FRANKFURT, Germany –Underscoring the synergies fundamental to HARMAN Professional’s acquisition of Martin Professional earlier this year, both organizations will cooperate closely at Pro Light & Sound to provide customers and channel partners with a clear insight of the potential that lies ahead. Aside from featuring one another’s technology on their respective stands, HARMAN and Martin Professional — now the anchor brand of HARMAN Professional Division’s Lighting Strategic BU — will collaborate on a series of marketing, training and customer events over the course of the show.
In addition to its range of audio technologies from AKG, BSS Audio, Crown, dbx, JBL, Lexicon, Soundcraft and Studer, HARMAN’s Professional Division will also feature a large Martin Professional LED video wall and stage lighting display at Stand F32 in Hall 8. Martin Professional — located at Stand A93 in Hall 9 — will debut its ground-breaking RUSH Series, a full range of cost-effective, high-performing, entry-level systems and also feature a variety of audio technologies from HARMAN Professional brands including a PA system including AKG wireless mics, JBL install speakers and a Soundcraft Si Performer digital mixing console for audio and lighting.
“Customers and channel partners around the world expect HARMAN to be at the vanguard of pure innovation and system integration for professional-grade audio — and now also lighting — systems,” said Scott Robbins, Executive Vice President of Global Sales of HARMAN’s Professional Division. “The combined impact of HARMAN and Martin at this show is an encouraging indicator of the synergies between these technologies and an insight into some of the opportunities they offer for the future.”
Echoing this sentiment, Lars Dige Knudsen, Vice President, General Manager, Lighting Strategic Business Unit, HARMAN Professional noted, “Working closely with our colleagues from other HARMAN Professional entities clearly creates a win-win scenario for us, our customers and channel partners. Now, with a comprehensive, inclusive systems approach, deeper resources at our disposal and access to some very smart, experienced executives and engineers we can be faster, nimbler and better equipped to develop new, market winning system technologies.”
Martin is a world leading provider of lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, and its acquisition advances HARMAN’s capacity to serve customers in a wide variety of applications and geographic markets with the most advanced, highly integrated AV and lighting systems. Martin lighting systems are renowned the world over. Most recently, the outdoor Martin LED lighting system was showcased during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Martin luminaires have also recently been used for live performances by rock acts such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Coldplay as well as for the latest Broadway and West End musicals. Martin is in the process of launching new products across all of its product lines including new models in the award-winning MAC Viper family, as well as new creative LED video products, innovative lighting control solutions, new atmospheric smoke solutions and more.
HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.