By Dave Robinson
London (December 19, 2006)–Following the much publicized acquisition of Telex Communications by Robert Bosch GmbH in July of 2006, Pro Sound News Europe (PSNE) can reveal that the first round of management and infrastructure changes have been put into place. Bosch has also shown its commitment to the pro-audio brands by committing to a significant sum–thought to be several million euros–towards manufacturing at the EVI Audio HQ in Straubing, Germany.
Mathias von Heydekampf, the former Telex Pro Audio Worldwide president, is now heading up sales and marketing for Bosch’s Communications Systems division–the new designation for the Telex/EVI brands that includes Dynacord, Electro-Voice, Midas and Klark Teknik. His counterpart in product management is Robert Mulatz, who hails from the Bosch side of the business. Von Heydekampf reports that the Communications Division is one of the largest business units within Bosch’s Securities Division.
The changes in Germany have seen the departure of Lutz Berneke, who served as EVI MD for around 18 months. Another senior Bosch staffer, Konrad Proyer, was appointed to run manufacturing in Straubing on November 1st.
When PSNE spoke to Von Heydekampf, he was on his way to Straubing to join his staff in celebrating an encouraging round of investment from the parent company. He commented, “Bosch have the same values as us–yes, they do some things in China–but the core pro-audio business will remain in Germany. We don’t need to move that to China. And that makes me very happy.”