PA Consulting buys product design firm Design Partners

25 May 2022 2 min. read
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PA Consulting, a global innovation and transformation consultancy, has acquired Design Partners, an Ireland-based product design and innovation agency.

Founded in 1984 and based in Bray, Ireland, Design Partners provides services in product strategy, design for sustainability, wearable technology, human interaction devices, and medical device design. The firm works with international clients 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 strategy and design capabilities.PA Consulting buys product design firm Design PartnersProduct design and innovation has been a core part of PA’s consulting business for over 75 years, from the design of the first brushless servo motor to the UK’s standard electric vehicle chargepoint.

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

PA has acquired numerous design studios in the US in the last several years, including Essential Design, Astro Studios, and Cooper Perkins. PA was itself acquired by Jacobs, a US-based multinational engineering firm, in 2021. 

PA's more than 4,000 professionals in Europe and the US work with clients in a range of industries to accelerate new growth ideas from concept through to design, development, and commercial success. PA’s consulting offerings span strategy and operations, digital transformation, and 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, conceiving, and delivering ingenious new products and services will magnify our capabilities. Together we can provide our clients with an exceptional full suite design and innovation offering.”