Leyard and Planar Acquire eyevis

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Today Leyard and Planar announced the intent to acquire eyevis, a manufacturer of visual display solutions. Through this geographic expansion, the companies will better serve customers in EMEA with combined marketing, sales, installation support and customer service. eyevis, a German manufacturer of large screen systems, is a provider and integrator of visualization systems for professional applications in control rooms, broadcast, virtual reality […]

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Did Plantronics Bail Out Polycom or Is This Perfect Timing?

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As the rest of the advertiser-supported AV press just reprints the Polycom or Plantronics press releases, we’re going to call it how we see it — with the truth about this “acquisition.” Yes, Plantronics is taking control of Polycom — a history-making videoconferencing company that all but invented the space — for what amounts to $2.0 billion in enterprise […]

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STRATACACHE Buys X2O Media From Barco

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Barco announced the sale of Montréal-based X2O Media to STRATACACHE. STRATACACHE will offer an enhanced focus and new growth opportunities for X2O. After its acquisition in 2014, X2O became part of Barco’s Enterprise division, which focuses on solutions for meeting and control rooms. Over the years, X2O secured top tier customers including John Deere, Verizon, FoxNews and Accenture. All customer agreements will […]

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Why AVI Systems Purchased Magenium Solutions

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AVI Systems announced today that it has acquired Magenium Solutions, a Chicago-based technology services provider that brings vast expertise in Microsoft competencies to hundreds of companies nationwide. Magenium Solutions: Now “Powered By AVI” Commenting on Magenium’s future as a company “Powered By AVI,” Tim Traxinger, managing director and co-founder of Magenium Solutions, said, “This is a union of kindred companies. As a 100 percent ESOP organization, AVI […]

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BlueDog Data Services Merges with Audio Design, Inc.

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BlueDog Data Services, a provider of data management services supporting the tools, processes and standards necessary for integrators to compete, grow and remain profitable, announces a merger with Audio Design, Inc., a provider of outsourced system design and documentation, to form the BlueDog Group. The companies combine to offer a more comprehensive suite of design (proposals), project documentation (drawings), […]

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Unified AV Systems Acquires Xzact Technologies

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Unified AV Systems announced today the completion of the acquisition of Xzact Technologies and plans to merge the operations of Xzact Technologies into the company effective Jan. 1, 2018. Unified AV Systems (UAVS) is an Atlanta, GA-based company providing design, engineering, installation, and maintenance services for Audio Visual & Video communication systems to corporate, education, […]

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Canadian AV Integration Company Genesis Integration Buys Audability

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Canadian AV and collaboration company Genesis Integration Inc. has acquired Audability Inc., including its Sono Video offices in Quebec, as of Oct. 16, 2017. This gives Genesis Integration 10 location across Canada. “This is all about synergy, with both Genesis and Audability bringing different skillsets and experiences. This will propel us forward to become a much […]

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AVI Systems Acquires Dascom Systems Group

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AVI Systems announced its plans to acquire Dascom Systems Group, a full-service integrator of IPTV services, including IP networking, video, applications and integration. AVI Systems will operate the company as Dascom Systems Group from its Saint Paul, Minnesota location, and will retain all employees. “We have been interested in Dascom for many years,” says AVI […]

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Coretronic Acquires British Image Processing Company Calibre

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Coretronic of Taiwan, one of the largest projector manufacturers in the world, has completed the acquisition of Calibre, a privately held British image processing technology manufacturer based in Bradford, Yorkshire, UK. The acquisition of Calibre expands Coretronic’s technology capability by the addition of Calibre’s range of HQUltra image processing technology and in-house R&D capabilities. Coretronic […]

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Savant Acquires Artison

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Savant has announced today the acquisition of Artison, an audio products manufacturer based in Minden, Nev. that builds whole-house audio and home theater solutions. The acquisition enables Savant to leverage Artison’s key patents and audio engineering expertise toward future entertainment technologies. Artison was founded by acclaimed engineer Cary Christie in 2003 and has focused in the architectural loudspeaker and subwoofer categories. Artison […]

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AptoVision Acquired by Semtech Corporation

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Semtech Corporation, a supplier of analog, mixed-signal semiconductors and algorithms, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire AptoVision Technologies Inc., a privately-held provider of uncompressed, zero-frame latency, Video over IP solutions addressing the exciting Pro AV market. The acquisition is expected to add over 30 employees based in Montreal. AptoVision CEO Kamran Ahmed will join Semtech reporting to Gary […]

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Legrand Buys Milestone AV

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Legrand (parent company for Middle Atlantic, Luxul, ON-Q and Vantage) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Milestone AV Technologies, the parent company of AV brands including Da-Lite, Vaddio, Sanus, Projecta and Chief, which makes projector mounts, projection screens, PTZ cameras, equipment racks and AV furniture for both the HomeAV and […]

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Prysm Announces Kaybus Acquisition to Strengthen Enterprise Offering

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Prysm today announced it has completed the acquisition of Kaybus, Inc, a creator of secure, cloud-based knowledge automation software, adding more enterprise-grade enhancements for Prysm Application Suite. Integration of the Kaybus development team and technology into Prysm Application Suite is already underway. A wide range of mission-critical enhancements from the acquisition are expected to benefit end users and application administrators across four key […]

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Samsung Electronics Completes Acquisition of HARMAN — And Now, Even Harman President Only References the Automotive Connection

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Samsung Electronics Friday announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Harman International. Under the terms of the merger agreement, HARMAN stockholders will receive $112.00 per share in cash. The completion follows the satisfaction of all conditions to the closing of the transaction, including approval of the transaction by HARMAN stockholders and receipt of […]

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Control4 Buys Triad Speakers for $9.6 Million

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Control4 announced today that it has acquired Triad Speakers, a manufacturer of advanced audio technology with customizable speaker-solutions. Triad, a 30-year old company, manufactures high-quality, built-to-order premium audio speakers to meet the discerning demands of homeowners – for home theaters, family rooms, whole-home or multi-room audio, as well as for outdoor environments. The acquisition of […]

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Kramer Buys iRule and ON Controls

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Kramer has announced this week the acquisition of iRule, a cloud-based control and automation software for commercial and residential markets. In 2014, Kramer announced a partnership with iRule to deliver “the ultimate control and automation technology” — Kramer Control. The Kramer Control platform enables integrators to deliver control of lighting, HVAC, communications, A/V and more […]

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Footprint

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All the biggest stories of 2016 in the AV integration space had to do with acquisition.  The latest round of which relayed that Samsung bought Harman Group, AVI-SPL bought Anderson AV, and Compass Group bought Waveguide. Well the AV prognosticators are already out in force predicting the future and they see more of this consolidation […]

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SnapAV Acquires Music Streaming and Audio Distribution Company Autonomic

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SnapAV announced this week that it has purchased Autonomic, a manufacturer of music streaming and multi-room audio distribution solutions for the custom install market. Autonomic “makes the consumption of digital media easier” for customers by offering a distributed audio system that’s controllable with iOS and Android devices or via a control system. SnapAV distributes audiovisual […]

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Polycom Will Not Merge With Mitel — Will Be Purchased By Siris Capital for $2 Billion

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Polycom said today that it plans to end its merger agreement with technology company Mitel and will instead be purchased by private equity company Siris Capital Group for $2 billion. Siris offered $12.50 per share, which is an approximate 14 percent premium over Mitel’s offer, which included both cash and stock. Siris’ offer is a […]

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AVAD Acquired by Kingswood Capital Management

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Kingswood Capital Management, an operationally focused middle market private equity investment firm, has announced that its controlled affiliate has acquired AVAD, LLC, as well as its subsidiary, AVAD Canada Ltd. AVAD is a distributor of high-end audio and video solutions focused on the commercial and residential custom installation markets in North America, with more than […]

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The Implications of H.I.G. Capital’s Acquisition of AVI-SPL

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Richard Stokes, managing director of the $19 billion private equity investment firm H.I.G Capital says, “AVI-SPL is the established market leader in the AV systems and collaboration solutions market and we look forward to supporting the continued expansion of the company’s service offering and geographic footprint.” Today the EMEA part of AVI-SPL’s geographic footprint includes […]

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SMART Technologies Purchased by Foxconn

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Foxconn, who made AV news last month by buying SHARP, just announced they are acquiring SMART Technologies. The deal is that Foxconn will buy SMART (who is traded on the NASDAQ as SMT) for US$4.50 per share. SMART is currently trading at only at $0.42 per share. The US$4.50 per Common Share purchase price represents […]

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Almo Professional A/V Completes Acquisition with IAVI

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A little over a month after announcing it is acquiring certain assets and assuming certain liabilities of International Audio Visual Inc. (IAVI), Almo Professional A/V today reported that the transition has been completed. As a result, Almo Corporation is now the largest privately-held professional audio video distributor in the industry and a $1.2B corporation. It […]

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Bowers & Wilkins Acquired by EVA Automation

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Bowers & Wilkins, the British audio brand founded in Sussex, England, in 1966, has been acquired by Silicon Valley based EVA Automation Inc. Bowers & Wilkins is a maker of high-end audio equipment. EVA Automation will integrate fully with Bowers &Wilkins’ acoustic engineering prowess by offering innovative A/V technologies and product vision that will enable […]

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Barco Buys Control System Company Medialon

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Barco has purchased Florida-based Medialon. Medialon is known as a control system company that’s 100 percent cloud-based. “For us, Barco has the piece we were missing — a sales channel,” Medialon North American Sales Manager, Eric Cantrell, told rAVe today. He continued, “It’s been an interesting several months. We are profitable and this gives Barco […]

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Cisco to Acquire Acano for $700 M

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Today, Cisco announced its intent to acquire Acano Limited, a privately held company based in London that provides collaboration infrastructure and conferencing software. Acano’s hardware and software includes gateways, and video and audio bridging technology that allows customers to connect video systems from multiple vendors across both cloud and hybrid environments. This acquisition will help […]

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Christie Acquires Allure Global Solutions

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Christie today announced the acquisition of Allure Global Solutions, Inc. (Allure), an engagement and transaction technologies provider, as well as all of its products and services. The firm is headquartered in Atlanta, and will operate as “Allure, a Christie Company.” Allure provides digital signage, point-of-sale and consumer engagement solutions, in the form of products and […]

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SnapAV Buys Outdoor TV Company SunBriteTV

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SnapAV’s growth story since launching in 2005 is entering an exciting new chapter as it buys its first display company — and more acquisitions are in the works. The Charlotte, NC-based manufacturer, known for its focus on the residential AV market as being both a manufacturer and a distributor, just announced the acquisition of outdoor […]

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Auro Technologies Acquires Digital Media Solutions and Its StormAudio brand

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Digital Media Solutions (DMS), owner of the StormAudio brand, and its subsidiary Digital Media Solutions Residential (DMS-R), have been acquired by Auro Technologies, the creators of the Auro-3D immersive sound format. The deal brings the audio electronics expertise of DMS into the Auro Technologies family, and provides R&D, design, and manufacturing capacity to complement its […]

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