Stamford, CT (October 18, 2013)—Harman International has acquired Netherlands-based pro audio manufacturer Duran Audio BV. Founded in 1981, the company is best known for its AXYS range of loudspeakers, amplifiers, signal processors and network devices, including its Intellivox line of “steerable” columns.
“Today’s acquisition of Duran Audio BV bolsters Harman’s stated commitment to advance our technology leadership through both R&D and acquisitions,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer. “Over the years, Duran Audio has established a distinct and loyal customer base built on innovative technology. By leveraging Duran’s unique product lines with Harman’s global footprint and product synergies, our business is optimally positioned to serve new customers around the world with expanded audio solutions.”
Echoing this viewpoint, Gerrit Duran, founder of Duran Audio noted, “Our focus has always been on innovation. Over the years, we have developed a range of solutions for some of the most difficult problems facing sound system designers, architects and acoustic engineers. Today’s acquisition by Harman presents many wonderful opportunities to push the R&D boundaries even further and to deliver some truly unique technologies to a wider customer base.”