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Biamp acquires Apart and Community

Biamp acquires Apart and Community

Biamp acquires Apart and Community

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Audioprof Group International, the parent company of Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio, has been acquired by Biamp from 3d Investors of Gent, Belgium.

Having celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, Community Loudspeakers is a respected manufacturer of premium speakers targeting demanding indoor and outdoor applications including commercial, leisure, stadiums and other large venues. Most recently, the Philadelphia-based company introduced the new L-Series LVH-900 Beam-forming Venue Horn at InfoComm 2019.

Rashid Skaf
Rashid Skaf

Based in Antwerp, Apart Audio has established itself as a provider of audio solutions in small- and mid-sized venues with a large portfolio of speakers, amplifiers, mixers, controllers and paging stations. Having entered into the North American market in 2018, Apart has a well-established business in Europe and a market in which Biamp’s extensive distribution system can provide an immediate boost.

‘I am tremendously excited to complete this transaction,’ commented Biamp president, CEO and co-chairman, Rashid Skaf. ‘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.’

Biamp's headquarters in Beaverton
Biamp's headquarters in Beaverton

The acquisition follows quickly after the launch of Biamp’s desono speaker family developed primarily for conferencing rooms and smaller-scale applications. ‘I am thrilled that Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio are joining the Biamp family,’ added Apart Audio CEO, Kris Vermuyten. ‘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 10 years that helped our company grow into a worldwide installed sound specialist.’

Under Skaf’s direction, Biamp has charted an aggressive growth strategy that blends organic product line and distribution expansion with entry into new markets via acquisition. The addition of Audioprof Group International follows that of Cambridge Sound Management in December 2018, making Biamp a leader in sound masking systems. Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio will join Biamp as product families within the company’s portfolio, with business functions gradually blending to form a single Biamp business.



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