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Schawk Completes Acquisition of DJPA

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Press release from the issuing company

DES PLAINES, IL, Jan 12, 2009 -- Schawk, Inc., one of the world's leading providers of brand point management services, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of DJPA, an international brand and packaging design firm. The purchased business includes the London, England and Hilversum, The Netherlands locations of DJPA with approximately USD $8 million in annual revenues. DJPA's clients include Unilever, Grolsch, Warburtons, Heinz, Friesland Foods and Burton's Food.

Schawk has strategically been expanding its capabilities for the past 10 years through acquisitions and internal development to offer greater scale and a global reach, and to service the anticipated global needs of its major brand and retail clients. Today, the Company's offering includes branding, design, technology, retail marketing and additional services that support brands at their different touchpoints globally.

Additionally, Anthem Worldwide, Schawk's strategic design company has grown considerably over the past five years to create an integrated global infrastructure expanding around the world to meet the demands of its customers.

David A. Schawk, president and chief executive officer of Schawk, said, "DJPA has been selected to facilitate the strategically important lead role to expand Anthem's design business in Europe. Our acquisition of DJPA is consistent with our strategy of acquiring strategic and creative companies that enhance the integrated global brand point management services that Schawk and Anthem provide to their clients.

"These same global resources, which allow Schawk and Anthem to provide services on a consistent basis around the world to help clients expand their global reach, will be available to all of DJPA's clients."

Hans Muysson, DJPA's group managing director for Europe, added, "We are very impressed by the rich client base and global resources that Schawk and Anthem have to offer. To have the opportunity to tap into these combined strengths -- strategy, creative and executional -- to create compelling and consistent brand experiences for our clients' brands and the consumer is extremely advantageous."

Muysson added, "The growth plans of Anthem and DJPA share the same goal to become the leading strategic design network with truly global capabilities fueled by design intelligence: a passion for discovery, a commitment to constructing business success, and the ability to transform ideas into actionable solutions. The fact that DJPA has been selected to build the European design business is not only an extremely attractive challenge but also a recognition of our abilities."

Anne Marie Pagliacci, executive vice president, managing group director of Anthem Worldwide, commented, "As Anthem moves forward into the 21st Century and the highly competitive arena of design, DJPA's creative talent, capabilities, client base, international brand perspective and creative approach makes them a great fit with Anthem. The breadth of their creative vision will help our clients' brands flourish wherever they're doing business, as well as advance our ability to provide the best brand point management solutions."

DJPA, which is now part of Anthem Worldwide, has the following locations:
88 Gray's Inn Road, London WCIX 8AA, ENGLAND       t/  +44 (0)20 7025 3850
Marathon 5C, 1213 PC Hilversum, THE NETHERLANDS    t/  +31 (0)35 5393 793

 

 

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