DJPA looks to expand following takeover by Schawk

Anglo-Dutch group DJPA is looking to grow in the UK and Europe, following its acquisition yesterday by listed global network Schawk.

The group joins strategic and design consultancy Anthem – which also acts as Nestlé’s in-house design capability – within Schawk’s creative portfolio, Anthem Worldwide group. Schawk’s other divisions comprise brand point management, retail marketing and repro services.

DJPA will retain its name, brand, management structure and staff, according to DJPA managing director Hans Muysson. It will be ‘business as usual’ under the acquisition, he says, though DJPA will be able to extend its ‘offer, flexibility and resources’ with the support of a worldwide network.

DJPA will harness client connections afforded to it by Schawk and look at developing new business in the UK and Europe. ‘We’re familiar with brands in a sophisticated market,’ says Muysson. The aim is to become a top five UK group, with the aim to find synergies with Anthem and create a collaborative working practice, adds a DJPA spokesman.

Anthem has 11 studios worldwide and UK offices in London and York.

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