We’re often asked why the company is called Amscan. It’s very simple; our founders were American and Scandinavian, hence Amscan.
That was in 1947, and since then we’ve grown substantially, with over 2000 people now employed in our worldwide wholesale divisions.
Amscan sales, warehouse and manufacturing facilities are located across the world. That means we’re never far from our customers and can offer a fast, knowledgeable and localised service.
Our UK headquarters and showroom are both located in Milton Keynes. Amscan Inc.’s other worldwide locations include our corporate headquarters in Elmsford, NY, as well as our locations in China, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and Australia.
Inclusive of the UK, we have seven state-of-the-art distribution centres throughout the world and further showrooms in New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, Toronto and Hong Kong.
With six manufacturing facilities in America, as well as others in Asia, Amscan UK is strongly positioned to deliver fantastic value and efficiencies to our customers.
Thomas H. Lee Partners and Advent International are the principal owners of Amscan.
Amscan is comprised of Amscan Inc., Grasslands Road, Anagram International (the largest manufacturer of metallic balloons in the world), Ya Otta Piñata (a leader in the piñata industry), and retail stores under the brand names Party City, Factory Card & Party Outlet, Halloween City, and The Paper Factory.
In February 2011, Amscan acquired dress-up firm The Christy Group in the UK and renowned party supply company Riethmuller in Germany, both prestigious firms with long histories.
Riethmuller has been family-owned for five generations since it was founded by Carl Riethmuller in 1855, while Christys was formed during the reign of George III in 1773 as a manufacturer of quality hats. It has since been run by eight generations of the Christy family and now produces high quality dress up costumes.
Anagram believes in sustainable manufacturing practices as well as safe consumer use, and therefore partners with The Balloon Council and other organizations to promote consumer safety and environmental sustainability.