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B&C Speakers Acquires Eighteen Sound, Ciare

B&C Speakers SpA has acquired Eighteen Sound and loudspeaker company Ciare.

Florence, Italy (January 3, 2018)—B&C Speakers SpA acquired transducer manufacturer, Eighteen Sound and loudspeaker company Ciare in mid-December. The move comes just two years after Eighteen Sound itself acquired Ciare.

“We are proud to add Eighteen Sound and Ciare to our group, and we look forward to offering both brands access to more resources. We can now blend our knowledge in manufacturing and development, helping to offer an improved product range, build quality and overall customer experience,” said B&C CEO Lorenzo Coppini.

Eighteen Sound’s 2015 acquisition of Ciare, a loudspeaker and amplifier provider for the professional, home and car audio markets, came just months after the two companies initially entered into a strategic agreement where Eighteen assumed handling all of Ciare’s worldwide sales. In the wake of the acquisition, Ciare rebranded.

Ron Tizzard, director of Sales for B&C, added “These are two great brands that each have a strong culture and legacy that we hope to build on. Both Eighteen Sound and Ciare already have many dedicated OEM customers, and a well developed distribution network that will require few changes.”

The B&C, Eighteen Sound and Ciare brands will be presented together later this month at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, January 25-28, 2017.

Founded in 1946, transducer manufacturer B&C Speakers operates out of a nearly 14,000-square-meter, production and R&D facility in Florence, Italy.

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