Biamp Announces Acquisition of Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio

News item: July 17, 2019

Biamp, a leading supplier of professional audio and video solutions and partner of VideoCentric Ltd, have announced the acquisition of Audioprof Group International, parent company of Community Loudspeakers, Pennsylvania, and Apart Audio based in Antwerp, Belgium from 3d Investors of Gent, Belgium.

Founded in 1968 by speaker design pioneer Bruce Howze, Community Loudspeakers has a long history of speaker design firsts. It is now a well-established and respected manufacturer of premium speakers for organisations demanding indoor and outdoor applications, including commercial, leisure, stadiums, and large venues.  Most recently at InfoComm 2019, Community Loudspeakers introduced the new L SERIES LVH-900 Beamforming Venue Horn, continuing its tradition of innovation.

Apart Audio provides full signal path functional, commercial and leisure audio solutions for small and mid-size venues including retail, food service, education, and small offices. Apart Audio offers a broad array of speakers as well as amplifiers, mixers, controllers, and paging stations. Apart has a well-established business in Europe and just entered North America in 2018, a market in which Biamp’s extensive distribution system can provide an immediate boost.

 “I am tremendously excited to complete this transaction. Building a comprehensive lineup of speakers has been a priority of mine as we move to position Biamp as a full line provider of professional audiovisual solutions. Acquiring Apart Audio and Community Loudspeakers was my preferred route to accomplishing that quickly with incredibly strong and respected brands. The many products added to our portfolio give us powerful positions in several key growth markets for Biamp — most notably retail, hospitality, restaurants, stadiums, and outdoor venues. With this move, Biamp has clearly established itself as a leader in the pro AV market.” – Rashid Skaf, Biamp President, CEO, and co-Chairman commented.

“I am thrilled that Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio are joining the Biamp family. The great product complementarity and geographical fit strengthen my belief that we are now part of one of the strongest and most respected AV solutions providers and that we will be able to offer best in class solutions to our channel partners and end users. I want to thank 3d Investors for their hands-on support and guidance during the last ten years that helped our company grow into a worldwide installed sound specialist,” added Kris Vermuyten, CEO of Apart Audio.

Biamp is a leader in professional audio systems for business, education, and government facilities, and offers a wide range of AV solutions that enable communication across conferencing rooms, lecture halls, hospitality and retail, as well as paging for open areas like offices, stadiums, retail centres and casinos. 

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