Adlib has acquired Scottish PA company EFX Audio.
The Liverpool audio, AV and lighting specialist opened a Scottish office in January under the stewardship of Graham Cochrane (see Adlib says yes to Scotland with new Glasgow office) – predominantly to support its sales and installation clients, which include numerous restaurants – and has since supplied audio for the main stage at T in the Park 2015, installed an L-Acoustics Kiva system in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow and provided lighting for the recent World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow.
The acquisition of EFX, one of Scotland’s leading audio suppliers, will “provide a platform for Adlib to grow its business in the region” and “service clients to the high standards they expect”, says the company.
Adlib’s MD (and FOH engineer for Texas until 2014), Andy Dockerty, says: “I remember mixing my early Texas shows in Scotland and being extremely impressed with the way the EFX sound systems were presented. They set the standards in Scotland and had a huge part to play in how Adlib developed during the early ’90s nineties. It is a true ‘benchmark’ company.
“The opportunity to develop this company further and continue the amazing work of industry legend [EFX founder] Johnny Ramsay was too big an opportunity to miss.”
Adlib is planning “heavy investment” in EFX, including a 24-box L-Acoustics K2 system and a wider range of consoles, including DiGiCo, Soundcraft and Avid. “The additional kit will provide our clients with considerably more options without having to go further afield,” says Graham Cochrane. It is also planning to relocate EFX from its current premises in Bathgate to new warehousing in the Glasgow area.
“We are hugely excited to see this step become a reality,” concludes Dockerty. “The intention is to move into the new warehouse in early 2016 and start to roll out of all the comprehensive training opportunities that Adlib currently offers in Liverpool. We want to develop the talents and skills of local engineers and aspiring new ones, and further cultivate relationships with the community of Scottish technicians we already know. We believe the potential opportunities for all are massive.”
Pictured: Adlib/EFX’s Andy Dockerty, Graham Cochrane, Steph Fleming, Dave Jones and Dave Kay