ARC adds global leader – Above agency – to its interconnected offering
STOCKHOLM 2021-06-22. ARC consulting group continues its growth journey to create a Nordic digital transformation powerhouse by acquiring innovation agency Above. Above will become a new important piece in ARC’s interconnected client service offering and also bring a new competitive edge thanks to their world-leading position in their niche.
Above agency will be complementing the group’s competencies with their unique expertise within product and service innovation- where physical meets digital and design meets technology. They bring over a decade of expertise in innovative product experiences, delivering best-in-class solutions from digital products to physical experiences, and from vision to market.
With the acquisition, the ARC group will grow from 420 employees to 500 employees and from 600 MSEK in net revenues to close to 700 MSEK in net revenues (FY 2021 forecast).
Since the start of our journey, Above has been committed to driving innovation and positive change for the world’s boldest brands. We believe we found a powerful formula within ARC, where supporting our clients’ ambitious business and sustainability goals is strengthened and amplified even more. We look forward to expanding on and leveraging our new group’s collective competencies, and widening our reach.
– Filip Sauer, CEO, Above agency
“As a partner in our clients’ digital growth and transformation journeys, our aim is to build the undisputed leader in the Nordics. To be the best in the Nordics, we need to look beyond the Nordics. Above is one of a handful of companies that lead their niche – globally. And their service offering fits perfectly in the interconnected range of services that our clients demand.”
– Mattias Olofsson, CEO ARC group
Above is an innovation agency driving positive change through a seamless fusion of strategy, design and tech. They work with the world’s boldest companies to create futures that are optimistic, sustainable, and connected. Their team of 80+ specialists work from their offices in Stockholm and Malmö, Sweden; Shenzhen, China and San Francisco, USA. Above’s clients include Google, Scania, Sonos, Bang & Olufsen, IKEA, Coloplast, Zettle by Paypal.
The ARC group (ARC Arise Consulting Group AB) is a challenger of the established consulting firms in the digital transformation space. ARC is where pioneering business consultants, brand creatives and digital experts join forces. The core belief of ARC is that clients need a partner for their whole digital journey, but are not willing to sacrifice quality or level of expertise in any area. The ARC group of companies – Animal, Conversionista, Cupole, Curamando, Keybroker Kurppa Hosk and now Above – is each a leader in its field. The ARC group has offices in Stockholm, Oslo and Gothenburg.
The private equity company Altor is the leading external investor supporting the ARC group’s growth journey.