Langenhagen/Germany, November 19, 2012
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH has lately signed an agreement to acquire Charterhouse PM Limited, a leading European marketing services production company. Subject to merger control clearance the acquisition should become effective prior to the end of 2012.
The envisaged acquisition of Charterhouse is part of Konica Minolta’s future strategy to invest in Print Management Services. Thinking „Beyond Printing“, technology leader Konica Minolta will combine Print Management Services (PMS) with Marketing Management Services (MMS), as well as Optimized Print Services (OPS) with Business Process Consulting (BPC). Both will be connected and supported by Konica Minolta’s customer relationship management and different opportunities in document workflow solutions. With this concept, Konica Minolta will expand the service portfolio for customers’ printing demands and lead the digital shift in the commercial printing industry.
Charterhouse PM Limited is a UK-based company providing outsourced marketing production and management services to global brands across 35 European markets from 21 locations, including its European HQ in Paris and its London-based digital production unit.
Ranked 38 in the Sunday Times 2012 International Track 200, Charterhouse has achieved significant growth in recent years driven by geographic expansion, major European contract wins and growing demand for multichannel marketing services.
With deep expertise across print and digital marketing production, Charterhouse is well placed to capitalise on the growing outsourced production market, as clients look for greater efficiency, quality and consistency from their marketing.
Gary Mahoney, CEO, Charterhouse said: „Our clients are looking for global capability and with the support of Konica Minolta, Charterhouse will become truly a global business. With its strength in Asia and America, Konica Minolta gives us a global footprint and provides the financial resources to continue expanding our business and supporting leading brands with cutting edge communications.“
Ken Osuga, President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH said: „This strategic investment will significantly extend the range of print and outsourced marketing management capabilities we can offer our clients. Charterhouse has an impressive track record in this area, working with many of the world’s biggest brands. We look forward to supporting the leadership team as they pursue global growth.“
The existing Charterhouse management team will lead the business, which will continue operating as Charterhouse through its current headquarters and network of offices.
|Company name||Charterhouse PM Limited|
|Turnover||approx. 100 million GBP|
|Employees||Charterhouse has more than 240 employees based across 21 European countries.|
|Businesses||Print Management, Digital Marketing Production, Studio Services, Data Management, Permanent POS and Promotional Merchandise.|
Charterhouse is a leading marketing services production company that delivers cutting-edge communications for global brands. Charterhouse brings its clients’ creative ideas to life through expertise in: Print Management; Digital Marketing Production; Studio Services; Data Management; Permanent POS; and Promotional Merchandise. Passionate about the quality of its service, Charterhouse focuses on its clients’ marketing goals and delivers cost-effective, sustainable solutions.
For more information please visit: www.charterhouseproduction.com.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. The company delivers services and distributes systems and solutions that fulfill all the requirements of the entire document life cycle for clients in the office and production printing area. Konica Minolta’s Optimized Print Services (OPS) concept combines consultancy, hardware, software implementation, and service operation in order to enhance business process efficiency and cost effectiveness. Its product range extends from color and monochrome multifunctional and production printing systems, to laser printers and all-in-ones, and to management software that integrates devices seamlessly into work processes and IT environments. To support customers optimally with powerful and sustainable solutions, technology leader Konica Minolta continuously invests in research and development work and regularly sets new standards.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 50 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). With over 30,600 employees around the world (as of June 2012), Konica Minolta Business Technologies earned net sales of over EUR 5.0 billion in financial year 2011/12.
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