In June 1998 Icon Medialab passes the 200 employee limit, Icon Medialab Finland opens up a new office in Helsinki, Oscar Bjers joins the Swedish Medialab as MD. The Icon Medialab share is listed at the Stockholm Börsinformation stock exchange and ends the first day at +24%.
Major new clients for Sweden are world-leading packaging companyTetra Pak, leading banker/insurer SEB and state owned lottery/gambling company Svenska Spel. At the same time, London signs an agreement with Fujitsu to develop their European e-commerce site.
In August Thor Birkmand joins Icon Medialab Copenhagen as MD, and in September Icon Medialab Hamburg open its doors with Frank Roessner as MD. The same month Icon Medialab Hamburg acquires Cologne-based web designers killikanu. Icon Knowledge Management is launched, and will develop solutions for web-based education and knowledge management.
In October, Forbes magazine lists Icon Medialab as one of the world’s 300 most interesting small companies (and the only Internet company among the 300). The Industry Standard lists Icon Medialab as one of the world’s 24 leading web consultancies, among companies like iXL, Microsoft, USWeb/CKS, Andersen Consulting and EDS.
In November, Sweden Post’s president and CEO Ulf Dahlsten and Sifo Management Group partner and CEO Elisabet Annell joins the Icon Medialab board.
The Icon Medialab stock premieres at the Stockholm Stock Exchange O-list November 18.
In December 1998 SAS chose Icon Medialab in Sweden as Nordic partner for strategic business solutions on the Internet. The agreement extends over a longer period. During this period Icon Medialab has the status of preferred provider for SAS. This is so far the largest engagement in Icon Medialab’s history.
Icon Medialab and Bonnierförlagen AB introduce WebCat AB, a company that will offer solutions and content for computer-based education. WebCat is the result of the merger of Bonnier Icon Publishing and Icon Knowledge Management.