ADXBA and Astra Signs to merge

ADXBA and Astra Signs to merge
Digital signage provider ADXBA and bespoke architectural signage company Astra Signs have announced details of a merger that will see them become a full-service provider of both traditional and digital signage systems.

The companies will ultimately operate under one brand, whilst maintaining their existing identities and premises for the foreseeable future.

image L-R: David Derbyshire (Astra Signs MD) and Jim Kerr (ADXBA MD) 

The merger brings together two Manchester-based firms with a national presence. Astra Signs has a track-record in bespoke architectural and traditional signage, supplying signage across the UK and Europe for clients such as Arnold Clark, Manchester Metrolink, Skechers and Bruntwood. 

ADXBA is a provider of complete digital signage systems to DOOH advertisers, transports hubs, and stadia. The company’s turnkey service covers the entire AV integration process, providing bespoke systems as well as 24/7 monitoring and maintenance. Following a diversification programme, ADXBA has enjoyed a period of growth in the last 18 months, recent noteworthy projects include working with BT for their next generation Street Hubs and with Manchester Airport on their £1 billion transformation of Terminal 2.     

The combined business will retain all current staff and be led by ADXBA’s MD Jim Kerr, while Astra Signs MD David Derbyshire will take time out to travel and explore other interests. Astra Signs will retain the family business legacy through his brother, Joe, who will continue in his role as operations director, as well as his son and nephew who work at the company.  David Derbyshire will also retain close links with the signage industry through his involvement with the International Sign Association UK and British Standards.