Legendary British Hi-Fi and AV brand Arcam acquired by Harman International

posted on Sunday, 16th July 2017 by Steve May

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In a surprise move, British Hi-Fi and AV brand Arcam has been acquired by Harman International. The company will become part of Harman’s Lifestyle Audio division, alongside AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Mark Levinson and Revel. Harman International itself was acquired by Samsung earlier this year. That move was largely seen as an attempt to open up the automotive technology market for the South Korean giant.

Speaking exclusively to Inside CI, Arcam chief Charlie Brennan (pictured above), declared: “It's true that we have been acquired by Harman. I see exciting times ahead. The team stays the same and I'm looking forward to seeing what Arcam can achieve as part of their specialist high performance business that including Revel speakers, Mark Levinson and Lexicon. All parties want to see Arcam thrive as a centre of engineering excellence.”

He adds: “No big announcementsare planned. Buisness as usual.”

“Harman recognizes the value and potential of Arcam’s people, technologies and brands, and we expect the combination will deliver growth opportunities and benefits to our customers,” reads an email to dealers from Søren Majlund, Commercial Director EUN, Harman Lifestyle Audio Division. 

“Arcam and Harman share a likeminded passion for bringing the highest quality sound into people's lives and we believe bringing the power of the two companies together will benefit the partnership we have with you,” it continues.  “I will be leading integration for EMEA sales along with Scott Campbell and it is my goal to lead a seamless integration.”

For more news stories about Arcam visit our resource page here. Catch up on other Harman developments here.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and Ideal Home (amongst others).

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