Aesch, Switzerland (December 15, 2008)–UK-based Concert Sound has become part of Audio Rent Clair; being renamed Concert Sound Clair in January, 2009, the company will maintain its own identity and commercial operation, and its current management team and staff will remain in place. Barrie Marshall will step back as chairman of Concert Sound at the end of this year, but will remain a Director of the Board.
Troy Clair, president and CEO of Clair, stated, “Having Concert Sound as part of the Clair group is much more than a logistical move. It is the culmination of a close working relationship and friendships that stretch back many years. Time and again, the UK team has demonstrated its commitment to service and pushing the industry forward. As such, it is a natural fit into our organization and we are excited by what it can add.” With the addition of Concert Sound Clair, Clair Global now has nine locations spanning four continents.
Both companies expect to use the synergies of the newly expanded group, which includes lighting and video rental. Audio Rent Clair’s 90,000 square foot warehouse in Aesch, located in the heart of Europe, will remain the main hub for the European Clair touring inventory. Meanwhile, Concert Sound Clair’s presence close to London gives access to proprietary Clair products and services for UK-based clients.
CSC managing director Tim Boyle stated, “I am excited about the new products and services we can bring to our clients and also for the new opportunities that will arise for every member of the team, both here and in Switzerland.” Jürg Hügin, chairman of the Audio Rent Clair board, noted, “The opportunities for both companies that became apparent when we started talking have made this such an obvious move for us. Our clients have asked us for increased flexibility and we have been able to answer in a way that extends our in-house skills base even further, as well as adding logistical benefits. It’s a great situation for everyone!”
Both companies have long histories in the tour sound and contracting segments of the professional audio market and have cooperated on many events in the past, most notably on tours and one-off events with Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler and Tina Turner.
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