ABnote Timeline

ABnote has a merger-filled history, with one specific interesting-though-confusing merger occuring in 1990. Here’s an overview.   In 1968 Edward Weitzen becomes president of the nearly bankrupt conglomerate B.T. Babbitt, Inc. He changes its name to B.T.B. Corp and focuses the company’s efforts on specialty printing. 1969, Weitzen acquires American Bank Note Company. In the … Continue reading


ABnote is a holding company that operates through its subsidiaries, ABnote North America, ABnote South America, ABnote Europe, ABnote Australasia, ABnote NZ, CPS Technologies (France), Keystone (Canada), and American Banknote Company (US). It is the number one plastic card manufacturer in the world, as well as the exclusive distributor of stamps for the USPS. ABnote … Continue reading

Privately Held Companies

In our research on currency and securities printers, we’ve come across many privately held companies. As a brief review: Crane & Co. – privately held, still family-owned (non-family CEO) ABnote – privately held De La Rue – publicly traded, listed on the London Stock Market (DLAR) Giesecke & Devrient – privately held, still family-owned (non-family … Continue reading