Alleroed, Denmark (December 4, 2017)—DPA Microphones has acquired UK pro audio distributor Sound Network [no relation to our site, prosoundnetwork.com]. The company has distributed DPA for the last two decades, making inroads for the manufacturer’s products into the UK broadcast, live sound and theater markets.
DPA’s decision to acquire Sound Network came after Sound Network co-founders Pete Wandless and Ralph Dunlop announced their intention to retire from the business they started in 1994. All of Sound Network’s staff will remain with the company in their usual roles. The company name will also continue, as will its distribution arrangements with other manufacturers such as Sony Pro Audio, Meris, Bubblebee Industries, Quested Monitors, Smart Research and China Cones.
Adam Pierce, Sound Network’s sales and marketing director, will now head the company and report directly to DPA’s EVP of Sales Nikolaj Forsberg. Pierce noted, “Sound Network has aligned itself with DPA’s philosophy since its inception, so this is the next logical step for both companies to continue their growth and ambitions in the UK market. Sound Network’s reputation for high level service and expertise will only be strengthened by a closer partnership with DPA Microphones and while it is 'business as usual,’ our customers and our other manufacture partners will definitely benefit from this move. DPA have always inspired us as a brand, through its incredible product portfolio and its people, so we are delighted to become part of the family.”
“Sound Network has been a marvelous ambassador for DPA for many years and has invested heavily in the brand,” says DPA’s CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen. “By acquiring the business, we can maintain our close cooperation with the company and build on the strong relationships Sound Network already has with our all-important UK dealers and customers. Sound Network has a large range of prestigious customers, including most of the West End theatres that are influential beyond the borders of the UK. We will now be much closer to these important customers and that will give us even more insight into the environment in which our microphones are being used.”
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