PA Consulting acquires product design firm Design Partners


PA Consulting, a global innovation and transformation consultancy, has acquired Design Partners, an Irish product design and innovation agency.

Founded in 1984 and based in Bray, Ireland, Design Partners provides services in the areas of product strategy, design for sustainability, wearable technology, human interaction devices and medical device design. The company works with global customers in consumer, technology and healthcare, and has designed products for leading companies such as Honeywell, Logitech and Jameson.

Design Partners has more than 40 employees, according to LinkedIn.

PA Consulting will add the Design Partners team to its innovation offering, complementing the London-based firm’s design strategy and capabilities.Product design and innovation has been at the heart of PA’s consultancy business for over 75 years, from the design of the first brushless servomotor to the standard charging station for electric vehicles in the UK.

“We are delighted to welcome Design Partners’ multidisciplinary team of designers and engineers to PA Consulting,” said Ken Toombs, CEO of PA Consulting. “This partnership will expand our design capabilities, further enhancing our ability to deliver the most ingenious products, solutions and experiences to our customers.”

PA has acquired numerous design studios in the United States over the past few years, including Essential Design, Astro Studios, and Cooper Perkins. PA was itself acquired by Jacobs, a US-based multinational engineering company, in 2021.

PA’s more than 4,000 professionals in Europe and the United States work with clients in a variety of industries to accelerate new ideas for growth from concept to design, development and commercial success. PA’s consulting offerings cover strategy and operations, digital transformation, product design and engineering, among other areas.

Trevor O’Reilly, CEO of Design Partners, added: “We are delighted that PA and Design Partners are coming together. PA’s experience in amplifying design with science and engineering, designing and delivering ingenious new products and services will amplify our capabilities. Together, we can provide our customers with an exceptional offering of full suite design and innovation. »


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