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Turbosound to relocate to Midlands and Manchester

Uli Behringer’s Music Group, the owner of Turbosound, is moving the loudspeaker brand from its Sussex base, ahead of the March 2014 expiration of the lease on its existing property.

Uli Behringer’s Music Group, the owner of Turbosound, is relocating the loudspeaker brand from its Partridge Green base in Sussex, ahead of the March 2014 expiration of the lease on its existing property. The shift marks a “regeneration” for the company, PSNEurope has learned. As a result, manufacturing for Turbosound – an unquestionably iconic brand first created in the mid-1970s – will move to premises owned by Music Group in Kidderminster in the UK Midlands, which serves as Midas and Klark Teknik’s UK manufacturing facility and Music Group’s European Care Centre. Turbo’s research and development activities will relocate to Music Group’s research facility in Manchester. Existing staff have been offered the opportunity to relocate to the new premises. No further information about possible job losses was available at press time. Nigel Beaumont, senior vice president, professional division, said in a statement, “I am very excited about the future of our professional division and Turbosound is an integral part of our vision. Our long-term strategy includes the opening of a new acoustic and digital research facility in Manchester, which will allow the seamless integration of Midas and Klark Teknik’s world-class digital technology expertise with Turbosound’s award-winning speaker technology. “As a result of our massive investment, we are planning to launch the largest range of new Turbosound products in its history at the upcoming Winter NAMM show.” Fears that all loudspeaker manufacture might be transferred to the massive Music Group City in China Zhongshan were allayed by newly appointed marketing manager for the professional division, Graeme Taylor. “I can categorically state this is not the end of manufacturing in the UK,” he told PSNEurope. “In fact, it’s more the regeneration of Turbosound, with more investment than it’s had in many years.” Music Group acquired Turbosound from Proel in June 2012, some 30 months after buying Midas Klark Teknik from Bosch. The Group has already invested over $20m in high-tech manufacturing equipment, and a further $4m in a state-of-the art building in Manchester to house the R&D centre. Staffing levels there are reported to have grown from an initial eight to over 60 in less than three years, “and we are continuing to recruit,” said Uli Behringer in a statement. “This is a new chapter for this iconic speaker brand that was founded over 40 years ago and provided one of the first PA systems for Pink Floyd.”