers in Norway, Poland, Kenya and India.
Maryne Lemvik takes over as CEO of Skanem Group. Ole Rugland takes the position of Executive Chairman.
Skanem identifies growing markets in Africa and India and therefore acquires Interlabels India and Interlabels Kenya.
Skanem builds own production plant in Bangkok to make a debut in the Asian market. The Bangkok plant was built to cater to a customer’s growing demand in the region.
Skanem moves into the Eastern European market by acquiring a print company named Introl in Russia and Poland.
Skanem sells most metal packaging and film companies, to focus solely on self-adhesive labels
Skanem acquires SE labels.
With decreased demand of metal cans in Scandinavia, Skanem wanted to grow into new markets.
Skanem expanded out of Norway and acquired Hydrocan and Nordisk Blik in Denmark and started to export deep drawn aluminium cans to mainland Europe and the far east.
Noblikk Sannem, the largest metal packaging company in Norway was acquired by Skanem.
With focus on metal packaging, Skanem was able to grow substantially in the Norwegian and Danish market.
Ole Rugland was hired as Managing Director in March 1985 and acquired Skanem in August 1986.
With a flourishing partnership with Stavanger Bliktrykkeri, Cebal decided to buy the company. The name was changed to Skanem, which is a combination of two words, Scandinavia and Emballage. Skanem became the patent holder and first supplier of easy open lid for aluminium cans in Norway.
Stavanger Bliktrykkeri partnered with a French company called Cebal to develop deep drawn aluminium cans with easy opening lids.
A positive consumer growth in Norway made the company focus on tin cans for food and paint. The company invested in automatic welding machines and printing presses.
The name Stavanger Bliktrykkeri og Maskinverksted changed to Stavanger Bliktrykkeri.
Two of the founders, Albert L. Barstad and Halfdan Abel-Lunde took retirement after having led the company for 39 years.
Stavanger Bliktrykkeri og Maskinverksted was known for taking good care of its people and ahead of its times with respect to work environment and labour rights e.g. paid holidays, bonuses and inflation relief funds.
The company was a pioneer in innovations and owned 10 different patents.
The business achieved rapid success and growth. The number of employees grew from 30 in 1905 to 300 in 1911.
In the late 19th century, the Norwegian industry for canned fish products grew rapidly. In the Stavanger region alone, there were over 60 canning factories. To cater to the growing demand for tin cans, Skanem was founded in Norway by Albert L. Barstad, Halfdan Abel Lunde and Robert Paul Richard Scholz as Stavanger Bliktrykkeri og Maskinverksted. The company was later popularly known as ‘Blikken’.
We at Skanem are concerned not only with results, but with how those results are achieved. It is of utmost importance to us that we conduct our business with integrity, honesty, and openness.
Skanem whistleblower channel
We strongly prefer direct communication, but respect that can be difficult. You may therefore use Skanem’s independent whistleblower channel to report issues of concern that may threaten the company’s finances, operations or reputation.