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Our History

SGK began more than 60 years ago as Schawk Litho Plate on Kedzie Avenue in Chicago. In the early years, the business focused on packaging and consumer products companies, working closely with printers to ensure superior prepress and printing results.

Following a four-decade period of acquiring more than 25 prepress companies in North America, the Company began expanding its capabilities to include design and technology and to expand its footprint into Asia Pacific.

In the mid 1990s, SGK began acquiring established award-winning design agencies in the U.S. and Canada. And in 1997, SGK created a global graphics management software service for brands, the first created for the graphics industry to meet the unique demands of consumer product packaging.

In the late 1990s, SGK entered the Asian Pacific market, acquiring the Laserscan Group in Malaysia, and began serving the needs of global companies in the region with local insights.

During the 2000s, SGK acquired additional branding and design agencies around the world, further expanding and deepening its competency in this area of the business.

In 2014, SGK was acquired by Matthews International and the Matthews Brand Solutions Group was integrated into SGK. This significantly expanded SGK’s operations in Europe, elevated our rotogravure capabilities and deepened our flexo expertise, adding impressive innovations and insights to the SGK offering.

We are proud to count the many talented people all over the world from Matthews Brand Solutions as trusted SGK team members who are focused on helping SGK drive brand performance for all its clients.