Ocean Outdoor looks north as it buys Nordic digital specialist Visual Art Media

Digital Out of Home media owner Ocean Outdoor has bought Visual Art Media, an independent digital Out of Home media and tech group operating in three Nordic countries and Germany.

The acquisition of Stockholm-based Visual Art Media adds significantly to Ocean’s presence in Northern Europe, adding Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Germany to the company’s digital OOH portfolio in the UK and the Netherlands. Visual Art Media is also a partner to Unibail-Radamco-Westfield in Germany with the exclusive contract for 15 shopping malls in cities including Berlin and Munich.

Ocean CEO Tim Bleakley says: “Visual Art Media is an attractive business that we have long admired. The company combines great people with great assets in growing DOOH markets, offering impressive opportunities across a number of different business areas and multiple countries.

“We have a strong connection with Sweden and Visual Art Media through our board member, Martin HP Söderström. With his network of Scandinavian real estate firms we see good synergies and possibilities to grow Visual Art Media in the Scandinavian market further.

“This acquisition creates an enhanced offering which benefits all stakeholders, landlords, municipalities and advertisers along with the media and specialist agencies. We look forward to working with the management teams at Visual Art Media to combine their expertise with the Ocean brand and our Digital Cities for Digital Citizens philosophy.”

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